Co-director of the center, chair of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program and associate professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
ABC News 5 Cleveland: Robert L. Fischer, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, discussed efforts to determine if there is a link between lead exposure and juvenile delinquency.
Rolling Stone: Robert Fischer, associate professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, spoke about two studies from Case Western Reserve University that examine the extent of lead poisoning in Cleveland.
Studies: Elevated blood lead level in early childhood associated with increased risk of academic problems in school-aged children
“Substantial numbers of Cleveland’s youngest students have had elevated levels of lead in their blood prior to kindergarten and these children have a higher risk of academic issues, according to two new studies at Case Western Reserve University, led by Robert Fischer, associate professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.”
“Looking at children who attended high quality preschool for at least 18 months (a “high dose”) among more than 35,000 Cleveland and 11 inner-ring suburban kindergartners, the researchers found that children with a history of lead exposure above the threshold of concern set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were half as likely as their peers to score “on track” in language and literacy when they reach kindergarten.”
‘An uphill battle’: Lead poisoning stunts students’ learning while Cleveland leaders fail to tackle lingering problem
The Plain Dealer: A study conducted by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development found that 93.5 percent of Cleveland kindergartners screened had been exposed to lead, said Robert Fischer, co-director of the center, chair of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program and associate professor.
Marilyn (Lynn) Lotas
Associate Professor, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
Comparison and Evaluation of Two Models of Follow-up with the Families of Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels
Pilot project to compare two models of follow-up:
- Telephone follow-up by experienced pediatric nurses
- Follow-up by Navigation teams consisting of one health professional graduate students and at least one established community member) with families of children with confirmed elevated blood lead levels on overall effectiveness of the intervention, time effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
The Partners in Health Lead Screening project will provide lead testing and follow-up services for children in the Pre-K and Kindergarten programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.