LSU medical students to hold health fair

The LSU Health New Orleans’ Tiger Cubs Mentorship Program will hold a free community health fair Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Gentilly Terrace Charter School, 4720 Painters St.

The fair will offer screenings including blood pressure, glucose/diabetes, cholesterol, body mass index, heart and lung exams, and dental exams.

The mentorship program pairs medical students with fifth- to eighth-grade students interested in pursuing careers in health care.

“Part of the program is teaching the kids to do health screenings and counseling patients,” said Ebony Juakali, the fourth-year medical student who heads the program. “We let them practice this by putting on a free community health fair.”

New zoning law to be topic of meeting

The New Orleans City Council will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. Friday in the council chamber at City Hall to receive public comment on the proposed new comprehensive zoning ordinance.

The city’s Home Rule Charter requires that a CZO be adopted and that it be consistent with the city’s master plan. After several years of work, the City Planning Commission recommended and the City Council approved the new ordinance in principle last fall.

On March 12, the final ordinance was introduced on first reading. On Friday, the council will hear public comments and discuss proposed amendments to the ordinance. Proposed amendments may be voted on for recommendation at that time, but the council will not vote on the full ordinance on that day.

For information, visit the council’s website or the Clerk of Council’s Office.

Free lead testing at Earth Day event

Lead Safe Louisiana and Michelle’s Earth Foundation are sponsoring an Earth Day event Saturday at Fourth and Dryades streets in Central City.

Activities will include testing children for elevated levels of lead in the blood. Organizers will also explain the danger of lead in houses, the soil and water. Test kits for soil and water will be available.

According to Dr. Howard Mielke, a research professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine, about 42 percent of New Orleans children are at risk of lead-related health problems. In some parts of Central City, nearly 60 percent of children are at risk.

Elevated lead levels in children have been linked to brain damage, mental retardation, behavior problems, anemia, liver and kidney damage, hearing loss, developmental delays and, in extreme cases, death. In adults, high amounts of lead in the bloodstream can also harm the kidneys and impair memory.

Lead exposure can come from lead-based paint in older buildings and in soil where children play.

‘School to Prison Pipeline’ meet set

An American Bar Association town hall titled “The School to Prison Pipeline: What Are the Problems?” will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Loyola University College of Law, room 405, 526 Pine St.

The event is free, but registration is recommended.

The term “school to prison pipeline” refers to failures in the education system by which many minority students are incorrectly categorized in special education, are disciplined more harshly and achieve at lower levels. They often end up in juvenile justice facilities and prisons.

The goal of the forum is to bring together key organizations to develop an action plan to address the problem.

For a list of speakers, visit the Loyola College of Law website.