Lead-Soil Contamination of Residential Properties Adjacent to Municipal Water Towers in Rhode Island

Andrea Burdon, RN, took first prize for her poster presentation entitled, “Lead-Soil Contamination of Residential Properties Adjacent to Municipal Water Towers in Rhode Island” at the Eastern Nursing Research Association Annual Conference in Boston. Ms. Burdon is a baccalaureate student at the University of Rhode Island. Currently, she is a staff nurse at Rhode Island Hospital and the ENT Center of Rhode Island. She holds a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from URI. Dr. Marcella Remer Thompson, State Agencies and Community Liaison for Brown University’s Superfund Research Program and an Assistant Professor Adjunct at URI’s College of Nursing, mentored Ms. Burdon. They analyzed data from the RI Department of Environmental Management to evaluate the efficacy of RI Department of Health regulations regarding lead-soil contamination of residential properties. They worked with Dr. Robert Vanderslice who Team Lead for Healthy Homes andEenvironment at the RI Department of Health and SRP Community Engagement Core Co-Leader as well as RIDEM staff. A publication on this study is in the works.

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