NEHA and Partners Award HiAP and Lead Poisoning Prevention Funds

The National Environmental Health Association, National Center for Healthy Housing, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have offered support to local governmental agencies to implement a Health in All Policies (HiAP) strategy as part of their lead prevention implementation program and activities. This effort is supported through cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health (CDC-RFA-OT18-1802: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health).

Three organizations were selected to receive a technical assistance package consisting of a $20,000 mini-grant and up to 6 months of technical assistance. The purpose of these grants is to advance local efforts to reduce lead exposure and its effects, as well as build capacity to use a HiAP approach for future efforts. The 2019 mini-grant recipients will complete their projects by July 31, 2019.

The 2019 mini-grant recipients are the Allegheny County Health Department, Houston Health Department, and Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness. Read below for a short synopsis of their projects.

Allegheny County Health Department
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The mission of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of over 1.2 million people—particularly the most vulnerable—in 130 municipalities served in their jurisdiction, including the city of Pittsburgh. Lead poisoning prevention has been a part of ACHD’s organizational mission for decades. ACHD is the only organization responsible for the investigation of lead exposure in Allegheny County, including the investigation of children with elevated blood lead levels, enforcement actions when hazards are identified, and education to help families reduce childhood exposures.

The mini-grant will be used to expand and support "Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh," an emerging coalition of cross-sector community partners who are eager and willing to work on lead issues through a HiAP lens, particularly on building cross-sector partnerships, integrating health into a variety of existing decision making processes, and synchronizing messaging and communication across platforms.

Houston Health Department, Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health
Houston, Texas

The mission of the Houston Health Department (HHD) is to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houston residents and the environment in which they live. HHD has two anchor programs that address lead poisoning prevention: a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) and a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program (LBPHCP). Together, these programs reduce the incidence and prevalence of childhood lead poisoning in Houston; educate healthcare professionals and the public about the hazards of childhood lead poisoning and screening guidelines; identify, track, and provide follow-up care to children with childhood lead poisoning; and abate lead paint in homes to remove a primary source of exposure.

The mini-grant will be used to expand a recent and successful place-based lead poisoning prevention pilot to the Fifth Ward, a lead poisoning hot spot, by increasing availability of integrated lead hazard data, empowering community partners, and leveraging cross-sector partnerships.

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness
Louisville, Kentucky

The mission of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is to achieve health equity and improve the health and well-being of all residents and visitors. Their efforts include working to create social and physical environments to improve health and well-being. Reaching this goal requires working across sectors to explore how practices and policies affect health. LMPHW embraces a HiAP approach to facilitate common goals, complimentary roles, and ongoing constructive relationships between public health, healthcare, and other sectors in the Louisville/Jefferson County community.

The mini-grant will be used to participate in and support Louisville’s United Community initiative to create a shared data platform that will seamlessly connect people to the services they need. In addition to the data platform development, LMPHW will focus strategically on planning and executing two community advisory committee meetings to engage the local Louisville community and agency partners, as well as reestablishing relationships with state-level partners to advance lead poisoning prevention and policy best practices, strategic planning, health impact assessments, community engagement, and health and equity.

Congratulations to the 2019 mini-grant recipients!

Release Date: 
Friday, January 18, 2019