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EPA Lead Program

Grant Fact Sheet

Upper Arkansas Area Council
of Governors
Cannon City, CO

EPA has selected the Upper Arkansas
Area Council of Governors (UAACOG)
in Cannon City, CO for a Targeted Lead
Grant.

This project will establish a protocol for
organizations to identify children at risk
of lead poisoning and provide referrals to
the proper healthcare professionals.

The project will enable UAACOG to test
for lead-based paint in high risk homes.

Under the project, UAACOG will:

. Develop a survey to determine
initial risk,

	Survey low-income children,

	Hold a series of three lead risk
partnering meetings with Fremont
County service organizations
providing education to the front-line
staff that work with at-risk populations,

. Provide sample referral letters for use by parents of at-risk children, which can be
taken to health care providers to ensure proper testing of the child,

. Work with the Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) to identify at-risk
pregnant women,

. Use EPA approved lead-based paint (LBP) brochures to assist with education of
public and service organizations, and

	Require a UAACOG staff member to become a certified- LBP risk assessor.

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.

2007 Targeted Lead Grant Program

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

www.epa.gov/lead


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