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Oct 2022

Sept 2021

Lead Poisoning in Children and Pregnant Women: An Interactive Continuing Education Module for NYS Providers - now available!
For more information see: Interactive Continuing Education Module - Flyer
Register Today!

May 2022

Check out our Spring Newsletter

March 2022

Dr. Schaffer presented a Finger Lakes Children's Environmental Health Center webinar on "Effects of Lead Toxicity: What We See in the Clinic, the Classroom, and Beyond." View the video and slides.

October 2021

For this Lead Poisoning Prevention Week newsletter we collaborated with the other Upstate Regional Lead Resource Centers. Check it out!

June 2021

The NYS American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 1 Lead Testing Project ECHO Learning/Quality Improvement Collaborative which launched in December 2020 finished in June 2021.  Ten practices participated in this QI project. Documented risk assessment increased from 40% at baseline (November 2020 data) to 81% by the end of the project (May 2021 data). The final evaluations also indicated that participant knowledge increased in the areas of: sources of lead exposure in the US; health consequences of childhood lead exposure; sources that may result in lead poisoning in children; NY State requirements regarding when and how to test children's blood lead levels; CDC, NY State and AAP guidelines around blood lead reference values; NY State requirements regarding case management for children affected by lead poisoning, etc.

April 2021

Check out our newsletter - Lead News for Healthcare Providers - Spring 2021

December 2020

November 2020

July 2020

April 2020

February 2020

  • Dr. Kristin Navarette’s Oct 23, 2019 Pediatric Grand Rounds presentation on "An Update on New York State Lead Initiatives and New Regulatory Requirements" is now available to view for CME credit.  To access it, go to the University of Rochester website: (on the left side, choose the Online Learning tab).  Learning Objectives are to 1) Summarize the changes to New York State public health law and regulatory requirements for health care providers regarding elevated blood lead level definitions, follow up testing, and medical management, and 2) List three resources available to share anticipatory guidance on lead exposure with patients and families.  It is free for U of R and Arnot Health System providers and $15 for all other providers.  

December 2019

October 2019

Jennifer Becker, Dr. Stanley Schaffer, Dusty the Dog, Dr. Kristen Navarette and Linda Freligh

  • On October 22 & 23 Dr. Kristen Navarette, Medical Director of the NYS DOH Center for Environmental Health, and Linda Freligh, NYS DOH Community Health Program Manager, visited the WNY Lead Poisoning Resource Center’s Rochester Office. Dr. Navarette delivered Pediatric Grand Rounds at Rochester General Hospital and at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  The slides are available  and the one hour recorded session can be found on the Department of Pediatrics' Grand Rounds page.

    Dr Navarette and Ms. Freligh also visited the Lead Poisoning Prevention Storyboard with Dusty the Dog.  The educational display was set up outside the Golisano Children's Hospital Pediatric Practice for Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
    (Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Becker, Dr. Stanley Schaffer, Dusty the Dog, Dr. Kristen Navarette, Linda Freligh)
  • Our Fall newsletter is now available! Lead News for Healthcare Providers - Fall 2019
  • As of October 1st, 2019 New York State has a lowered definition of an elevated blood lead level. Follow up is now required on all children with blood lead levels of 5 ug/dL and higher. For more details, see the NYS DOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention website.

March 2019

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November 2017

October 2017

July 2017

May 2017

February 2017

  • Our Rochester Office of the Western NY Lead Poisoning Resource Center provides services to 9 counties, and the Buffalo Office covers 8 counties. The NYS Department of Health renewed our contract along with the other Regional Lead Resources Centers for an additional five years.

December 2016

  • Dr. Schaffer served on the expert panel for the lead poisoning episode of the PBS show Second Opinion

November 2016

October 2016

  • Our second newsletter is here! Lead for Healthcare Providers - Fall 2016
  • A grant from the Wilson Community Foundation allowed the WNY Lead Poisoning Resource Center to offer a blood testing at Rochester Head Start centers for young children attending Head Start and their siblings. The testing events occurred at eight Head Start centers in Rochester from mid-Sept to mid-Nov. UR Medicine Labs sent phlebotomists for the testing events.  Six of the Head Start centers are operated by Action for a Better Community, one by Ibero-American Action League, and one by Volunteers of America.

September 2016

Summer 2016

March 2016

  • Dr. Schaffer appeared on Fox News to discuss lead screening recommendations.
  • TWC news interviewed Dr. Schaffer about lead in Brighton Schools' water.

February 2016

November/December 2015

  • The Lead Storyboard visited all eight Wayne County Head Start locations to help educate families about lead poisoning prevention.

October 2015

  • Lena the Lion gave out coloring books for Lead Poisoning Prevention Week at AC-6 and Golisano Children's Hospital's trick or treat for children in the hospital.

August 2015

  • Lead Storyboard at Baby Cafe Grand Opening on Aug 7th, Doemann Library, Bath NY and Wayne County Fair, Palmyra NY, August 10-15.

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

  • On March 4th, Dr. Schaffer presented at the NYS Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Council meeting in Albany. The Council is mandated by Section 1370-b of the NYS Laws of 1992. Its purpose is to review current childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts on the part of the New York State Department of Health and discuss future strategies to reduce or eliminate the risk of lead hazard exposure. View a video of the meeting
  • At this meeting New York State also released the following statewide data:

November 2014

  • Dan Telvock of Buffalo's Investigative Post interviews Dr. Schaffer in this three-part series on lead paint contamination in Buffalo (see Part 1Part 2, and Part 3)

July 2014

  • Facebook page launched! Like us for updates on lead’s health effects and how to prevent exposure.

June 2014

  • Time Warner Cable News and WXXI radio interviewed Dr. Schaffer about a recently published research article: Blood Lead Concentrations and Children’s Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Cohort Study. Jianghong Liu, PhD et al. JAMA Pediatr.

April 2014

  • Dr. Schaffer, Dr. Byron Kennedy, and Elizabeth McDade speak about 2013 Monroe County Blood Lead Levels
  • WXXI’s Need to Know Rochester features lead poisoning including interviews with Dr. Stanley Schaffer, Director of the WNY Lead Poisoning Resource Center and Deborah Solomon, Assistant Principal at RCSD School #10. (at 0:50-11:10 on the video)

March 2014

2013 and Prior

  • The Pediatric Grand Rounds presentation “Lead Poisoning in 2013 – It Ain’t What It Used to Be” is available for CME credit to doctors and nurses who register.
  • Dr. Schaffer’s presentation at Finger Lakes Coalition to Stop Lead Poisoning Conference, October 2012 “Lead Poisoning: Where are We Now? Where are We Going?”