Lead Dangers Led To New Program

Foster Families Educated on Prevention of Lead Poisoning.

The project will identify and reduce the incidents of lead poisoning in foster homes by implementing a three pronged approach: 1) “Healthy Home Assessments” will be offered to 445 foster families residing in four high lead concentration zip code areas; 2) environmental hazards education will be offered to 130 staff in nine foster care agencies, 220 NFC staff, and 1,379 foster homes where NFC case manages children; and 3) environmental hazards education will be offered to families in the general community who reside in the four high lead-level concentration zip code areas, as well as, other families residing in low income, underserved communities in Douglas and Sarpy Counties who may be at high risk for environmental hazards.

Over 200 children are poisoned by lead in Omaha each year as a result of interior lead-based paint hazards. Families will be educated on problems in their homes and provided information and referrals for services through the Omaha Healthy Kid Alliance.

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