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Urban Environmental Program in New England

2004 Healthy Communities Grant Program

The Healthy Communities Grant Program was launched in 2003 and integrates nine EPA New England programs – Urban Environmental Program, Smart Growth, Children’s Environmental Health, Asthma, Community Air Toxics, Tools for Schools, Pesticides, Pollution Prevention and Toxics to combine available resources and best identify competitive projects that will achieve measurable environmental and public health results in communities across New England.


Project Summaries


Connecticut

City of New Haven
Triggers Be Gone!
$50,000

Eighteen percent of New Haven school children suffer from asthma. The City has the highest rate of asthma related emergency room visits and hospitalizations throughout Connecticut. Triggers Be Gone seeks to reduce asthma related hospitalizations and emergency room visits and the severity of asthma by reducing exposure to environmental triggers like mold, cockroaches, environmental tobacco smoke, and dust. The program plans to accomplish this goal through education and outreach to schools, families, and other community members and the distribution of asthma reduction kits to families with asthmatic children.

Measures of Success: Reduction of exposure to asthma triggers through use of environmental assessments and trainings. Distribution of educational materials to 1000 school administrators, teachers, and community members. Distribution of trigger removal kits to 20 families with asthmatic children.

Project Partners: New Haven Health Department Asthma Program, Bureau of Nursing and Bureau of Environmental Health.

Contact: Yuland Daley, City of New Haven, 165 Church Street, City Hall, New Haven, CT 06510
Tel: (203) 946-8457 Fax: (203) 946-7234 Email: ydale@snet.net

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Farmington Avenue Alliance
Building Healthy Communities Through Good Road Design
$30,000

The Farmington Avenue Alliance is a collaborative, consensus based organization formed in Hartford, Connecticut to spearhead a long range plan to revitalize Farmington Avenue, a major commercial and residential corridor. The goal of the Alliance and this project is to make the two urban neighborhoods for which Farmington Avenue is the spine, more livable for its residents, workers, and regional visitors through outreach and education. The project includes a community planning program to obtain public support for an innovative road design. The design will add bike lanes and increase walkability in two city neighborhoods, thereby improving the physical urban environment and reducing problems associated with poor health such as lack of exercise and poor air quality caused by auto emissions.

Measures of Success: Increase in local support for innovative street design. Reduction in automobile emissions. Construction of bicycle lanes and placement of bicycle racks. Development and distribution of brochures, presentations and videos related to the street design. Reorganization of bus schedules and bus stops and effective opposition to the creation of more drive-through businesses. Development of collaborative efforts with other community health and environmental groups.

Project Partner: City of Hartford

Contact: Jill Barrett, 484 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105 Tel: (860)233-7735 Fax: (860 )570-0740 E-Mail: jbarrett@farmingtonavenue.org

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Connecticut Department of Public Health
Implementing EPA's Tools for School in CT's Urban Cities
CT School Indoor Environment Resource Team
$30,000

This project is designed to increase the capacity for Connecticut agencies, organizations, and schools to collaboratively address indoor air quality problems in schools on a systemic basis. Project partners will bring the Tools for Schools training to small and moderate-sized school districts as well as to schools in large urban areas. The project also includes follow-up and evaluation of program implementation in communities which have previously received Tools for Schools training and development of a protocol to maintain the effectiveness of Tools for Schools training over time.

Measures of Success: Continued Tools for Schools training in Connecticut school districts. Development of a protocol to maintain effectiveness of training.

Project Partners: American Lung Association of CT, American Institute of Architecture - CT, CT Interlocal Risk Management Agency, CT Association of Boards of Education, CT Association of Local Health Directors, CT Council on Occupational Safety & Health, CT Department of Environmental Protection, Ct Department of Labor, Occupational Health Program, CT Association of Public Schools Superintendents, CT Department of Education, CT Parent Teacher Association, Ct Education Association, American Federation of Teacher - CT, CT School Building & Grounds Association, Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, Southeast Connecticut Indoor Air Coalition, U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Civil Rights (Boston), UCONN Health Center - Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program, Yale Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program, CT School Nurses Association, CT Federal of School Administrators, AFL-CIO .

