Date of Graduation
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Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Lead poisoning is a severe public health problem affecting children more rapidly than adults. Elevated levels of lead can cause low intelligence quotient (IQ), renal problems, and cardiovascular problems. Children are at higher risk to lead exposure in the places where they spend most of the time, such as houses, schools, and childcare facilities. In America, there is an estimated 90,000 low levels of lead exposure, about 5-9 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL), commonly from drinking water sources (CDC, 2014). Lead poisoning is preventable and can be addressed through regular blood testing. There are different mandated federal and state laws to prevent lead exposure and lead poisoning; unfortunately, the progress is slow. One of California's challenges is ensuring children drink lead-free water in schools and childcare facilities and being adequately testing for lead poisoning.
Saleem, Sabeen, "Lead poisoning in California's Children" (2022). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1403.
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