Updated: July 30, 2020
Tamara Rubin is an internationally recognized, award winning lead-poisoning prevention advocate and documentary ﬁlmmaker. She took on the cause of childhood lead-poisoning after her own sons were poisoned by the work of a painting contractor in Portland, Oregon in 2005.
Tamara has created a strong web and media presence for the cause of childhood Lead-poisoning prevention (with over 1,940,000 unique visitors [from over 200 countries!] to this website in in 2019 alone – per Google Analytics), in an effort to bring this message to the world: lead poisoning was not “solved” with the 1978 ban on lead in residential paint and more than 1 in 3 children in America (and worldwide) today has an unsafe level of Lead in their blood. There are currently more than 2,500 posts and pages with information about childhood Lead poisoning here on this blog.
Tamara is committed to educating every parent about this wholly preventable environmental illness that causes permanent brain damage in young children yet still today conservatively costs the United States more than $50.9 Billion annually!
Through her advocacy work, Tamara has personally helped thousands of families create safer homes and environments for their children, and continues to help families every single day.
Tamara has won several awards for her advocacy work, including two from the federal government – when her work was honored by a consortium of federal agencies (EPA, CDC, USDA, HUD & USDoE) at the National Healthy Homes Conferences in both 2011 and 2014.
Notable Media Coverage
Starting with a Today Show interview in 2008, Tamara’s work has been covered by CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and ABC – in both national and local television news stories. Over the past 13+ years (since she has been active as an advocate and public speaker) she has been interviewed for (or quoted in) articles (and video segments) in the New York Times, Truthout, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, New York Post, USA Today, The Voice of Russia, Vice, Al Jazeera English, Better Homes and Gardens Australia, Parents Magazine, and many more. In 2017 “CBS This Morning” covered her work finding unsafe levels of Lead in the popular fidget spinner toys. For more press coverage (with specific links), click here.