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EPA Lead Program
Grant Fact Sheet

More Than Words

EPA has selected More Than Words in

Massachusetts for a Targeted Lead Grant.

The $75,000 grant to More Than Words will be
used to develop and implement strategies for
reaching vulnerable populations in high risk
communities in New England.

Across New England, risk for childhood lead
poisoning is not spread equitably. The
following communities have been identified as
having some of the highest elevated blood lead
levels in children in New England: Manchester,

New Hampshire, Lewiston, Maine, Bellows
Falls, Vermont; Springfield, Massachusetts;

Central Falls, Rhode Island, and Bridgeport,

Connecticut. These high risk communities
will be the focal point for education,
outreach and specialized training focused to
improve knowledge and awareness of
regulatory requirements and best practices
for compliance.

Select measurable results for the project
include, but are not limited to:

	Engaging local and state government officials in target communities to become part of the

	Conducting lead poisoning prevention training and outreach activities in target areas which will
increase understanding and inspire behavior changes in the community.

	Creating and implementing strategies for reaching high risk communities to decrease elevated
blood lead levels in areas with greatest need.

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