View our virtual summit

October 28, 2021

Together, we are working to create a lead-safe Allegheny and beyond. For all.
Our 2021 virtual summit featured community leaders, policymakers, advocates, scientists and families from across our region, state and nation to recognize National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the progress and action required in our community.
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Life Without Lead: October 28, 2021


8:30 am – Welcome

8:45 am – Keynote Speaker: LaTricea D. Adams, MAT, EdS, Founder CEO and President, Black Millennials 4 Flint

9:15 am – Panel: Advancing Environmental Justice Through Lead Poisoning Prevention

Moderator: Chavaysha Chaney, Program Associate, UrbanKind Institute


  • Jamil Bey, PhD, CEO and President, UrbanKind Institute
  • NaTisha Washington, Environmental Justice Organizer, One PA
  • LaTricea D. Adams, MAT, EdS, Founder CEO and President, Black Millennials 4 Flint
  • Masoud Sayles, Farm Program Manager, Hilltop Urban Farm

10:15 am – Panel: Lead-Safe Drinking Water

Moderator: Talor Musil, Health Policy Manager, Women for a Healthy Environment


  • Suzanne Novak, Staff Attorney, EarthJustice
  • Will Pickering, CEO, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
  • Yanna Lambrinidou, PhD, Campaign for Lead Free Water
  • Ashley Comans, Former Wilkinsburg School Board Director and Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority ratepayer

11:15 am – Discussion: Where do we go from here? Community Solutions to Lead in Paint, Dust, Soil and Water

Moderator: Oliver Morrison, Health and Environment reporter,


  • Becca Simon, Project Manager: Policy & Land Stewardship, Grounded Strategies
  • Curtis Da’Von Parker, Western PA Organizing Director, Clean Water Action
  • Hanna Beightley, Healthy Homes Program Manager, Women for a Healthy Environment
  • Juanita Brown, MSN, RN, CCM, Lead Community Outreach Nurse, Allegheny County Health Department
  • Anna Coleman, Environmental Justice Coalition Organizer, Pittsburgh United
  • Carol Hardeman, Executive Director, Hill District Consensus Group

12:00 – 12:30 pm – BREAK

12:30 pm – Presentation: Allegheny County Data

Moderator: Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Director, Social Justice, Racial Equity and Faculty Engagement; Member, Black Equity Coalition; Member, Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach


  • LuAnn Brink, Ph.D., Chief Epidemiologist and Deputy Director, Allegheny County Health Department
  • Brian Kelly, Environmental Health Administrator, Housing and Community Environment, Allegheny County Health Department
  • Dan Duffy, P.E., Lead Service Line Replacement Program Manager, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
  • Jennifer Saks, Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program Manager, Allegheny County Economic Development

1:15 pm – Panel: Local Municipal Solutions

Moderator: Ashleigh Deemer, Deputy Director, PennEnvironment


  • Pittsburgh City Councilperson Erika Strassburger, District 8
  • Craig Walt, Bureau Chief for Lancaster Lead Safety and Community Development
  • Colleen McCauley, RN, BSN, MPH, Health Policy Director, Children First
  • George Gould, Counsel Attorney, Community Legal Services
  • Anna Falicov, City of Buffalo Law Department

2:30 pm – Panel: Strategies for Creating Lead-Safe Counties

Moderator: Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, Executive Director, Women for a Healthy Environment


  • Rayid Ghani, Distinguished Career Professor in the Machine Learning Department and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nick Hart, Assistant Director, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
  • Larry Brooks, CCEO, Board Member of the California Association Of Code Enforcement Officers and Director of the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
  • Komal Sheth, MPH, Staff Analyst, City of Houston Health Department Bureau of Community & Children’s Environmental Health
  • Debra Lewis, LMSW, Lead Program Coordinator, Onondaga County Health Department

3:30 pm – Funding Strategies

  • Matt Ammon, Director, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
  • Amanda Reddy, Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing
  • Carin Speidel, State Administrative Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Lead Services Section

4:30 pm – Award Ceremony and Recognition

5:00 pm – BREAK

Evening Sessions – Concurrent

6:00 – Session A
How Physicians and Healthcare Providers Play a Role in Lead Poisoning Prevention

Moderator: Karin Shafer, Clinical Director, Alliance for Infants and Toddlers


  • Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, Pediatrician; Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director and Founder, Salud Para Niños, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FACMT, Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director at The Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Rebecca Vidak, Clinical Quality Management Consultant – EPSDT, Gateway Health

6:00 – Session B
A Renter’s Right to a Lead-Safe Environment

Moderator: Jason Beery, Director of Applied Research, UrbanKind Institute


  • Kevin Quisenberry, Esq., Litigation Director, Community Justice Project
  • Meghan Tighe, Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services
  • Carol Hardeman, Executive Director, Hill District Consensus Group
We invite you to join as many sessions as you like. Speakers and panelists to be updated on this page.

Grateful for generous support from

The Heinz Endowments
Ecology Center