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Get the lead out, Toledo, for kids' sake

The following was written by Blade Editor David Kushma and appeared in the Sunday, August 3, 2014 edition of The Toledo Blade. Read below, or view on The Blade's website.

We're poisoning our children. Think it's time we stopped?

There ought to be a law — and finally there can be one, if Toledo's elected officials have the wisdom and courage to enact it.

Toledo has a big problem with lead poisoning. In much of the city, especially in its poorest neighborhoods where large numbers of African-American families live, lead is in the paint of older homes. It's in contaminated soil — a persistent remnant of air pollution caused by the once-prevalent use of leaded gasoline in cars and trucks.Lead poisoning is nasty business. Among adults, exposure to toxic levels of lead can cause anemia, high blood pressure, and male infertility. It can shorten life spans.


Senator Gardner visits with some of his bosses in Wauseon

Senator Randy Gardner met with the Resident Council of Heartland of Wauseon to answer questions and to hear how residents feel about the amount individuals receive as a personal needs allowance under Medicaid. Senator Gardner was invited to discuss these and other issues by an ombudsman with ABLE's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.


2014 Race4Justice

Congratulations and thank you to all of the participants of the third annual Race4Justice, held Saturday, June 21, 2014 in downtown Toledo.


When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

The following article, written by Tina Rosenberg, discussing the growth of medical-legal partnerships, appeared July 17, 2014 in The New York Times. Read below, or view the contents on The Times website.

ABLE and LAWO have established a Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in both Toledo and Dayton. Since its inception in 2007, the Toledo MLPC has received close to 1500 referrals, opened 600 cases, and helped close to 1,400 family members. The Dayton MLPC began providing services in 2012. Since that time, it has received 102 referrals, opened 86 cases, and helped more than 300 family members.

When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

By early summer 2010, the temperature had already reached 100 degrees in Cincinnati. At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, doctors were urging the families of children with asthma to use air-conditioning. One mother handed a piece of paper to her doctor: The child's room did have a window unit, and she was using it. But then the landlord responded — he apparently didn't want to pay the electric bills. Use that air-conditioner, the letter said, and you will be evicted.

A concerned doctor might have tried to call the landlord to fight the notice. Or, she might have handed the letter over to a social worker. But Cincinnati Children's had something better — it had lawyers. In 2008, the hospital and the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati set up a medical-legal partnership, the Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership or Child HeLP.


Toledo Department of Neighborhoods Survey

The City of Toledo's Department of Neighborhoods is conducting a survey to identify community needs for the next five years. Information from the survey will be used to develop a planning document for the use of federal grant funds. Through the survey, the community has an opportunity to provide input into the use of federal resources available through the Department of Neighborhoods. Citizen input gathered from the survey will be analyzed to determine how to better allocate these federal resources to address community needs.