EPA Awards $241,000 to NEHA to Implement the Mentorship Program for Developing School IPM Capabilities
DENVER---The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) received a $241,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to implement the NEHA Mentorship Program for Developing School IPM Capabilities. The EPA awarded this grant to NEHA to help reduce student, teacher, and staff exposure to pests and pesticides in our nation’s schools, while saving money, energy and pesticide treatment cost.
The grant money will help fund and develop partnerships and communities of support around integrated pest management (IPM) practices in schools. NEHA will work with local health departments and pest management professionals to create an intensive mentorship program that will help underserved school districts across the country address pest management.
“Local health departments play a significant role in communities and are a natural fit in building support networks for school IPM programs,” said Christl Tate, project coordinator at NEHA. “Through building a support network around school IPM, we can create sustainable programs that benefit the children, schools, and community as a whole.”
The IPM program will begin this spring and will start with five school districts across the U.S. The goal of the program is to reduce unnecessary threats to children by providing them with a healthy school environment. By bringing together all groups that play a role in school pest management, NEHA aims to create a community to support healthy kids by utilizing integrated pest management practices.
Environmental health professionals are especially capable of developing this type of program as they work in local communities to protect the food we eat, the water we drink and play in, the air we breathe, and the homes and buildings we work and learn in. Environmental health professionals can find resources on vectors and pest control, and NEHA is committed to advancing the understanding of environmental health issues through webinars, informative toolkits, infographics, and articles.
About the National Environmental Health Association
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is professional society with more than 4,500 members in the public and private sectors as well as in universities and uniformed services. NEHA's mission, "to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all" is fulfilled in the products and services offered by NEHA to advance the environmental health professional through credentialing, training, education, networking, professional development, and policy involvement opportunities. Learn more about NEHA at www.neha.org.