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OBJECTIVE We analyzed the relationship between health status and housing quality over time. METHODS We combined data from two nationally representative longitudinal surveys of the U.S. population and its housing, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the American Housing Survey, respectively. We identified housing and health trends from(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed the prevalence of elevated blood lead levels (> or = 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood), risk factors, and previous blood lead testing among children in 2 high-risk Chicago, Ill, communities. METHODS Through high-intensity targeted screening, blood lead levels were tested and risks were assessed among a representative(More)
BACKGROUND Environmental lead exposure detrimentally affects children's educational performance, even at very low blood lead levels (BLLs). Among children in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the severity of the effects of BLL on reading and math vary by racial subgroup (White vs. Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic Black). We investigated the impact of BLL on(More)
BACKGROUND Green building systems have proliferated but health outcomes and associated costs and benefits remain poorly understood. OBJECTIVE To compare health before and after families moved into new green healthy housing with a control group in traditionally repaired housing. DESIGN AND SETTING Mixed methods study in 3 Chicago housing developments. (More)
The purpose of our study was to develop a method to identify and prioritize "high-risk" buildings in Chicago that could be targeted for childhood lead poisoning prevention activities. We defined "high-risk" buildings as those where multiple children younger than 6 years with elevated blood lead levels (BLLs) had lived and where lead hazards were previously(More)
Day laborers in Chicago are often hired for hazardous jobs and have little access to basic health care. In this study, the researchers offered tetanus vaccinations and blood lead tests to workers waiting on street corners, who then completed a survey on hazardous job tasks (N = 92). All participants were male, 97% were foreign-born, and 93% had performed(More)
BACKGROUND Over 3000 older homes containing lead-based paint are demolished in Chicago each year. While previous studies investigating large multifamily housing demolitions have shown high levels of lead in dustfall, dispersed single-family housing demolition have yet to be assessed. Presently, no standards exist to regulate the extent of lead dustfall from(More)
OBJECTIVE We measured lead and other heavy metals in dust during older housing demolition and effectiveness of dust suppression. METHODS We used American Public Housing Association Method 502 and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Methods SW3050B and SW6020 at 97 single-family housing demolition events with intermittent (or no) use of water to suppress(More)