Addressing Risks of Lead in Water and Soil

Using Citizen Science and a Unique Partnership with Faith Organizations


  • Dr. Gabriel M. Filippelli Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rev. Ivan Douglas Hicks First Baptist Church North Indianapolis
  • Dr. Gregory Druschel
  • Dr. Jason Kelly
  • John Shukle
  • Spencer Strout
  • Natalie Nichols
  • Dawson Stroud
  • Megan Ottenweller
  • Makayla Ohrberg
  • Marisa Longbrake
  • Leah Wood
  • Benjamin Clark
  • Kevin Fryling



lead, community research, environmental justice, urban health


One of the most widespread environmental health hazards in the United States remains exposure to the harmful neurotoxin lead. So much lead remains in the urban environment that it is not unusual to find neighborhoods where more than 10% of children exhibit harmful levels of lead, compared to the national average of about 1%. To overcome this challenge, a partnership between IUPUI researchers and faith organizations in Indianapolis is taking aim at the risk of household lead contamination by providing residents the tools they need to protect against it. The community-driven science aspect of this project is intentional—not only will the individuals who participate benefit directly, but the resulting data will also play a role in keeping communities safer more broadly.