Contacts: Brian Toal, CT Department of Public Health, 410 Capitol Avenue, PO Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134 Tel: (860) 509-7742 Fax: (860) 509-7785

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Bridgeport Community Health Center, Inc.
Development of a Community-Based Asthma Network for Environmental Community Education
$30,000

This project will educate children with asthma and their families about indoor asthma triggers through a coordinated community-based approach. The target population is a community within Stamford with a high rate of poverty, large immigrant population, and asthma prevalence 200% higher than the overall City. The project will address the microenvironments of children, specifically the home and day care centers, by bringing asthmatic children and their families into the "Breath of Fresh Air" network. Project partners will hold outreach sessions to bring asthma prevention education to day care centers and community gatherings. Families with asthmatic children will also be provided with in-home evaluations, medical case management, and trigger reduction materials.

Measures of Success: Development of a community-based asthma network for environmental community education. Presentation of asthma prevention education at community gatherings. Distribution of asthma prevention support and trigger reduction materials to families with asthmatic children.

Project Partners: Stanford Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Environmental Health "A Breath of Fresh Air" Program

Contact: Ludwig Spinelli, 471 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06608 Tel: (203)696-3260 Ext. 349

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Maine

City of Portland
The West End Soil Abatement Project
$30,000

Lead poisoning research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are deteriorating lead-based paint, lead contaminated dust, and lead contaminated residential soil. Considerable attention has been given to lead paint hazards in homes but less attention has been paid to lead contaminated soil that surrounds these homes. The goal of this project is to help the residents of the West End protect their children from the dangers of lead poisoning by identifying areas with contaminated soils and working with residents to remediate these soils. Specifically, the project will perform lead testing on urban residential soil in the West End and test native vegetation growing on-site to determine the potential for native species to accumulate lead, and apply a low cost, in-situ mitigation technique using food source plants to remediate lead contamination in backyard gardens. Two community education forums will be held to disseminate information on lead poisoning and about this particular project.

Measures of Success: Testing of soil on 50 property sites. Establishment of phytoremediation crop in three gardens. Increased rate of lead poisoning screening among eligible children. Decreased percentage of children identified with lead poisoning. Enrollment of 3 West End property owners in the Portland Lead Safe Housing Program.

Project Partners: Portland West, University of Southern ME Department of Environmental Sciences, Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Cultivating Community, West End Community Policing Center, and Portland Lead-Safe Housing Program

Contact: Lisa Belanger, 389 Congress Street, Room 307, Portland, ME 04101 Tel: (207) 874-8919 Fax: (207) 874-8920 E-Mail: lgb@portlandmaine.gov

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Portland Trails
From Asphalt to Greenspace
$30,000

Portland's school grounds have more pavement than greenspace. The Asphalt to Greenspace project seeks to transform featureless, sterile, asphalt-dominated school grounds into greener, healthier, more natural areas for community learning and recreation. The project will bring organizations and professionals with environmental resources and experience into a coalition with schools and neighborhood communities which need assistance with greening projects. The coalition will also connect teachers seeking environmental education curricula with resources and provide support for the development of environmental curricula using school yards as a teaching medium. Finally, the project partners will also work with teachers and communities on the improvement of school yards by increasing the number of trees, bushes, gardens, and green areas. Involvement of the community in greening projects will bring about longer term stewardship and advocacy for the greenspace.

Measures of Success: Greening of a minimum of 6 school yards; creation of Greening Coalition, workshops to provide support for teachers and connect academic learning to the environment.

Project Partners: Portland Public Schools, Cultivating Community, Portland Water District, Portland Partnership, Maine Audubon, Portland Arts Commission, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in the School Program, Maine Society of Landscape Architects

Contact: Laura Newman, 1 India Street, Portland, ME 04101 Tel: (207) 775-2411 Fax: (207) 871-2411 E-Mail: laura@trails.org

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Massachusetts

WalkBoston
Classroom Curriculum: Safe Routes to Schools
$30,000

The Safe Routes to Schools program promotes walking to school for children as a means to reduce vehicular emissions and increase children's activity and interaction with the environment. The Classroom Curriculum project will involve teachers in the Safe Route to Schools program and develop curriculum to measure its effects. The curriculum will track changes in the children's knowledge of the environment, attitudes towards walking, and ability to negotiate streets safely. Long term benefits of the program include improved air quality due to decreased traffic and reduction in obesity and associated childhood diseases due to increased physical activity.

