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MOSES Member Linda Dube Plays Important Role in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Making homes safe for children means finding and eliminating the lead hazards.  Linda Dube, an environmental health inspector with the Mass Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) explains, “Even though the incidence of the illness has been significantly reduced, many young children are poisoned by lead paint in Massachusetts each year.”

Most of the childhood  lead poisoning comes from lead paint dust in older homes. When old paint peels and cracks or older windows are opened and closed, it creates lead paint chips and lead dust. Lead gets into children’s bodies when they put their hands and toys into their mouths. Children can also breathe in lead dust as a result of home renovations.

Lead poisoning, even at low levels, can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to a child's brain, kidneys and nervous system. It can also result in serious learning and behavior problems. 

In 2012, more than 214,000 children under the age of 65 had their blood tested for lead content. Of those, 907 were considered lead poisoned according to the Centers for Disease Control. Ms. Dube shares, “This means their blood levels were elevated and they had a significant chance of serious behavioral, cognitive and health ramifications.”

The Massachusetts Lead Law requires the removal or covering of lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978 (Lead was banned from paint for residential use in 1971) where a child under the age of six lives, be it single-family homes, condominiums or rental properties.

The first step in the deleading process is having the home inspected. Only people who are trained and authorized can do deleading work. Deleading includes things like replacing windows and woodwork, scraping or cover old paint and encapsulation. Ms. Dube notes, “There are many methods of deleading. We work with property owners to educate them about their deleading options, who can do what work and resources available to help pay for the deleading.”

Linda and her fellow CLPPP inspectors Wayne Bowen, Errol Campbell, Andrea Demuth and Warren Laskey are all MOSES members who inspect, issue orders and work to get homes deleaded for lead poisoned children. Linda also conducts two-day classroom training and coordinates the field training for the CLPPP Code Enforcement Lead Determination Inspector program. Once trained and licensed, the local health agents test paint and get houses deleaded before children get poisoned.  Linda adds, “The lead determination program is true primary prevention and an excellent example of a collaborative effort between local and state public health agents.”  

Lorraine Simbliaris, director of field operations for DPH/CLPPP, observes, “Linda and her team are some of our behind-the-scene scientists diligently working to eliminate lead poisoning for the children living in the Commonwealth.”

STOP H59! Lobby Day

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Stand with your fellow members Thursday, Oct. 31
Stand with your fellow members Thursday, Oct. 31

Lobby Day: Thursday, Oct. 31

We Need You! Your Story! Your Presence!

You may lose your health insurance in retirement unless you act now.

House Bill 59 will dramatically change current state employee retiree health care benefits.  Make no mistake, it is a broken promise to all state employees and it will affect you. The public hearing to fight this potentially devastating legislation is set for:

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gardner Auditorium, State House, Boston, and we will need your help.

To protect retirement health benefits, we need you to prepare now. Consider serving on our panel or being in the auditorium to say you oppose H59, An Act Providing Retiree Healthcare Benefits Reform. Click here for fact sheet.

Then meet with your legislator and ask him or her not to balance the budget...on your back...again. 

Do not miss this important hearing. The more members present, the bigger impression we can make. Please consider taking time off to show your support by standing with your brothers and sisters in MOSES. 

To be a part of this important hearing or for information, please email Mike Galvin (mikmoses@msn.com) and Chris Bresnahan (cbres01@comcast.net) or call Bridget Quinn, legislative agent, at 617.909.2099. You may also call the MOSES office at 617.367.2727.

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Check out the 2011 scholarship winners.

Each year, the Goodwill Committee allocates & distributes more than $12,500 in scholarships.

Staying Safe Against EEE Threat

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MOSES member, Dr. Catherine Brown -- recently honored at the State House with a 2013 Performance Recognition Award -- is well on her way to a 2014 accolade. A veterinarian with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MassDPH), she is a trusted source for information and guidance as it relates to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and is quoted in the media with regards to the recent passing of a Norfolk County woman from the disease.

MOSES scientists in the lab providing important testing information and results include: Erika Buzby, Karen Chen, Yvonne Gonzalez, Frederic Halpern-Smith, Scott Hennigan, Raimond Konomi, Joseph Mombeleur, Hieu Nguyen, Pinal Patel, Jennifer Quinn, Ambryice Riggs, Brandon Sabina, Cynthia Stinson and Khoa Tran.

As of August 23, Belchertown is still on "critical" alert and the towns of Amherst, Hanover, Hanson, Rockland, Weymouth and Whitman have been cited as a "high" risk threat, according to MassDPH officials. For more information on how to keep your family safe from EEE, please visit MassDPH's FAQ About Mosquitoes in Massachusetts. Or tune into NECN for the latest updates. 

--Joe

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/arbovirus/faq-mosquitoes-ma.pdf

http://www.necn.com/08/20/13/Mass-health-officials-announce-1st-human/la...

More Members Honored at State House

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DCR’s David Goodwin Earns Prestigious Carballo Award

The Carballo Award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for state employees, named after the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Manuel Carballo, who is remembered for his dedication and commitment to the physically and mentally challenged, elders and children, families in crisis, and citizens in need. The award is given annually to ten employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of excellence in public service.

David Goodwin is credited for having the vision, knowledge, skill and patience to create one of the most fascinating, accurate and useful mapping projects ever completed for the Massachusetts State Parks system.  David spent countless hours using a GPS digital tracking device and walked over 4,000 miles through the 300,000 acres of state parks to accomplish this project.  David’s command of the subject and patient teaching style when training other park leaders has resulted in a very powerful and successful program. 

Mass. Workforce Mentoring Award goes to DPH’s Catherine Brown

Dr. Catherine Brown, DVM, MSc, MPH, is a Veterinarian in the Epidemiology Program at the Department of Public Health.  She is a well-respected leader in the public health community and her advice and expertise is regularly sought and relied upon.  Although constantly busy and dedicated to the day-to-day responsibilities of her job, she always makes time to teach others, whether it be the veterinary students, public health interns and epidemiologists within her own program, as well as those to whom she reports.  Dr. Brown is very supportive of those who report to her, guiding them in their careers and even arranging a shadowing opportunity with the veterinarians at the Franklin Park Zoo for one of the epidemiologists who expressed an interest in attending veterinary school.  She made such a significant impact on one of her employees that the young woman went on to become a volunteer with the DIGITS program (a sixth grade classroom program aimed at increasing students’ interest in math and science, a program in which many members of MOSES participate) in hopes that she, too, could be as much of an inspiration to the students as Dr. Brown has been to her.

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