Impact Talk: “Using Data as a Social Justice Tool for Addressing Lead Poisoning in Cleveland”

As part of its Impact Talks series, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host “Using Data as a Social Justice Tool for Addressing Lead Poisoning in Cleveland” Wednesday, March 30, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Mandel School’s Noble Commons.

Robert L. Fischer, an associate professor and co-director of The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss how data can play an important role in policy development to bring about social change.

In Cleveland, a major initiative is now underway to remove the persistent threat to children from lead poisoning, especially, in rental housing. Research done at the Mandel School has been influential in informing this initiative and evaluating its success during implementation. This talk will explore how data have played a role in partners’ understanding of the risks of lead, its ties to longstanding disinvestment and discrimination, and how best to intervene in the low-cost rental housing market to protect children. 

Door prizes will be raffled off to those in attendance, both in-person and online. Six students (three in-person and one online) will have an opportunity to win one of the following prizes at each Impact Talk:

  • Two 10-inch Android tablets 
  • Four Bluetooth wireless earbuds

The event will be held via livestream and will be recorded for viewing on the Mandel School’s YouTube channel. For questions, contact Kim McFarlin at

Register and receive the livestream link.