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QUESTION: Lead support groups specifically helping young African Americans in San Francisco 10 Nov 2008 California, USA

Hi, I live in San Francisco, Ca in the United States and I am trying to find any source of information for my college research project. Do you know of any lead support groups in America or anything of the sort? I am researching how African American youth react to the struggle of lead in their communities, so any kind of support group would be great, particularly in San Francisco, but I realize that is far fetched. Thank you, please email me with any information you can provide me.

ANSWER: 13 Nov 2008

Hi Shannon,

I don't know of any lead support groups specifically helping young African Americans in San Francisco but the people I know of who should be able to help you are:

  1. Zakia Rafiqa Shabazz - a wonderful African American mother who wrote a book about lead poisoning called "A child is a terrible thing to waste" and brought her kids to the last Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (AECLP) international lead conference wearing T-shirts printed with the book title. Zakia is Founder/Director of the Virginia Chapter of UPAL (United Parents Against Lead) National, Inc. You can contact Zakia or order her book "A Child is a Terrible Thing to Waste" $20.00 $1.00: $5.00. For information on Bulk Orders, Fundraising or Special Editions contact:
    UNITED PARENTS AGAINST LEAD NATIONAL, INC. P.O. BOX 24773 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23224 (OFFICE) 804-308-1518 (FAX) 804-562-5031  Email address
  2. AFHH - Alliance for Healthy Homes formerly AECLP (Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning)is now part of the National Center for Healthy Housing:
    Main Office: Columbia, MD 10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 500 Washington, DC 21044. Phone (410) 992-0712  Email address 
    Satellite Office: Washington, DC. 630, ST NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone (202) 580-7208
  3. Linda Kite Director for the Healthy Homes Collaborative in Los Angeles, CA, 2601 Pasadena Avenue, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90031 P: (323)221-8320 F: (323)221-8327 Email Address
  4. Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles (PSRLA) 617 S. Olive Street, Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90014-1629. Phone (213) 689-9170. Fax (213) 689-9199, Email address,
  5. Center for Environmental Health , California Department of Public Health (CEHCA):
    PO Box 997377, MS 0500, Sacramento, CA 95899-7377, Phone (916) 558-1784, Questions or Comments,
  6. National Center for Healthy Housing, runs the Leadnet listserv and you can join up and ask the 750+ lead poisoning prevention specialists on the listserv any questions you may have. Send an email to to subscribe to the list. 
  7. When I sent your query to Leadnet, I also received the following contact from a policy analyst at California health department:
    Joe Walseth, Lead Program Manager  Phone (415) 252-3956, San Francisco Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, San Francisco City & Co. Health Dept, 1390 Market Street, Suite 230, San Francisco CA 94102, Email address,

I hope this helps.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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