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Claudia Fruin, MD

Claudia Fruin, MD

In 2016, looking to improve Utah’s response to childhood lead exposure after the Flint, Michigan water crisis, pediatrician Claudia Fruin, MD formed the Utah Lead Coalition. The Utah Lead Coalition has evolved into a group of more than 20 public and private partners with the common goal of improving lead testing, reporting and education in our state. In just two short years, the coalition has created multiple standardized state lead guidelines, and in August of 2017, it was able to change the definition of elevated blood lead reflecting the CDC’s recommendation of greater than or equal to 5 micrograms per deciliter. The Utah Lead Coalition continues to fight to increase awareness of the still present and harmful effects of lead in Utah.

Utah Lead Coalition Partner Organizations

Salt Lake County Lead Safe Housing Program

Offers free services to qualifying homeowners, renters, and landlords to make homes built before 1978 lead safe for children.

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment

Dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of Utah by promoting science-based health education and interventions that result in progressive, measurable improvements to the environment.

Utah Head Start

Offers education, health, and family services that help disadvantaged children and families achieve their full potential.

Utah WIC

Provides nutrition services to low-income women, infants, and children.

Utah Baby Watch Early Intervention Program

Provides support and services to families with children from birth to age three years who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Enforces rules and regulations on air, water, waste, radiation, and environmental response.

Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Pediatric health care providers working to foster the well-being of all children.

Utah Department of Health Environmental Epidemiology Program

Improves the health of Utah residents through science-based environmental health policy.

Salt Lake County Health Department

Promotes the health of Salt Lake County Residents.

Housing Authority of Salt Lake City

Provides rent subsidies and affordable housing for low-income Salt Lake City residents.

University of Utah Department of Pediatrics

Promotes the well-being of children through clinical service, education, research, program development, and advocacy.

The Road Home

Provides services to help overcome homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front.

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Originally posted: February 12, 2019 at 12:49 pm
Last updated: March 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm