Friday, March 18, 2016

Undergraduate Student Experience at 5th Annual Lead Education Day

Displaying IMG_4483.JPG"This year I joined the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Home’s annual Lead Education Day. This was an amazing opportunity to advocate for the families impacted by lead poisoning and civically engage on an important issue. This was my first time speaking to legislators and I must say that this was an experience to remember. A few weeks prior to the event volunteers participated in an online webinar to prepare them for the big day at the capitol so they felt comfortable speaking to policy makers. I built my knowledge on lead poisoning and policy information as well as learning about the influence that certain legislators have based on what committee they are apart of. People came from diverse fields and geographical regions to volunteer at  this event and as a result I was also able to network with other professionals who are passionate about this public health issue.When Lead Education Day arrived we broke into small groups and met with 4-5 legislators and informed them on what important steps they could take to help the families impacted by lead poisoning. Being an undergraduate student, this is an opportunity that I am very fortunate to have. This was an invaluable experience and I look forward to continuing my work with MIALSH!"

Friday, March 4, 2016

5th Annual MIALSH Lead Education Day Success!

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and joined us for our 5th annual MIALSH Lead Education Day.  It was a smashing success thanks to you!

While it was a very snowy day, advocates to end lead poisoning in Michigan traveled in from Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing, Jackson, Clarkston, South Lyon, Commerce Township and many other parts of the state to talk about lead education.  We visited over 70 legislative offices and had 72 attendees RSVP for the day.

Legislators and staff appreciated our visits and the information we shared about lead poisoning prevention and best practices.  Many were surprised to learn how big of an issue lead is in their districts and how many facets there are to lead poisoning.  Our coalition is full of intelligent, well spoken and passionate messengers and together we do make a difference.

We also had fun! Check out our Facebook page for a photo album from the day.

See you next year!