New York State Primary Prevention Initiative

Project Funder: New York State Department of Health

Project Partners: Health departments for Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Ulster, and Westchester counties, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Project Contact: Rebecca Morley,, 443.539.4159

Project Description: In 2007, New York State began an innovative $3 million pilot program to curtail childhood lead poisoning dramatically in the state. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program authorizes health departments to gain access to high-risk homes for the purposes of education and inspection. Previously, health departments were only able to gain entry to a home if a child with an elevated blood lead level resided there. The new approach enabled a more proactive and effective approach. In 2009, based on the promising results of the pilot, the Primary Prevention Program was made permanent. The Primary Prevention Program is currently a $10 million initiative working with 15 local health departments whose counties account for 80 percent of children under age six years with newly identified BLLs of 10 µg/dL and above. NCHH provides ongoing technical assistance and evaluation support to the New York State Department of Health and to Primary Prevention grantees.

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