State awards grants to address health hazards in homes
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The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants totaling $250,000 to seven local health agencies, including one in Pope County, to develop and implement programs that address health hazards frequently found in homes; hazards such as lead, radon and other indoor air pollutants, including tobacco smoke and carbon monoxide, fire safety risks and others.

The grants will fund local efforts that are designed to encourage prevention activities, provide guidance and support to individuals exposed to lead, asthma triggers and other unhealthy conditions within their homes. The grantees will be required to:

Complete a strategic planning and needs assessment process.

Pilot home assessments and education methods.

Provide training to local health and housing organizations to better identify health threats in housing.

Most local health agencies in Minnesota already participate in lead poisoning prevention programs for people living in homes most likely to have lead hazards. This project builds on that foundation to address other health hazards in homes.

"What we've found over the years is that the same homes that have lead hazards often also have other environmental hazards that expose their occupants to health risks that are largely preventable," said Dan Symonik, program supervisor. "This project seeks to address those hazards in a one-stop-shop kind of way so that intervention or prevention can... | CLICK LINK TO READ FULL ARTICLE

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