Special Issue "Preventing Lead Exposure and Its Consequences in Vulnerable Populations: The Unfinished Agenda"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Prof. Katarzyna Kordas
Dr. Julia Ravenscroft
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
Interests: lead exposure; child growth and development; endocrine disruption
Lead exposure among vulnerable population groups, including women of reproductive age and young children, is an important public health problem globally. In the U.S., this problem has been well described, but has gained renewed notoriety in recent years. In other parts of the world, particularly Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), the extent of lead exposure is only now gaining recognition and is of emerging concern. This is because exposure often coincides with other conditions harmful to human health, growth, and development, such as micronutrient deficiencies or lack of access to quality health care. Although significant progress has been made in the reduction of blood lead levels in some nations through the removal of lead from gasoline and paint, unfortunately, the lead ‘problem’ has not been solved. In fact, lead exemplifies the disparities in environmental exposures that occur along socioeconomic or racial/ethnic lines. The consequences of early life lead exposure (starting in utero, through the school years) are wide-ranging and long-term, with no lower boundaries for the occurrence of harm. Despite many decades of research into the predictors and health impacts of lead exposure, this problem remains unresolved, with many communities just beginning to recognize its harmful effects while others struggle to design efficient and effective prevention efforts. In that sense, lead is a legacy public health issue, and the work of mitigating lead exposure and its effects, an unfinished global public health agenda.
The goal of this Special Issue is to create a forum to highlight research-to-policy linkages and provide an opportunity for the research and public health program communities to come together to consider why lead remains an unfinished public health agenda, what outstanding issues should receive attention from these communities, and how to best address and scale up prevention and mitigation efforts for the benefit of vulnerable individuals and groups. These broad issues can be explored with publications of original research findings, reviews or commentaries across several key themes:
Lead as a legacy vs. emerging public health issue:
- Characterizing the extent of lead exposure as either a legacy or an emerging concern, particularly in LMICs.
- Understanding lead-related disparities in exposure and health globally, with a particular focus on LMICs.
- Exploration of newer, emerging health outcomes related to lead exposure.
- Understanding of the evolving role of lead in drinking water as an exposure source in light of progress made globally in removing lead from paint and gasoline.
- Understanding the interplay of migration and urbanization phenomena and processes as contributor to lead exposure among urban populations.
Solutions, needs, and lessons learned:
In addition, contributors are invited to address the above issues with exemplars of successful approaches and/or lessons learned that inform public health prevention or policy efforts. We welcome commentary from intergovernmental bodies and agencies regarding what position lead exposure prevention efforts occupy within their larger agenda, what is needed from the research community to facilitate their policy work, and what type of guidance and support governments and governmental agencies need to further local prevention efforts.
Prof. Katarzyna Kordas
Dr. Julia Ravenscroft
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- Lead exposure
- Global health
- Urban development and lead
- Disparities in exposure
- Environmental justice
- Policy and prevention