Event Details

Lead exposure contributes to cognitive impairments, behavioral problems and lowered IQ. While there is no safe level of lead exposure, lead can be found in dust in our homes, air, soil, and drinking water. Lead service lines are the largest source of lead in drinking water - with an estimated 6-10 million lead service lines bringing water to taps across the U.S. Following the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, a diverse group of 25 national organization formed the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, organized around the goal of accelerating full lead service line replacement in communities across the nation.

We'll be kicking off the New Year with a discussion focusing on lead service line replacement within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead. This event will address the health risk of lead service lines, the role of public health professionals in the replacement process, and the importance of effective partnerships between public health agencies and water utilities to develop and implement creative solutions. We will provide public health professionals with practical tools to tackle the problem in their own community.

Speakers include:

  • Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MS, MPH, Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health; Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Cathy Bailey, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  • Cynthia McCarthy, HUD Program Manager, Cincinnati Health Department
  • Jean Shultz, Environmental & Disease Control Specialist at the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Health
  • and Yaquelin Vargas from Flint, Michigan will be joining us to tell her story

The event will be moderated by Amanda Reddy, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing.



This event is organized and sponsored by the American Public Health Association, [email protected], Children’s Environmental Health Network, Environmental Defense Fund, and National Center for Healthy Housing.

Join us in person or via live stream! Please use this link to join us remotely at the time of the event: bit.ly/waterandleadservice. For remote attendees, you will be able to ask questions to the panelists during the event by tweeting to @GWSPHonline using the hashtag #SafeWater

If you are unable to join us, we will be posting a recording within a few days after the event. Check out [email protected]'s blog for a written recap of the event, as well as a recording: https://publichealthonline.gwu.edu/blog/