Measures of Success: Development of curriculum. Increased environmental awareness among students.

Project Partner: Eastern Research Group (ERG)

Contact: Don Eunson, WalkBoston, Old City Hall 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108 Tel: (617) 522-0656 Fax: (617) 367-9285 Email: deunson@gis.net

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MASSCOSH
Healthy Schools Initiative
$30,000

It is well known that many Massachusetts schools, and particularly those in low-income neighborhoods of color, are in a severe state of disrepair. According to the U.S. Department of Education, numerous studies have shown that these decaying buildings threaten the health, safety, and learning opportunities of students. Poor school conditions have been known to trigger asthma, respiratory illnesses and other serious health problems. The Healthy Schools Initiative is an innovated, multi-faceted approach to eliminating environmental hazards in public schools to protect the health of children, teachers and school staff in Boston, Lowell and other urban communities. Over 60,000 students will benefit by the elimination of environmental hazards and asthma triggers, increased community ability to assess, understand and reduce environmental and human health risks through community-based training and school-based environmental audits; and promoting healthy schools by introducing a systems approach to improving environmental conditions.

Measures of Success: Number of environmental teams established, number of schools that successfully establish environmental management systems, increased understanding of school environmental hazards, number of schools introduced to Tools for Schools, convening of Healthy Schools Taskforce and identification/promotion of key environmental policies, long term changes in the behavior of schools.

Project Partners: Boston Urban Asthma Coalition, MA Teachers Association, United Teachers of Lowell, Boston Teachers Union

Contact: Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, 12 Southern Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124 Tel: (617) 825-7233 Ext. 15 Fax: (617) 929-0434 E-Mail: marcy.gelb@masscosh.org

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Housatonic Valley Association, Inc.
Water Quality Monitoring and Community Outreach, Pittsfield, MA
$29,310

The Housatonic River runs through Pittsfield, MA and is too polluted to safely use for recreation or consume fish caught in it. However, many local residents use the river to swim, fish and for other recreation such as boating. The Water Quality Monitoring and Community Outreach project will test for pollutants that harm the health of the river and limit safe, recreational use on the West, East, and Southwest Branches of the Housatonic River. Nine branch sites will be tested for water quality regularly, a report of the sampling results will be prepared including suggested action steps to improve water quality and enhance safe use of the river. In addition, the project will include a Storm Drain Awareness Program that will reach eight local schools. The program will include classroom experiments, field trips, and take-home brochures and will reach over 400 fourth grade students to educate them on the environmental and public health impacts of storm drains on river health and water quality.

Measures of Success: Identification of non-point source pollution; identification of pollution sources and removal of them; raised awareness regarding the health of the river, education of 400+ students about storm drain pollution.

Project Partners: City of Pittsfield, Pittsfield Public Schools

Contact: Dennis Regan, 1383 Pleasant Street, South Lee, MA 01260 Tel: (413) 394-9796 Fax: (413) 394-9818 E-Mail: hvama@bcn.net

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Chelsea Human Services Collaborative
Chelsea Creek Restoration Partnership
$30,000

The communities of Chelsea and East Boston are joined by the Chelsea Creek. Both are densely settled neighborhoods with racially diverse, low-income populations, and both suffer from a lack of open and green space. The land along the Chelsea Creek is a "Designated Port Area" which limits public access to the waterfront and maintains the industrial nature of the Creek. This project supports the work of the Chelsea Human Services Collaborative, which has worked to bring together a coalition of Chelsea and East Boston residents, government officials, and local businesses to improve the local environment and increase the potential for public access. The Chelsea Creek Restoration Partnership is a continuation of these efforts with the goals of strengthening the Chelsea and East Boston Environmental Youth Crews, advocating for public access to Chelsea Creek from the old pump station site in East Boston, promote and study feasibility of the Chelsea Riverway to link with other area recreational parks/trails, and establish the Chelsea Creek Restoration Fund to help sustain this complex restoration effort, as well as involve area businesses in the effort.

Measures of Success: Increased cooperation with businesses; completion of feasibility studies and promotion/planning for development of Chelsea Riverway, established Restoration Fund as legal entity; expanded scientific work with Youth Crews; field study projects with youth.

