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Proposal For Evaluating Lead Education Materials For Pregnant Women In Allegheny County

Beightley, Hanna (2019) Proposal For Evaluating Lead Education Materials For Pregnant Women In Allegheny County. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Lead exposure affects millions of children and families. Children and pregnant women are at higher risk for lead exposure due to the negative impact lead has on child and fetus development. There is no safe level of lead exposure and even small amounts of exposure to children can lead to developmental delays and behavioral issues in adolescence and adulthood. Lead exposure can occur through multiple pathways, but exposure to lead dust from lead paint in older homes is the most common form of exposure for children. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, holds a high burden of lead due to the profoundly old infrastructure and industrial history. Due to this environment, children and pregnant women are at a constant risk for being exposed to lead. The Allegheny County Health Department mobilized a campaign to improve childhood blood lead level screening and provide education and resources for families. Included in this effort, was creating and disseminating education materials targeted to pregnant women and families. While the importance of evaluating health communication is widely known, it is often not prioritized, and evaluations are not commonly conducted. The proposed evaluation can identify if the print materials contributed to individual changes in lead-safe behaviors and overall improved knowledge and awareness of lead exposure. The public health significance of this paper is that it will contribute to limited information available on conducting proper and useful evaluations of health communication. Ultimately, this information can be used to improve public health education efforts and improve the reach of public health education.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beightley, Hannahmb60@pitt.eduhmb60
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduemfelterUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWeinstein, Andreaamw140@pitt.eduamw140UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMegan, Tulikangasmegan.tulikangas@alleghenycounty.usUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 April 2019
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 53
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 19:31
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 19:31


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