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EPA Lead Program
Grant Fact Sheet
Preventing Lead Poisoning in
Refugees & Immigrant
Communities
Albany, New York
EPA has selected the New York State
Office of Temporary and Disability
Assistance in Albany for a Targeted Lead
Grant.
The Office of Refugee and Immigrant
Services (ORIS) plans to use immigrant
community liaisons currently on staff to
conduct strategic outreach to specific ethnic
communities in targeted areas of New York
with significant immigrant populations.
Professional translation of lead poisoning
prevention outreach materials which are
culturally appropriate will be developed and
outreach will be conducted through local
refugee and immigrant service centers,
Refugee School Impact Program sites, local
social service districts and refugee health sc
EPA's Targeted Lead Grants
EPA's Targeted Lead Grant Program funds
projects in areas with high incidences of
children with elevated blood-lead levels in
vulnerable populations. In 2007 the Agency
awarded more than $5.2 Million in grants
under this ambitious program. These
targeted grants are intended to address
immediate needs of the communities in
which they are awarded, and will also
highlight lead poison prevention strategies
that can be used in similar communities
across the country.
EPA's lead program is playing a major role
in meeting the federal goal of eliminating
childhood lead poisoning as a major public
health concern by 2010, and the projects
supported by these grant funds are an
important part of this ongoing effort.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control in 1978 there were 13.5 million
children in the US with elevated blood lead
levels. By 2002, that number had dropped
to 310,000.
For more information about EPA's Lead
Program, visit www.epa.gov/lead or call
the National Lead Information Center at
1-800-424-LEAD.
facilities. The goals of this project are to:
 Raise community and family awareness about lead poisoning, how it can be prevented
and what to do when a child has an elevated blood lead level.
 Select the languages of the top five immigrant communities, develop translated
materials and train outreach staff in culturally appropriate service delivery for those
communities.
2007 Targeted Lead Grant Program
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
www.epa.gov/lead

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