Public Forum on Childhood Lead Poisoning Kicks Off Monthly Series on Jan. 28

(Syracuse, New York, Jan. 11, 2019) Syracuse is in the midst of a lead poisoning crisis. At least 600 children in the city were infected with unsafe levels of lead in 2017. In fact, 11 percent of children tested in Syracuse in 2017 had elevated levels of lead in their blood, according to the Onondaga County Health Department. It’s unclear yet how much or if any appreciable improvement was made in 2018. 100 Black Men of Syracuse, as an organization that serves youth from neighborhoods where the crisis is considered most severe, is joining others in sounding the alarm about childhood lead poisoning by co-hosting, with Black Nurses Rock Syracuse, a one-hour, public forum on the subject at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

Paul Ciavarri, lead organizer for the Syracuse-based Campaign to End Childhood Lead Poisoning by 2025, and Jaime Howley, co-chair of the TNT Southside’s housing taskforce, will address the crisis at the forum, which will be held at the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S. Salina St. in Syracuse.  The discussion will immediately follow a one-hour presentation, “Home Ownership,” at 5: 30 p.m. led by Cal Corriders, a mortgage loan originator for Pathfinder Bank.

Both presentations will be held Jan. 28 at the South Side Innovation Center and are part of “4th Mondays,” a new, monthly 2-for-1 personal finance and wellness series that continues through June and is presented by 100 Black Men of Syracuse. To register online for the Jan. 28 presentations, go to

Other topics to be covered during 4th Mondays include retirement planning and heart disease on Feb. 25, and estate planning and colorectal and prostate cancer on March 25. The full presentation schedule is posted online at

For more information about the 4th Mondays personal finance and wellness series, email 100 Black Men at