Project Partners: Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Urban Ecology Institute

Contact: Roseann Bongiovani, 300 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150 Tel: (617) 889-6080 Fax: (617) 889-0559 E-Mail: roseannb@chelseacollab.org

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Health Services Partnership of Dorchester
The Boston Blueprint to End Childhood Lead Poisoning - Lead Awareness Campaign
$30,000

The Blueprint to End Childhood Lead Poisoning - Lead Awareness Campaign is a project intended to end childhood lead poisoning in Boston. Lead poisoning rates in the City have dropped from over 5000 new cases in 1993 to 731 in 2003. Although tremendous progress has been made, there are still neighborhoods in which the rates remain significantly higher than the city average. North and South Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Mattapan have the highest rates in the city and will be the focus of the campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to help families with young children determine whether or not their homes are safe, and if not, what resources are available to them as homeowners or tenants. Through the campaign, different leverage points will be utilized to assist the city and other service providers in focusing resources to the families that need them the most. Because this collaborative effort has the unique approach of bringing together the community and decision makers to work on the project together, it is believed that this campaign will indeed bring an end to childhood lead poisoning in Boston.

Measures of Success: Decrease in number of children poisoned by lead, increased and improved relationships and collaborations among community groups, and improved relationships between community groups and government, academia, etc.

Project Partners: Lead Action Collaborative, Boston Fair Housing Center, Boston Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Conservation Law Foundation, Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, ESAC, Legal Services Center, MA Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, MA Affordable Housing Alliance, Sovereign Bank

Contact: Rosanne Foley/Ryan Torres, 1452 Dorchester Ave, 4th Floor, Dorchester, MA 02122 Tel: (617) 474-1478 Fax: (617) 627-4679 E-Mail: Roseanne.Foley@codman.org

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Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Inc.
Concord River Greenway
$20,000

One of the most essential Smart Growth strategies is to curb urban sprawl by making urban core areas more livable and attractive. The goal of the Concord River Greenway Park project is to restore, maintain, and enhance the ecological integrity and social viability of the Concord River through the City of Lowell. This will be partially accomplished through neighborhood based planning for the design of a multi-use pedestrian/bike path and will reunite several neighborhoods around a shared natural resource. The project's ultimate goal is to transform the Concord River from what has historically been a boundary between neighborhoods into a shared natural resource that unites these areas and connects local residents to accessible urban natural resources.

Measures of Success: Conduct regional outreach event, develop success story report, reduction in daily vehicle miles traveled, improved water quality, land acquisition and easements.

Project Partners: City of Lowell, Bay Circuit Alliance, Lowell Heritage Partnership, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Riverside Community Association, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, Back Central Neighborhood Association

Contact: Jane Calvin, PO Box 7162, Lowell, MA 01852 Tel: (978) 934-0030 E-Mail: jcalvin@lowellandtrust.org

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Center for Health and Human Services, Inc.
Smoke Free Homes Campaign, New Bedford and Fall River Massachusetts
$29,216

Smoking rates in Fall River and New Bedford are higher than the statewide average, and smokers in these urban communities are twice as likely as others in the state to be heavy smokers. The Smoke Free Homes Campaign will partner with community organizations to bring smoking cessation education to families with children under the age of 5. Partner organizations will identify clients with children in the target age group and introduce the Smoke Free Homes Campaign materials. Clients will be asked to take the Smoke Free Pledge and will be given educational materials about secondhand smoke; they will also be referred to smoking cessation services. Materials will be available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish to accommodate the linguistic diversity of the area. The goal of the project is to enlist 1520 families to take the Smoke Free Pledge. A follow-up evaluation at six and twelve months will be conducted to assess the long-term success of the project. It is projected that 75 percent of the pledging families will still maintain a smoke free home twelve months after taking the pledge and that one-third of participants in a smoking cessation program will successfully stop smoking. Some of the participants of the program will be asked to join a focus group to discuss the benefits as well as the challenges of maintaining a smoke free home over time.

Measures of Success: Enlistment of 1520 families to take the Smoke Free Pledge. Distribution of Smoke Free Homes kits to participant households. Maintenance of 75% of families in longer-term adherence to program. Completion of focus group to assess program.

