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EPA Lead Program
Grant Fact Sheet
Reducing Childhood Lead Poisoning
Spokane, Washington
EPA has selected the Lands Council in
Spokane, Washington for a Targeted Lead
The Lands Council plans to use $72,000 in EPA
grant money to reduce childhood lead
poisoning in Spokane by targeting outreach and
education and increasing childhood lead
screening. The project addresses an area of
suspected but undocumented elevated blood-
lead levels in four inner-city neighborhoods in
Spokane. The project will:
	Identify children who are most at risk of
having elevated blood lead levels in four
inner-city Spokane neighborhoods,
	Document blood-levels among high-risk
children under age 6 in targeted
	Create a self-sustaining partnership
between government agencies,
neighborhood councils, academic
institutions, non-profits and health care
providers, and
	Evaluate the effectiveness of the education, outreach and screening.
Within the two years of the project timeframe, there will be two major outcomes: Increased
awareness of childhood lead poisoning and how to prevent it in four inner-city neighborhoods, and
increased documentation of elevated blood-lead levels in Spokane.
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