Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council moves forward eradicating lead poisoning in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/08/2005 - 01:24.

On March 31, 2005, the Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council (GCLAC) announced a significant initiative to eradicate lead poisoning in Greater Cleveland by 2010. On April 26th the GCLAC formally launched the initiative with a meeting of the membership held at Burke Lakefront Airport.


Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health Matt Carroll leads the meeting – all attendees introduce themselves and most are from state, county and Cleveland and area city health and development/housing organizations, healthcare, public services, faith organizations and legislature.

Matt points out the new GCLAC initiative for lead eradication by 2010 is the renewal of an initiative launched at Case in 2002 that concluded “we� need to do something about the lead problem in Greater Cleveland – St. Luke’s has provided funding for moving forward.

Many people in room have been involved in lead issues for many years and we are taking this very seriously. We look for children to reach their full potential – this is the opportunity for the attendees to get involved – with your commitment we are able to get great things done… we have the perfect storm of dollars, expertise and commitment. This meeting was for determining the leadership that will move this effort forward and form committees and look for feedback – GCLAC will be well organized and accountable for results.

Terry Allan (Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health) presented a Power-point presentation explaining the structure of the GCLAC.

Framework of council – GCLAC has steering committee with five sub-committees – Infrastructure/sustainability – workforce development – outreach/advocacy - program integration with medical – environmental/property owners…

Membership is of the whole, which will have quarterly/semi-annual meetings. The five subcommittees will drive plan and be accountable to meet objectives. The membership will elect chairs of council and sub-committees will select their chairs. Work is already being done in many of the sub-committee sectors – Environmental Healthwatch, Landlords committee, healthcare and childcare organizations. Elimination plan is found online at

Need steering committee to facilitate details of meeting plan – agendas – it will be comprised of 21 people including committee and sub-committee leaders and many state, county and legislative representatives and someone from the Case Medical School – tie in the range of folks in the community with interests in lead eradication

Objectives for today - need discussion to elect chair, co-chair and secretary, adopt by-laws, identify steering committee representatives, and sign up members for sub-committees and set schedules for committee meetings.

Greater Cleveland Lead Advisory Council Summary (4/26/05)

Terry Allan (Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of
Health) presented a Power-point presentation explaining the structure of the


All in attendance consented that Matt Carroll (Director of
the Cleveland Department of Public Health) will be the chair of the GCLAC, Terry
will be the vice-chair and Lara Nochomovitz (Advocacy Associate, Lutheran
Metropolitan Ministry) will be the secretary.


in attendance received a copy of the by-laws. The only concern was in reference
to the section about Membership. It was noted that the language would prevent
individuals from other areas of the state (i.e. Mahoning, Lorain, Franklin
Counties, etc.) from participating in the group. It was noted that this was not
the intention and that the language would be changed appropriately.


Following the powerpoint description of GCLAC, the
nominations of Matt, Terry and Lara, and the discussion of the by-laws, all
participants broke into sub-groups. The sub-groups included: Outreach/Advocacy,
Medical, Integration, Environment/Property Owners, and Workforce.  Each sub-committee began discussing the
elimination plan and deliberating over its role in achieving those goals, and
set future meeting dates. Both the Outreach/Advocacy sub-committee and the
Medical sub-committee elected co-chairs. 
The co-chairs of the Outreach/Advocacy group will be Gail Long (Merrick
House) and William Riley (United Pastors in Mission). The co-chairs of the
Medical sub-committee will be Romona Redding (Cuyahoga County Board of Health)
and Bobbi Anderson (MetroHealth). For minutes from any one of the
sub-committees, please contact Lara Nochomovitz (lnochomovitz [at] lutheranmetro [dot] org).



Apart from the chair, vice-chair and elected co-chairs,
other steering committee members have not yet been identified.


Future Meeting Dates:

Steering Committee:
June 27th, 2 PM


Medical: June 28th,

Outreach/Advocacy: May
20th, 11 AM, Merrick House

Owners: May 24th, 2 PM, CTO

Infrastructure: May
23rd, 2 PM, CDPH


threat of lead poisons finally makes it to the PeeDee


St. Luke's wants help in fight to rid homes of lead poisoning

Saturday, February 03, 2007
Barb Galbincea

Plain Dealer Reporter

The St. Luke's Foundation is urging other grantmakers and area businesses to join it in combating lead poisoning among children.

Although the confirmed number of Cleveland children with excessive levels of lead in their bodies has dropped dramatically from 40 percent in 1996 to a 2006 rate of 11 percent, Cleveland still ranks among the top five cities nationally, according to experts. The national average is 2 percent.

"In the case of lead poisoning, what you don't know can kill you," Denise San Antonio Zeman, president of the foundation, said during a pitch to potential funding partners this week.

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Also in today's PeeDee:

Sherwin-Williams CEO to sell stock

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Chris Connor, chief executive of Sherwin-Williams Co., plans to exercise 200,000 of his stock options in the Cleveland paint company beginning in March and continuing through 2007, and to sell some of the shares. Securities law allows executives to use such plans to set up a schedule of transactions, so their deals aren't held up by rules that prevent them from trading on company information they know and the public doesn't.

Now what does he know that we don't???