Hear from national experts, residents and peer cities about how we can build a path to a lead-safe Cleveland.

Breakout Session Documents
Early Childhood Exposure Data Resources
Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. In 2014, a change in the city’s water source resulted in astronomical amounts of lead leaching into the drinking water, causing irreversible damage to Flint’s residents. As a local pediatrician, the poisonous levels of lead in the water terrified Dr. Hanna-Attisha, and she was shocked that the government ignored complaints, protests, and reports from citizens, journalists, and experts. She knew that the only way to stop the lead poisoning would be to present undeniable proof on a national platform.

Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP is Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. She is also Rainbow’s Medical Director of Community Integration, in which capacity she leads efforts to build close partnerships with community organizations and stakeholders to enhance the well-being of patients and families at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s Hospitals and supports innovation in women’s and pediatric primary care delivery.  She is particularly interested in the intersection between environmental sustainability and pediatric public health. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, and the boards of Healthcare Without Harm and the Ohio Environmental Council.

Elizabeth McDade is the Program Manager for the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning and the Program Coordinator for the Rochester Safe and Efficient Homes Initiative, a program of Rochester Area Community Foundation Initiatives, Inc. Elizabeth has over 20 years of non-profit managerial experience in advocacy and education, community engagement and social justice, and has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY Brockport. After joining the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning in 2007 she became certified in EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting, Healthy Homes Assessment: Principles and Practice, and HUD’s Healthy Homes Rating System. Elizabeth holds a BFA from SUNY New Paltz and a MFA from Visual Studies Workshop. She speaks Italian fluently and is currently learning to play the bagpipes.

Jo Byrne, from See Your Words, is a graphic recorder. She draws large scale, real-time, visual notes during meetings, keynotes and presentations. These visual maps help people process information, generate new ideas and remember content. Jo has recorded for many companies and organizations including NASA, Nestle, and the Cleveland Clinic.  You can learn more about her at SeeYourWords.com

Tom Muscarella is a Senior Public Health Sanitarian for the Erie County Department of Health and is the Director of several of their grant programs, including Lead Hazard Control, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention. He is a 28-year veteran of work in the Public Health Sector, starting with the Department in 1991, and has worked in Lead Poisoning Prevention for over 23 of those years. Tom holds certifications as an EPA Lead Based Paint Risk Assessor, Uniform Building Code Enforcement Officer and is a NEHA Healthy Homes Specialist as well as an EPA RRP Training Manager. Tom currently serves on the NYS Governor’s Lead Poisoning Advisory Council, The Buffalo and Erie County Lead Task Force, and the Western New York Coalition to End Lead Poisoning, and for fun, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Taste of Buffalo, one of the largest food festivals in the country.  Tom was honored to be on the 2019 NYS Public Health Works Honor Roll.  In his spare time, he runs a specialty food business with his wife of 25 years, Karen.  Being a lifelong Erie County resident and having grown up in the City of Buffalo, Tom has seen the effects of lead poisoning on the children of the area and has made the elimination of lead poisoning his primary career goal.  He dedicates his work to fighting this scourge on today’s youth and believes that every child should be able to reach their maximum potential and that lead poisoning is taking that away from so many.

Monica Lewis-Patrick (aka The Water Warrior) is a mother, educator, entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate. She is the co-founder of We The People of Detroit and has served as Director of Community Outreach & Engagement since 2009 and unanimously elected by the Board to become the President & CEO in 2014. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), HOW (Healing Our Waters)/Equity Advisory Council, Policy-Link-WERC, Flint Strong Stones (Co-Founder), and many more organizations as she is actively engaged in every struggle on behalf of Detroit Residents. Lewis-Patrick’s organization, We The People of Detroit, co-hosted the United Nations Rapporteurs on Water/Sanitation and Housing in Detroit in October 2014 to challenge the Human Right to Clean, Safe, and Affordable Water being denied to the residents of Detroit.

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Who's Invited?

Parents, residents, landlords, advocates, elected officials and anyone who cares about Cleveland

Date & Time

June 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.


Huntington Cleveland Convention Center
300 W. Lakeside Ave in Cleveland


The convention center is easily accessible to residents via multiple bus routes, the Rapid stop at Tower City, downtown trolleys or vehicle self-parking in nearby garages.


A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided.


9:00 – 10:30 A.M.
10:45 – 11:45 A.M.
12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
1:40 – 2:40 P.M.
2:50 – 3:50 P.M.
4:00 – 5:00 P.M.