NEW JERSEY. November 12, 2023 (Biz Republic) — Marco Whittaker, as the Director of Business Relations at Garden State Inspections, has become an advocate for the health of New Jersey’s youth, bringing to light the alarming disparities in lead paint inspections within marginalized communities. He points out that lead, a potent neurotoxin, continues to rob children of their potential, with many cases of poisoning likely unreported due to dwindling testing—paint being the predominant source of this exposure.
The data reveals that children in predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods are at a higher risk, often due to the prevalence of older homes with lead-based paint and plumbing lacking proper upkeep. Echoing this concern, Brian Weaver, Lead Policy Advisor at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, highlights the particular risk to children in substandard rental properties and calls for immediate action to prevent such avoidable hazards.
The American Academy of Pediatrics champions prevention, emphasizing the substantial benefits of reducing lead hazards—not just in health terms but also financially. The cost of lead poisoning to the U.S. economy underscores the need for investment in housing safety improvements.
Reverend Flores of the New Jersey Latino Pastors and Ministers Association adds a powerful voice to this issue, stressing the importance of awareness and action. He acknowledges the significant role Garden State Inspections plays in advocating for this cause, commending their efforts to initiate critical conversations and effect change.