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EPA Lead Program
Grant Fact Sheet
Newborn Lead Prevention
Detroit, Ml
EPA has selected the Detroit Department of
Health and Wellness Promotion in Detroit, Ml
for a Targeted Lead Grant.
The Department will implement an
environmental assessment and lead prevention
education project targeted to the parents of
newborns. This project will be incorporated into
the Detroit Childhood Lead Poisoning
Prevention and Control Program (DCLPP&CP).
DCLPP&CP will address lead poisoning by:
	Providing face-to-face lead prevention and
lead safe work practice education for
parents of newborn children,
	Increasing lead awareness among infants'
primary care physicians,
	Promoting blood lead testing among families
with newborns, and
	Providing clients with lead paint inspections
in dwellings of children whose blood lead
levels exceed 10 |jg/dL(micrograms per
deciliter of blood), the federal level of
In addition, newborn children in high-risk zip codes in Detroit will be identified through vital records.
Lead awareness and testing literature will be attached to the birth certificates of all children born in
Lead poisoning in Detroit is extremely pervasive: 56 percent of its housing stock was built prior to
1950; there are extremely high unemployment rates; and nearly one-half of the city's children live
below the poverty level. In 2005, 9 percent of 1- and 2-year olds tested had EBLs of 10|jg/dL, and
another 24 percent had EBLs between 5 - 9pg/dL.
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
2007 Targeted Lead Grant Program
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics