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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

URI Family Resource Partnership Spring Speaker Seminar
focuses on children and lead poisoning

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 13, 2001 -- Peter Simon, M.D., of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Division of Family Health, will speak on "Rhode Island Children: Lead Poisoning and Community Intervention" Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Galanti Lounge, on the third floor of the University of Rhode Island Library.

The lecture, the second of the Families and Change Spring Lecture Series, starts at 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the URI Family Resource Partnership.

Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common pediatric health problems in the United States and is entirely preventable. Higher levels of lead exposure can result in serious health problems and can lead to coma, convulsions, and death. A strong link has been established between lead level exposure in early childhood and decreased academic performance.

Children with lead exposure are more likely to require special education services. Low-income and minority children are particularly likely to be affected as a result of living in older dwellings with deteriorating lead paint, placing these children at risk for lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning is a multi-dimensional problem that can be prevented through public-private partnerships. Simon will discuss what Rhode Island is doing, and doing well to help families and communities identify and decrease the concentrations of lead contaminants in the lives of Rhode Island families.

The Family Resource Partnership is committed to strengthening children, families and communities by bringing research-based support to organizations providing services to families. The Partnership was formed to coordinate faculty scholarship, apply research-based practices to current community issues, increase student learning opportunities, increase community outreach efforts and the university’s commitment to strengthening children, families and communities by providing technical assistance, evaluation, training and grant-writing services to these organizations.

Please call 277-5244 for additional information or visit our web site at

For Information: Beverly O’Keefe 401-277-5244, Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

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