Lead Poisoning Detection is the First Step in Creating Data That Drives Action
So far, I've learned people don't really understand what "lead abatement" actually means, including me.
I guessed the process and chain reaction would be something like a large number of people becoming sick and showing up at health agencies, then doctors help people and recognize patterns and locations to report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or maybe the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and then some lawyers get involved, and ultimately some entity is found responsible, and maybe some day there would be a lead abatement activity that finally cleans the poison. But that it would take forever no matter what the case would be.
That's definitely not what happens.
We've spent hours sitting, discussing, rehashing, and mapping out the way things work today to try to understand how things actually go.
This is not necessarily to figure out why things are the way they are today but to find out exactly which steps and actions are being taken today in a life cycle process to discover if adults, or their children, have been poisoned by lead and if they have, what they can do about it.
We've mapped a lot of scenarios of where lead comes from and how it gets into people and compared that to the steps that are taken to get lead back out of people. The problem is you can't really get it out of people once it's in there.
Ramy provided this diagram for us to start to understand how lead gets into people and it's pretty shocking to see all the ways it migrates to leave the place it comes from and ends up in kids who receive permanent damage from it.