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Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Justice

Lead poisoning affects millions of people each year, but does not affect children and their families equally. Children who come from low-income families or children who are Black and brown are affected disproportionately more than other racial groups. 

Join us to learn more on Lead as an Environmental Justice Issue on November 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 Central/4:00 Pacific for our Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Justice Webinar. It’s FREE. Register for this Webinar.

In this webinar, you will learn about how lead poisoning directly impacts our children and hear first hand from two parents of lead poisoned children who are leading the fight in their communities to protect kids from lead: Robin Brown and Oceanna Fair. Ms. Brown is the CEO of Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead (CCOAL) in Cleveland, OH and Ms. Fair is the South Branch Leader of Families for Lead Freedom now in Syracuse, NY. 

We’ll also talk about the scientific studies that have demonstrated that lead poisoning continues to be an issue in our most vulnerable communities across the country.

Register for this webinar today.

Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead

Robin Brown is the Founder and CEO of CCOAL (Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead) and Parent Advocate of Healthy Homes  

Ms. Brown is the parent of two children. Her youngest was severely lead poisoned in 1999. Ms. Brown serves as the President/Executive Director and board member of CCOAL. She helps organizations and agencies with developing programs to meet the community needs for lead poison intervention. She has successfully developed collaborative partnerships and relationships with various stakeholders throughout Cleveland and Nationally. Ms. Brown is also a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Kingdom Leadership Alliance a Urban Community Development Training a nine month program, Racial Equity Institute, Organizing Community, Lead Contractor Certification, and Lead Risk Assessor Certification, and Environmental Protection Agency Renovate, Repair, and Paint (EPA).

Oceanna Fair, Families for Lead Freedom Now

Ms. Fair is a mother, grandmother, and a person whose family has been directly affected by lead. Ms. Fair is also a retired nurse. She lives on the southside of New York. She is also the Southside Branch leader of Families for Lead Freedom Now. As a civic leader, she seeks to be a fierce advocate in the fight to end childhood lead poisoning. Recently, she provided testimony about her perspective to lawmakers in Albany during a New York State Senate Public Hearing on Childhood Lead Poisoning (November 30, 2021), the first of its kind since 1994.

Rebecca Meuninck, Ph.D., Ecology Center and Great Lakes Lead Elimination Network

Dr. Meuninck coordinates environmental health policy, education, and outreach campaigns for the Ecology Center. She was appointed to Michigan’s Childhood Lead Elimination Commission in 2017 and founded the Great Lakes Lead Elimination Network in 2018. She works with lead-impacted families across Michigan to empower them to share their stories about lead’s impacts on their lives and works with health professionals to engage them in lead poisoning prevention. Dr. Meuninck leads the Filter First campaign in Michigan to ensure that school and child care drinking water is free of lead by using filtered drinking water stations and is a leader in the state-wide network the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes which aims to reduce children’s exposure to lead in paint, soil, and water across the state. 


Tracy Gregoire is the Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Healthy Children Project which advocates for safer products and healthier food, water and air that are free of chemicals that harm children’s brain health. She is the parent of a child with autism and ADHD and has over 15 years of experience in environmental health policy and education.

Co-presented by: Clean and Healthy, Clean Water Action Minnesota, Coalition on Lead Emergency, Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead, Detroit Lead Parents Advocacy Group and the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, Ecology Center, Great Lakes Lead Elimination Network, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Lead Free Kids New York, Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Healthy Children Project, Ohio Lead Free Kids Coalition, Sierra Club IL Chapter, Women for a Healthy Environment

Register now for Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Justice Webinar.