Project Partners: Greater New Bedford Community Health Center WIC, Pediatric & Tobacco Treatment Services, Schwartz Center for Children Early Intervention Program, Kennedy Donovan Center Early Intervention Program, Greater Fall River Early Intervention Program, YMCA Evenstart Program, Healthstart Community Health Center/WIC, MA Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program

Contact: Judith Coykendall, 589 South First Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 Tel: (508) 992-0368 Ext. 203 Fax: (508) 990-1465 E-Mail: pcamn@hotmail.com

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The Food Project
Lead-Free Dudley Gardens
$30,000

The Dudley Street neighborhood contains 840 vacant lots and has poor access to fresh vegetables, a severe lead contamination problem, and 54 declared hazardous waste sites polluted with toxins such as chromium, mercury, asbestos, benzene, and arsenic. Gardening is a prominent in the neighborhood, and over 165 gardeners grow vegetables in their backyards. Building on past successes, The Food Project seeks to expand the Lead-Free Dudley Gardens project. The soil in 25 gardens will be sampled and tested; results will be entered into existing databases from previous sampling projects and GIS maps, and this information will be distributed to community members, academics, peers, and other stakeholders. Six gardens will be selected for lead remediation efforts; phytoremediation and other technologies will be implemented and the gardens monitored to assess the outcome. Finally, the Food Project will hold the 3rd Annual Urban Agriculture Conference, which will bring together over 150 practitioners, planners, city officials, chefs, and community activists to focus on urban agriculture as an environmental and public health issue.

Measures of Success: Distribution of monthly newsletter; meeting attendance by community members; distribute GIS maps; engage practitioners, planners, city officials, chefs, and gardeners; conduct Urban Agriculture Conference.

Project Partners: Boston University School of Public Health, Roxbury Community College, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston Public Health Commission

Contact: Pat Grey, PO Box 705, Lincoln, MA 01773 Tel: (781)259-8621 Ext. 15 Fax: (781)259-9659 E-Mail: patgray@thefoodproject.org

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New Hampshire

Health First Family Care Center
Lead Hazard/Asthma Trigger Reduction Program
$30,000

The Lead Hazard/Asthma Trigger Reduction Program is an outgrowth of New Hampshire's 2003-2004 Healthy Home Initiative. This two-year project will allow the Center to reach more at-risk children and their families. The project includes training a staff nurse as a Certified Asthma Educator; developing and implementing an asthma outreach education program; establishing asthma peer support groups for children and adults; and conducting 4 trainings for clinicians on lead hazards and asthma trigger reduction. Potential participants in the in-home intervention will be identified through blood lead screening. The program will serve 20 children and their families over the project period.

Measures of Success: In-home interventions for 20 families. Reduced levels of lead dust and asthma triggers following interventions. Training of staff nurse as asthma educator. Development and implementation of asthma outreach program. Completion of four trainings for clinicians on lead hazards and asthma triggers.

Project Partners: The Way Home, Inc.; Lakes Region General Healthcare; NH Department of Health and Human Services; Caring Community Network of the Twin Rivers; and the City of Franklin

Contact: Jeanne Galloway, 841 Central Street, Franklin, NH 03235 Tel: (603) 934-0177 x-135; Fax: (603) 934-2805; E-Mail: jgalloway@ccntr.org

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City of Manchester Health Department
Manchester's Multi-Lingual Asthma Education and Outreach Program
$29,802

Manchester is the largest urban community in northern New England. Asthma was the number one diagnosis among children in Manchester schools during the 2002-2003 school year. Since the level or poverty among youth in Manchester has been increasing at a faster rate than in the rest of New Hampshire, it is expected there will be similar increase in asthma prevalence. The Manchester Health Department, in collaboration with key community partners, will develop and implement a multi-lingual (English, Spanish, Bosnian, Arabic) educational and outreach program that will be conducted in an in-home setting. Families will be educated about common triggers both in home and at school, in order to increase their awareness of the problem and the need for changing behaviors and so that triggers can be identified and eliminated.

Measures of Success: Twenty in-home visits to children diagnosed with mild/moderate asthma; increase patient and parental understanding of asthma; improve self-management skills; identify and eliminate environmental triggers in the home

Project Partners: The Way Home; Child Health Services; new Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Statewide Asthma Control Program; NH Chapter of American Lung Association; Minority Health Coalition; local hospitals; local healthcare providers; school nurses; and pharmaceutical representatives.

