Post By: Molly Esselstrom, Upstream Research™ Marketing Manager
Cuts to the CDC might have more impact than you think.
An article March 9, 2017 via CNN online brought to light an important policy change that will have ripple effects in health care and the environment. According to the article, “the plan to repeal Obamacare will eliminate nearly $1 billion in Centers for Disease Control & Prevention funding” which is used for preventing outbreak of diseases and lead poisoning in children.
The cut and its effects could be devastating, especially for a problem like lead poisoning which has become all too common for children. Upstream Research’s new lead risk map exposes problem areas in the U.S where residents are most at-risk, especially if they are five years and younger. In fact, this map reveals that there are dozens of other communities that have lead in the water as bad as or worse than the case of Flint, MI. Likely in most of these areas, parents are unaware of the water they are exposing their children to whether in their homes or schools.
Foundations like Lead Safe America even offer free lead test kits if you think your child might be at risk. These resources for parents are the first step in finding a solution for an ever-growing problem. As the new administration continues to repeal policies aimed at climate change and reducing our impact (and are simultaneously promoting big industry), there will likely be even more stories of lead poisoning as well as polluted water, soil and air.
Furthermore, a $1 billion budget cut to the CDC could gravely hurt the chances of addressing these problems before they become major issues. Perhaps this is where Upstream Reports steps in, as a community advocate and resource when policy is up in the air. With any address in the U.S, you can pull a Report of the environmental risk for that area. This includes lead risk, disease, overall toxicity, and other socioeconomic data in the area you input. The ability for everyone to have access to five free Reports makes this a true resource for communities that otherwise may not know what’s in their soil, air and water.
To pull a Report, go to www.upstreamreports.com.
To speak to your state official about a problem in your area, search here.
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