ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The committee and staff are grateful for the time and effort of the many contributors to the symposium, including the plenary speakers; workshop moderators, rapporteurs, and participants; poster session presenters; agency representatives; and other participants. Through openly sharing their considerable expertise and different perspectives, these individuals brought clarity and focus to difficult issues surrounding lead exposure reduction in the Americas. Further, their active participation encouraged a remarkably free exchange of ideas and contributed to the identification of action steps for prevention and treatment of lead poisoning that are reasoned, broadly endorsed, and cost-effective. We hope that this report adequately reflects these important contributions.

The committee also wishes to thank our conference hosts at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico for their warm hospitality and excellent advance arrangements. We particularly thank Dr. Jaime Sep úlveda, Director-General, for his generosity in support of the activity and Dr. Mauricio Hernández-Avila, Director, Center for Population Health Research and committee member, for his invaluable help in organizing the conference. The committee would also like to acknowledge Drs. Christopher Howson, Ellen Silbergeld, Cristina Cortinas de Nava, and Polly Harrison for their hard work and vision in realizing this project, and we thank Ms. Carmen Alvarez, Mr. Jaime Alvarez, Ms. Norma Espinosa, Mr. Ricardo García Jiménez, Mr. Julio Rodríguez, Ms. Susana Rongel, Ms. Dee Sutton, and Ms. Teresa Téllez for having helped ensure a flawlessly run conference. Most important of all, the committee wishes to thank Ms. Kim Brewer of the IOM and Ms. Kelly Scoggins of the National Institute of Public Health for their many long hours and outstanding contributions in preparation for the meeting. Theirs are the shoulders we stood on.

The committee also thanks Dr. Hugo Aréchiga, Dr. Adolfo Martínez-Palomo, Dr. Pelayo Vilar-Puig, and Ms. Phyllis Freeman for their valuable assistance in the planning of the conference. The committee and editors



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LEAD IN THE AMERICAS: A call for action ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The committee and staff are grateful for the time and effort of the many contributors to the symposium, including the plenary speakers; workshop moderators, rapporteurs, and participants; poster session presenters; agency representatives; and other participants. Through openly sharing their considerable expertise and different perspectives, these individuals brought clarity and focus to difficult issues surrounding lead exposure reduction in the Americas. Further, their active participation encouraged a remarkably free exchange of ideas and contributed to the identification of action steps for prevention and treatment of lead poisoning that are reasoned, broadly endorsed, and cost-effective. We hope that this report adequately reflects these important contributions. The committee also wishes to thank our conference hosts at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico for their warm hospitality and excellent advance arrangements. We particularly thank Dr. Jaime Sep úlveda, Director-General, for his generosity in support of the activity and Dr. Mauricio Hernández-Avila, Director, Center for Population Health Research and committee member, for his invaluable help in organizing the conference. The committee would also like to acknowledge Drs. Christopher Howson, Ellen Silbergeld, Cristina Cortinas de Nava, and Polly Harrison for their hard work and vision in realizing this project, and we thank Ms. Carmen Alvarez, Mr. Jaime Alvarez, Ms. Norma Espinosa, Mr. Ricardo García Jiménez, Mr. Julio Rodríguez, Ms. Susana Rongel, Ms. Dee Sutton, and Ms. Teresa Téllez for having helped ensure a flawlessly run conference. Most important of all, the committee wishes to thank Ms. Kim Brewer of the IOM and Ms. Kelly Scoggins of the National Institute of Public Health for their many long hours and outstanding contributions in preparation for the meeting. Theirs are the shoulders we stood on. The committee also thanks Dr. Hugo Aréchiga, Dr. Adolfo Martínez-Palomo, Dr. Pelayo Vilar-Puig, and Ms. Phyllis Freeman for their valuable assistance in the planning of the conference. The committee and editors

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LEAD IN THE AMERICAS: A call for action gratefully acknowledge the individuals who contributed substantially to the preparation of this report, including Dr. Howard Frumkin for his symposium summary in Cuernavaca and for his key role in drafting the Executive Summary; Mr. Juan Haro and Mr. José Ibarra for their valuable translation and editing of the many papers that were written in Spanish and translated into English; Mr. Terry Oke, Dr. Joan Luckhardt, and Dr. Ellen Silbergeld for their help in editing the report; Dr. Francisco Becerra for his assistance in report production; and Ms. Kim Brewer for her insightful comments and hard work in pulling the many parts of this report together. The committee also thanks the anonymous individuals who provided insightful review of the report draft. Finally, we wish to acknowledge and thank our funders: AETNA; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Environmental Defense Fund; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Food and Drug Administration; International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; W. K. Kellogg Foundation Endowment Fund; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; U.S. National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences; and the World Bank. Without their strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of our peoples in this hemisphere, this conference would not have occurred. DAVE RALL Chair