Contact: Dr. Carrie Campbell, 1528 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101 Tel: (603) 624-6466 x-326, Fax: (603) 628-6004, E-Mail: ccampbe1@ci.manchester.nh.us

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New England

The Medical Foundation
Environmental Public Health Approaches to Tackling Asthma in New England
$30,000

The Asthma Regional Council (ARC) brings together leaders from the environmental, education, public health, community development, and housing fields to identify priorities and work towards a reduction in asthma and the effect of the disease on children and families. The ARC will continue in its established role by convening council meetings and producing a newsletter to report on progress in target areas. In addition, the ARC will work to develop a region-wide asthma tracking protocol. In order to analyze asthma prevalence data for New England, and to determine how the disease is influenced by indoor and outdoor air quality, surveillance data must be standardized in all six New England states. Medicaid covers approximately 25% of all children in New England, and is therefore a potentially rich source of asthma care data. The Asthma Regional Council will work with public health departments and Medicaid to facilitate the use of Medicaid records for the purpose of tracking asthma and linking environmental information to asthma surveillance data.

Measures of Success: 2 regional meetings by the Asthma Regional Council, Coordinated workings of 5 committees, regional training sessions, and 2 newsletters.

Project Partners: U.S. DHHS, Region I; CT Department of Public Health, Boston Urban Asthma Coalition

Contact: Laurie Stillman, 622 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Dorchester, MA 02124 Tel: (617) 451-0049 Ext. 504 Fax: (617) 282-3950 E-Mail: Lstillman@tmfnet.org

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island Hospital
Woonsocket Asthma Partnership
$29,993

The Woonsocket Asthma Partnership is an resident education program in the urban area of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The Partnership provides direct asthma education and support to 100 children with asthma and their families. Beyond direct work with families, the project will broaden impact by training the Woonsocket medical community about asthma triggers. By providing communication between families, schools, and medical providers, this project will help to build capacity in Woonsocket to address asthma and environmental triggers.

Measures of Success: Assist children and families to develop the knowledge, motivation, and skills to successfully manage asthma. Increase the capacity of Woonsocket medical community and schools to assist families in managing asthma and avoiding asthma triggers through professional education and "closing the loop" between family, school, and medical offices.

Project Partners: Thundermist Health Center, Woonsocket Education Department

Contacts: Christopher Camillo, Community Asthma Programs, Hasbro Children's Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, POB 435, Providence, RI 02903 Tel: (401) 444-3092 Email: ccamillo@lifespan.org

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The Providence Community Health Center, Inc.
Asthma Disease Management Program
$30,000

The Providence Community Health Center (PCHC) plans to implement the Chronic Care Model (CCM) for asthma through its Asthma and Allergy Clinic (A & A Clinic), which is an inner-city specialty clinic to which PCHC refers its patients with the most difficult to control asthma. In phase two they plan to spread CCM for asthma to the primary care setting. The project will provide the A&A Clinic patients with home visits for education and environmental trigger assessments, Trigger Control Plans, self-management goals setting, referrals for smoking cessation, medication teaching, case management, peak flow monitoring, Asthma Action Plans, and phone calls to monitor medication adherence and compliance with appointments.

Measures of Success: Reduction of asthma triggers, including environmental tobacco smoke, and promotion of healthy indoor environments through in-home environmental assessments and resident education.

Project Partners: Providence Community HealthCorps (AmeriCorps), Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

Contact: Mary Jean Francis, The Providence Community Health Center, 375 Allens Avenue, Providence, RI 02905 Tel: (401) 444-0411 x3128 Fax: (401) 444-0594 Email: mjfrancis@providencechc.org

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Childhood Lead Action Project
Rhode Island Lead Collaborative's Lead Act Implementation Initiative
$30,000

The Lead Act Implementation Initiative will coordinate, evaluate, and provide general oversight for the statewide effort to implement the education strategy mandated under the Lead Hazard Mitigation Act of 2002. During this second year, the project will work to ensure Rhode Island's foster parents, adoptive parents, and daycare providers maintain lead-safe homes and receive lead education from DCYF; ensure lead education is integrated into mandatory trainings for daycare providers; establish a funding source to develop public service announcements on the lead issue; ensure all local building officials take the 8-hour Renovator/Remodeler course and cite for lead during inspections; and implement the requirement that all registered contractors complete the 8-hour Renovator/remodeler course. This is a statewide strategy but will focus on prevention efforts for children of families living in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket, which are the urban communities hardest hit by lead poisoning in Rhode Island.

