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Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Announces $120,000 Investment to Eliminate Lead Poisoning Nationwid

By: Green and Health Homes Initiative


Five Organizations Named Lead Catalytic Grant Awardees


Baltimore, MD — The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) announces today that five organizations have been selected for the second cohort of Lead Catalytic Awardees with each organization to receive $20,000 in direct funding support and an additional $10,000 in technical assistance support. These grants support innovative, community-based organizations working to eliminate lead poisoning by: implementing lead poisoning prevention policies and best practices, increasing effective communication and public awareness and developing strategies that increase lead hazard reduction investments in primary prevention. The grant awards are part of GHHI’s National Campaign to End Lead Poisoning, a national collective dedicated to the elimination of lead poisoning within five years.


“Lead is an entirely preventable childhood illness, and one we can eliminate through smart investment and prevention-focused policy,” said Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO of the Green & Health Homes Initiative. “The Lead Catalytic Awardees are lead poisoning prevention leaders, taking innovative approaches to combat the toxic legacy of lead in their communities. We are honored to partner with them as they work to keep all children safe and healthy.”


The 2019 Lead Catalytic Awardees include:


Home Headquarters (Syracuse, NY)

Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health (PEACH) (Durham, NC)

GEEARS (Atlanta, GA)

Public Health Institute of Western MA (Springfield, MA)

Memphis Urban League (Memphis, TN)


Every year, more than half a million children under the age of six are exposed to hazardous levels of lead, a dangerous toxin that causes irreversible and life-long health effects and costs taxpayers more than $50 billion. Together, we can eliminate lead poisoning once and for all, for this generation of America’s children.


To learn more about the Lead Catalytic Awards or GHHI’s National Campaign to End Lead Poisoning, contact Catherine Klinger at 410-534-6455 or at cklinger@ghhi.org.