Lead crises in Flint, Michigan and across the country remind us that lead poisoning remains a national health concern. Hundreds of thousands of children aged one to five years old in the U.S. have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms
per deciliter, which can have significant long term consequences on development. At the same time, government efforts to prevent lead poisoning and promote healthy housing have been consistently underfunded for the last several years. For
instance, there is no national surveillance system for lead poisoning.