Measures of Success: Increased access to lead information for at-risk populations in Rhode Island.

Project Partner: Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission

Contact: Roberta Hazen Aaronson, 421 Elmood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 Tel: (401) 785-1310 Fax: (401) 941-8156 E-Mail: executivedirector@leadsafekids.org

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Vermont

University of Vermont and State Agricultural College
Water Quality Monitoring and Education Curriculum
$27,318

Surface waters in Burlington, Vermont are all impaired by stormwater or runoff associated bacteria. Education is key to reducing urban non-point source pollution, but Burlington, the largest urban area in the state, has no urban watershed education programs in public schools. The purpose of this project is to develop a water quality education program and pilot test the program in a Burlington middle school. The curriculum will include student monitoring of water quality indicators in a developed urban watershed under the supervision of university interns. The students will monitor nutrients, optical brighteners, macroinvertebrates and E. coli, verify the data in a University water quality laboratory, and use their results to develop community outreach on the issue of non-point source pollution.

Measures of Success: Increased water quality literacy among middle school students; adoption of a middle school urban streams curriculum; increased knowledge and the extent and causes of pollution and; change in practices by residents to reduce domestic non-point source pollution.

Project Partners: University of Vermont Extension Watershed Alliance, Edmunds Middle School, and Lake Champlain Sea Grant

Contact: Caitrin Noel, Jurij Homziak, 655 A Spear Street, University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, VT 05405 Tel: (802) 656-0682 Fax: (802) 656-8683 E-Mail: Caitrin.Noel@uvm.edu, Jurij.Homziak@uvm.edu

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State of Vermont, Department of Health
Vermont Healthy Schools - Tools for Schools
$30,000

The Vermont Department of Health works with school districts to address issues of indoor and outdoor air quality. To date, over 100 school teams have been trained in the use of Tools for Schools and the ENVISION program. Through this project, 60 more school teams will be trained. In addition 5 grants will be awarded to support school efforts to write environmental health plans and policies, award 3 school grants to act as Tools for Schools Mentors, and award 10 schools the Certificate of Achievement for progress with indoor air.

Measures of Success: Conduct Tools for Schools/ENVISION training for 60 school teams, administer grants to 5 newly trained schools, identify and fund 3 Tools for Schools Mentors, and identify and award 10 new schools for "Certificate of Achievement for Environmental Health in Schools".

Project Partners: VT Department of Education, Department of Buildings & General Services, Inform Inc.'s Cleaning for Health, VT Superintendents Association, VT Principals' Association, and VT Child Health Improvement Project

Contact: Sheri Lynn, 108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70, Burlington, VT 0540 Tel: (802) 865-7762 Fax: (802) 863-7483 E-Mail: Slynn@vdh.state.vt.us

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Vermont Forum on Sprawl
Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids
$30,000

Current development patterns including unwalkable neighborhoods and auto-only road designs contribute to more Vermont children suffering from obesity and diseases such as asthma and diabetes. The Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids(HNHK) project is an expansion of last year's success from the Champlain School to the Lawrence Barnes School. Currently, over ninety Champlain School children are participating in the program and will help implement a peer exchange program at the Barnes School, one of the lowest income and culturally diverse populations in Burlington. Students at the Barnes School along with parents and other community members will create a "neighborhood report card" to evaluate their neighborhood design as well as personal habits in terms of health. The report card will include criteria such as traffic planning, green space, public transportation options, and time spent being physically active. Students will present the findings of the evaluation to local officials and community groups and propose changes they would like to see implemented in order to improve their neighborhood's health.

Measures of Success: Number of participants from the Barnes School. Number of people attending outreach and training events. Development of the Neighborhood Report Card.

Project Partners: Shelburne Farms Sustainable School Program, Vermont Department of Health, Burlington Legacy Project, Burlington Electric Department

Contact: Barry Lampke, Vermont Forum on Sprawl, 110 Main Street, Burlington, VT, 05401. Tel: (802) 864-6310 Email: info@vtsprawl.org

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