Two Big Challenges in Public Health:

Lead Poisoning and the Opioid Crisis


Single Day Event: Tuesday, Sept. 25; 9:30-11:30 AM

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines

Cost: $12

Class Limit: 100


More than 90% of those who grew up before unleaded gas were lead-poisoned as children. What impact has lead poisoning had on us and what effect is it having on children today? How do situations like Flint, Michigan’s lead in the public water supply happen today? Though lead poisoning has been dealt with and our risk has substantially decreased, a new national health crisis has emerged—opioid abuse. Discussion will center around how we got to where we are today, why people are getting addicted and what is being done to address this crisis.


Instructor Patricia Quinlisk is the medical director and state epidemiologist at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Quinlisk holds a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins and an MD from the University of Wisconsin. She trained as a medical microbiologist, worked in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, trained as a field epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and taught at several universities. She currently is a scientific counselor to the CDC.


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