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This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities : HSCL Library Events

This National Library of Medicine exhibit explores how citizens have confronted lead industries, housing authorities, and elected officials to protect their health against the dangers of lead poisoning.

Expert Speaker Panel & Crowd the Tap Demo

Join us January 17th from 12:15-1:15pm for an expert panel of speakers discussing the different facets of lead poisoning in the environment and the health impacts of lead water pipes in our community, featuring speakers from local government and researchers at the University of Florida.

This Lead is Killing Us at UF

Yellow background with the large navy blue text The Lead is Killing Us with a red banner superimposed with small text saying A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities

The UF Health Science Center Library is pleased to host this National Library of Medicine travelling exhibit from August 28th- October 5th, 2023.

When people ingest lead—by breathing contaminated air, drinking contaminated water, or accidentally eating lead paint chips—they can become very sick. Lead poisoning causes neurological problems and sometimes even death. Today, researchers believe that no amount of exposure to lead is safe for children. This exhibit explores over a century of citizens confronting lead industries, housing authorities, and elected officials to protect their health against the dangers of lead poisoning.

National Library of Medicine Exhibit website 

To complement NLM’s exhibit, the Health Science Center Library is hosting a series of events and a virtual reading group and discussion club.  We hope that you will join us at one of these programs to explore research on industrial lead exposure, childhood lead poisoning, and the health impacts of lead water pipes, as well as related public health guidance. 

HSCL Exhibit

Poisoned Water Screening & Crowd the Tap Demo

Wednesday, September 13, 12-1:30pm, Communicore Building Room C1-4 (Communicore 1st Floor)

Join us for a screening of Nova’s Poisoned Water, this documentary explores what exactly went wrong in Flint—and what does it mean for the rest of the country? The screening will be followed by a quick citizen science demonstration of Crowd the Tap.

Crowd the Tap is a public science project focused on identifying and addressing lead contamination in household drinking water. Using information about the age of your home and the pipes in your home, to determine your household risk of lead contamination.

Learn about a simple at-home test to for type of pipes in your home. Register your home water pipe data in a new national inventory.

Reading & Discussion Group

To enhance community awareness, expand knowledge about the health impacts of lead toxicity, and promote awareness of reliable health information from the National Library of Medicine the Health Science Center Libraries is hosting an online reading and discussion group for the book What the Eyes Don't See.

The first 15 registrants will receive a FREE copy of the book!

Cover of the book What The Eyes Don't See

What the Eyes Don't See is a first-hand account by the crusading pediatrician, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who brought the fight for justice in Flint to the national spotlight.

Discussion Sessions will be held online Tuesdays at 12-1pm starting in October (recordings will be available, for registrants unable to attend online). The first 15 Registrants will receive a free copy of the book. To register, email: What the Eyes Don't See Book Club Registration.

This Lead is Killing Us event series is sponsored by a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Innovation grant award. Free NLM health resources will be provided at all events.

About This Guide & Funding Sources

This Lead is Killing Us event series is sponsored by a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Innovation grant award. Free NLM health resources will be provided at all events. This guide complements a National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit  This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities.  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/thisleadiskillingus/index.html which explores how citizens have confronted lead industries, housing authorities, and elected officials to protect their health against the dangers of lead poisoning. The guide also details associated activities which are made available by a  NLM grant award and  will be held on campus and in partnership with the local  Alachua public libraries. This guide and community-related events seek to enhance local awareness about health impacts of lead exposure, promote access to NLM health information resources, and empower community members’ confidence to make informed decisions regarding their health. 

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