Small Center partnered with the Lead Exposure Assessment for Drinking Water Study (LEAD) based at LSU School of Public Health, to create graphics that inform citizens about the impacts and the steps they can take to reduce their lead exposure.
May 2016–August 2016
Like many US cities, much of the old water infrastructure in New Orleans is composed of lead plumbing. The effects of this lead exposure to all residents, particularly children can be dire to their health and development. In addition the poorest citizens are often the most-at-risk for exposure. A team from LSU’s School of Public Health is studying the levels of lead in different parts of the city and educating the public about ways to reduce that exposure.
Small Center Engagement
Over the summer, Small Center worked with the Lead Exposure Assessment for Drinking Water Study (LEAD) based at LSU School of Public Health to develop graphic education and advocacy materials targeted at New Orleans citizens most at risk for health impacts due to lead exposure from drinking water.
Lead is a toxic metal that can be found in old plumbing. It can cause developmental delays, learning disabilities and behavior problems in children. The Lead Exposure Assessment for Drinking Water Project at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) is measuring drinking water lead levels in at-risk neighborhoods, and offers free and easy steps for lowering exposure.
Together, we developed a set of graphics to encourage participation in the drinking water study, and additional graphic documents to inform citizens about the impacts and the steps they can take to reduce their exposure. Engagement activities at local markets and with public health workers sought to clarify the message while raising awareness around the issue.
If you are concerned about your risk, Healthy Babies Bright Futures is currently offering water testing. Please see the details on their webpage.
New Orleans Lead Exposure Assessment for Drinking Water Project at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC)
- Adrienne Katner
- Lizzie Huval
- Joye Pate
- C. Galliano
- J. Galliano
- Maggie Hansen (Design Lead)
- Emilie Taylor Welty (Project Manager)
2016 Summer PID Fellows
- Pavlo Iosipiv
- John Ludlum
- Shoshana Gordon
- Nick Jenisch
- Sue Mobley
- Donn Peabody
- Surdna Foundation