Evaluating the effectiveness of a Philadelphia lead court, part of the Lead Abatement Strike Team Program

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant supports Drexel University to evaluate the establishment of a lead court in November 2002 in the City of Philadelphia. This project will try to determine if the Lead Court, an innovative legal strategy that was an undertaking of the Lead Abatement Strike Team program of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, was effective in enforcing the existing city health code, leading to improvements in children's health (by reducing exposure to lead in individual housing units) and improvements in the environment (by decreasing the number of properties with lead hazards). Quantitative analysis will look at data regarding the number of properties, details of their enforcement, Lead Court appearance history (such as documentation of non-compliance and time to compliance), blood lead level history and trends of resident children, and their correlation with time to compliance. There will be comparisons of data from the pre-Court (1998-2002) and Court (2003-2008) time periods. Deliverables for this project include: journal articles; a final report; and oral and poster presentations to local, state and national legal, public health, environmental health, pediatric, and lead poisoning prevention conferences.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $107,536.00

Awarded on: 11/4/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67144


Drexel University

3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104-2816


Carla C. Campbell
Project Director


Curtis Cummings
Project Director