Forum surfaces ongoing controversy over prime cause of lead poisoning in Milwaukee

By Abby Ng
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
November 29, 2018

Wisconsin is 48th out of 50 states in per capita public health spending, which makes it challenging to address the problem of lead poisoning in Milwaukee, according to Helen Meier, an assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health.

“How are we going to address serious health inequities when we’re 48th out of 50?” she asked, speaking to a group of about 50 people at a recent public forum on lead issues hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV).

Lack of sufficient resources is among the barriers to lead poisoning prevention in the city, Meier said, noting that community members and the local government must work together to address these barriers.

In addition to LWV members, the audience included representatives of the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) and Get the Lead Out Coalition. With presenters from the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD), Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and UW-Milwaukee, the goal of the forum was to provide information from a variety of perspectives and encourage lead prevention advocacy…

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