Jonas Center Supports Online Education Course to Eliminate Children’s Lead Exposure

NEW YORK, NY, March 13, 2017 – The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare announced an online continuing education course on the topic of reducing children’s exposure to lead, now available at through June 13, 2017.

“With environmental toxins posing immediate threats to our nation’s health—specifically our children’s health—the need for education on this topic is more critical than ever. Nurses are in a prime position to detect early signs of overexposure and impact policy to minimize environmental hazards,” said Donald Jonas, philanthropist and cofounder of the Jonas Center. “We are looking forward to working with to educate nurses on lead poisoning, a subject not typically covered in standard nursing curriculum.”

The goal of the course, titled “Lead Poisoning in Children” (CE106-60), is to provide nurses with foundational knowledge and strategies to eliminate children’s exposure to lead. The Jonas Center has provided a grant to fund the online program and allow it to be offered at no charge. After completing the course, nurses will be able to detect five sources of lead exposure in children, provide five ways for parents to reduce lead exposure at home, and identify the vital roles that nurses can play in preventing lead exposure.

“We are honored to be working with the Jonas Center to make education on environmental toxins more accessible and ultimately support the Center’s commitment to improving healthcare through the advancement of the nursing profession,” said Alison Reichert, Vice President of Educational Services. “As pollutants such as lead have put our health at great risk, it’s integral that we supply our nurses with the education they need to make a significant and positive impact on health policy and prevention strategies.”

The online course is now available to nurses nationwide at no charge until June 13, 2017. For more information or to sign up for the course, visit


About the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

In 2006, Barbara and Donald Jonas established the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the leading national philanthropic funder dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare. These programs currently support more than 1,000 doctoral Nurse Scholars nationwide.

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