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EPA Lead Program

Grant Fact Sheet

Lead Poisoning Prevention and

Kearney, Nebraska

EPA has selected the Community Action
Partnership of Mid-Nebraska in Kearney,

Nebraska for a Targeted Lead Grant.

Many Nebraska children are not being
tested for lead poisoning. The percentage
of children being tested in the 27 rural
counties served by Community Action
Partnership of Mid-Nebraska is very low,
and the age of housing, combined with the
percentage of children living in poverty,
make these areas of suspected, but
undocumented elevated blood lead levels.

The $90,520 grant will help Community
Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska to:

	Identify the extent and location of
childhood lead poisoning cases in
south central Nebraska, and

	Expand their education and outreach
services to underserved low-income
minority populations with a bilingual
cultural liaison.

This project will offer free blood lead testing to children under 6 years old and lead hazard
home assessments in 27 counties in rural south central Nebraska. Through a collaborative
partnership with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Well Child public health
clinics, an estimated 90% of WIC and Well Child program children will be tested.

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