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Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing holds May 7 Legislative Education Day

Apr 25, 2014
The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition—made up of health departments, lead contractors, small business owners, homeowners, landlords, and other service providers—will bring people to the Capitol on May 7 for a day of outreach to state policymakers on the impacts of lead poisoning and the need for consistent funding for prevention and abatement.

MIALSH is a statewide lead advocacy group formed to secure adequate and sustainable funding for lead poisoning prevention activities in Michigan. MIALSH has a diverse membership that includes public health agencies, lead service providers, lead affected families, lead contractors and inspectors, DCH, environmental health organizations, and the landlord community among others.

MIALSH advocates for renewed state funding to make homes lead safe for children. MEC Health Policy Director Tina Reynolds serves as the lead coordinator. Its core leadership team includes representatives from the Detroit Lead Partnership, including CLEARCorps/Detroit, as well as the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health, the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH), Lyke Thompson of Wayne State University, and the Ecology Center.

MEC and MIALSH partners have started to gain important traction in efforts to educate state leaders about the continued high incidence of lead poisoning in our state; the nearly foolproof effectiveness of programs to test high-risk children and abate homes; and the dramatic cuts to previous funding for programs that work.

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