August 7, 2018

Community members and advocates are uniting to help catalyze healthy living across the Navajo Nation, including passing healthy food and beverage policies, promoting healthy beverages with “water champions” and increasing water options at small grocery stores. All of the projects are part of the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) organization’s drive to increase access to and consumption of safe drinking water among Navajo children. Working with families, Head Start Program staff, community health representatives, Navajo Chapter House leaders and tribal leaders, COPE hopes to empower Navajo families and their children to shift toward healthier, available choices.

Healthy Food & Beverage Policies:

With the successful passage of a healthy food and beverage policy resolution by five tribal councils, COPE is piloting the policies at three early childhood programs, including Red Mesa Head Start, Teec Nos Pos FACE, and Beclabito FACE. Based on the results of the pilots,...

December 18, 2017

The lead contamination crises in Flint, Michigan, and East Chicago, Indiana, as well as the surge of news reports about lead risks in communities across the country have shone a national spotlight on the problem of childhood lead exposure. Lead poisoning is completely preventable, yet lead persists in communities throughout the U.S.

This a critical moment for action to protect the nation’s children, enhance their opportunities to succeed, and reduce costs to taxpayers. A recent report from the Health Impact Project, 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, assesses the lead risks communities face and key federal, state, and local solutions.

The report identifies two targets for reducing lead exposure in drinking water:

  • Reducing lead in drinking water in homes built before 1986 and in other places children frequent. Recommendations include stronger EPA requirements to reduce the corrosivity of drinking water, improve water sampling protocols, and create a...

May 30, 2017

Where is tap water putting children at risk and how are state leaders responding?

University of California Nutrition Policy Institute and the National Drinking Water Alliance just released an interactive map identifying places across the country where drinking water has been rendered unsafe to drink by lead or other contaminants. The map was created to fill a gap:  there is little readily accessible information on the extent of tap water contamination across the U.S. 

Each pin tells a story: you can link to news articles about drinking water contamination around the U.S. You’ll see the states that have adopted policies or programs to test for lead in schools and childcare, and the states considering such action. You can sort each incident by Congressional district. The tool bar on the upper left side provides a legend feature and a layers feature to access the different types of information.

How does tap water get contaminated?  Source water can be contaminated by heavy...

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