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Lead in the 21st Century

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This is a recorded presentation on the impact of lead in the United States. The presentation discusses why lead exposure remains a concern even in the 21st century and provides information for healthcare professionals on lead exposure and prevention.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify why lead poisoning is still a problem
  • Summarize the trends of lead poisoning in the United States
  • Identify the current blood lead reference level
  • Recognize the populations that are disproportionality affected by lead poisoning
  • Apply primary prevention practices
  • Utilize Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units as a clinical and educational aid

Developed By

Jerome Paulson, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Program
Alexandria, VA

Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP is the medical director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit-East Program for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW. 

He served for over a decade of as the director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Environmental Health, the PEHSU that serves Federal Region 3 – DC, VA, WV, MD, DE and PA. Currently, he is the pediatric consultant to MACCHE.  


This material was developed by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment and funded under the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000118-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports the PEHSU by providing funds to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-0. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Training Material

  • Presentation
  • Evaluation