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During the last three years this group of concerned citizens, parents, health and environmental professionals known as the Lead Safe Omaha Coalition (LSOC) have been meeting to develop strategies to address the problem of exposure to lead and the health problems associated with lead exposure.
One of the primary goals of the LSOC is to reduce lead exposure by children 6 years of age and younger by 20% within three (3) years. In order to accomplish this goal, the LSOC has been focusing their energy around the following six task forces:
- Education and Outreach
- Identify resources and maintaining/building the Coalition
- Data Collection and Usage
- Identify and obtain Lead Abatement sources ( primary prevention-housing )
- Affecting Laws and Public Policy
- Medical and Clinical Awareness
To continue and promote the goals of the Education and Outreach Task Force, the LSOC Hour began airing Monday nights on Channel 22, Community Telecast, INC. at 7:00 p.m. This program has been replaced by the People Talking to People Hour and is shown twice each week. There is a live taping each Monday at 7:00 p.m. and a replay of Monday's program is shown on Thursday's at 10:30 p.m.
The objectives of the Lead Safe Omaha Coalition television program are:
- Advocate the importance of screening among young children, thereby, increasing the number of young children being screened ( tested for elevated lead blood levels ).
- Promote lead education and prevention awareness regarding childhood lead poisoning.
- Increase community participation and leadership in the coalition.
- Educate community members within the targeted area on how to become informed community lead advocates and educators.
- Educate the community on how to reduce or prevent lead poisoning during home renovation.
- Raise the level of community/grass roots involvement in dealing with environmental, political, and legislative issues.
- Children's programming including puppet show.
- Workshops and speakers providing information on lead poisoning prevention issues.
- Library of books, pamphlets, brochures and educational materials regarding lead poisoning.
- Referrals to other organizations for blood testing, home repair programs, and related services.
- Lead screening for children under the age of six.
- Exhibits at community events, health fairs, home shows, and neighborhood assosication meetings.
Projects for the Lead Safe Omaha Coalition in the future are ...
- Sponsor a Parent Community Rally.
- Provide an on-going screening facility within the Community.
- Hold a Community Forum addressing "childhood lead poisoning".
- Partner with the Community Youth to work on reducing childhood lead poisoning.
- Provide training classes for parents on how to protect their home from lead poisoning.
- Encourage the use of the Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) grant, the Omaha Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program, for interim control and abatement of lead poisoning.
- Ensure accurate data collection within Douglas County.
- Provide training classes for home based Daycares.
- Provide train-the-trainer classes.
- Educate the real estate industry on the importance of interim control and abatement to elilminate lead poisoning as well as assist in providing resources for such services.