Online Program

Mislead: America's secret epidemic

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Tamara Rubin, Tamara, Lead Safe America Foundation, Portland, OR
Our film tells the stories of eighteen children in four families across America who have been poisoned by lead in their homes.

In December 2011 the cameras began rolling on the documentary feature film now known as Mislead: America's Secret Epidemic—and a scant 13 months later, with over 200 hours of footage of riveting interviews with experts, advocates, insiders and celebrities; we have captured the amazing stories of four colorful and vastly different families—all filmed in the unique and historic, culturally diverse communities across this rich and beautiful country in which their children were poisoned.

This film is also the story of my personal journey as I drove more than 5,500 miles around our country in my Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon with my four sons (two who have significant impacts from early childhood lead poisoning), in search of answers as to why my kids were poisoned—and why every day in America children continue to be poisoned by lead, even now, in 2013.

In addition to my family (including some poignant interviews with my own children), we follow Laura and her two children in New Orleans, Uconda and her eight children in Rochester, Kim and her three children in a suburb of Boston, and Claudia and her son in Portland, Oregon. Each family has at least one child who was poisoned by lead in their homes, and each has a unique story and different perspective about how this incredibly potent elemental neurotoxin—that lurks in plain sight all around us—has affected their lives.

The film shares these powerful and moving stories, in search of answers.

We now have a rough-cut that is currently 1 hour and 44 minutes long and expect the film will be completed by summer 2013.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Basic medical science applied in public health
Biostatistics, economics
Chronic disease management and prevention
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the demographic of lead poisoning and the economic impact on our society. Inspire audience members to test their own homes, schools & children for lead. Demonstrate to medical professionals the importance of blood lead testing regardless of socio-economic or other demographic factors. Demponstrate the importance of pre-natal and preconception testing of women of childbearing age for lead in their blood. Discuss & List both larger picture (political & government) initiatives and solutions and simple (consumer/ parent/ pediatrician) solutions for lead poisoning prevention.

Keyword(s): Lead, Accountability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of the Lead Safe America Foundation, the winner of the federally awarded National Healthy Homes Hero Award (from CDC, EPA, HUD, USDA & USDoE) & winner of Healthy Child's 2011 Mom On a Mission award. My children were lead-poisoned in 2005.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.