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Dr. Mary Jean Brown: Lead pipes

Dr. Mary Jean Brown, from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, will be available for interviews on Wednesday, April 10, from 1-3 p.m. ET.

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Interview opportunity available:

Wednesday, April 10, from 1-3 p.m. ET

The federal government is taking steps to eradicate lead pipes that can contaminate drinking water, including allocating $15 billion to address the problem, and proposing a rule that would require localities to replace all lead pipes within 10 years.

Available expert:

Dr. Mary Jean Brown is an adjunct assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She can discuss topics including:

  • How lead exposure affects children’s health and development;
  • How lead pipes rank among contributors to lead exposure, including lead paint, jet fuel, residual emissions from leaded automobile gasoline, consumer products, and more;
  • Prevalence of lead pipes in the U.S.;
  • Population-level benefits of replacing lead pipes;
  • Racial and socioeconomic disparities in lead exposure; and
  • What individuals and families can do to mitigate the risk of lead exposure.

Declared interests:

Dr. Brown was previously Chief of the CDC Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch and is currently Adjunct Faculty Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is a member of the EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.  She has provided technical assistance to Meridian Biosciences which manufacturers the blood lead point of care testing device and has provided expert testimony in cases involving lead poisoning/exposure for which she receives compensation.  She also provides expert advice and consultations in paid positions for the World Bank, National Center for Healthy Housing and World Health Organization.

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