2017 Healthy Communities Grant Program
The 2017 Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England's main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that:
- Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas needing to create community resilience, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban/rural residents, and others at increased risk)].
- Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
- Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
- Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
- Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience.
- Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.
Town of Stratford
"Improving Home Air Quality for Asthmatic Children in Stratford and Bridgeport, CT"
Summary: Town of Stratford, CT was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "Improving Home Air Quality for Asthmatic Children in Stratford and Bridgeport, CT". This project seeks to improve respiratory health outcomes of children with a history of uncontrolled asthma by intensifying asthma reduction interventions to identify and mitigate indoor air triggers in their homes as well as by improving indoor home environments through more intensive family and community efforts. Key project activities include conducting home visits, working closely with property owners of homes in targeted communities to implement mitigation efforts for environmental triggers, and assisting in implementation of trigger mitigation plans by providing supplies. Project partners include Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services, Connecticut Hospital Association, Housatonic Community College, Optimus HealthCare, Inc., Southwest Community Health Center, Inc., Southwestern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Western Connecticut State University
"Spray Safe, Play Safe: Promoting Integrated Tick Management"
Summary: Western Connecticut State University was awarded $25,000for their project titled "Spray Safe, Play Safe: Promoting Integrated Tick Management". The project seeks to reduce exposure to pesticides in the outdoor environment. Key activities includes providing an education and outreach campaign targeted to residents across Ridgefield, CT and its surrounding communities which will provide accurate and easy-to-understand information about integrated tick management. Western Connecticut State University will be partnering with the Ridge wood (CT) Health Department for this project.
Central Maine Community Health Corporation
"Expanding Innovative Healthy Homes Education"
Summary: Central Maine Community Health Corporation was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "Expanding Innovative Healthy Homes Education". The project seeks to expand class offerings to include education on environmental health hazards in the home as well as create curricula that are culturally appropriate for their diversified immigrant and refugee populations. Key project activities includes creating a new curriculum on air quality and asthma triggers in indoor environments and providing the education to target populations. Project partners include Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Indoor Air Council, Maine Medical Center, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships.
Massachusetts Coalition of Occupational Safety and Health
Summary: Massachusetts Coalition of Occupational Health and Safety was award $25,000 for their project titled "APPLES". This project seeks to enhance the capacity of schools and community partners to address environmental health inequities in Boston and Brockton schools. Key project activities include engaging the youth through peer led environmental health workshops and promoting model wellness policies and best practices for asthma friendly schools statewide through the new Massachusetts Asthma Advocacy Partnership on-line resource tool. Project partners include Boston Public Schools (BPS) Health and Wellness, Boston Teachers Union (BTU)Boston Public Health Commission, Health Resources in Action (HRIA), Youth on Board, Brockton High School Science Club, Old Colony Y-Youth Branch and Boston Healthy School Taskforce (BHST).
Center for Eco Technology
"North Berkshire Healthy Homes Initiative"
Summary: Center for EcoTechnology was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "North Berkshire Healthy Homes Initiative". This project seeks to reduce residents' exposure to health risks by empowering them to identify and address healthy home issues. Key project activities include providing education and outreach through Berkshire Health Systems to vulnerable individuals and then a subset will receive in-home assessments and support services to ultimately reduce respiratory illness triggers. Project partners include Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Community Action Council and E4TheFuture.
Health Resources in Action
"Building New England Knowledge and Capacity for Action"
Summary: Health Resources in Action was awarded for their project titled "Building New England Knowledge and Capacity for Action". This project seeks to build the capacity in individual states to address the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable populations. Key activities include showcasing innovative tools, practices and/or projects from both within New England and other parts of the country. A regional capacity-building summit will also be convened to focus on asthma and impacts from extreme weather events. Project partners include the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, Vermont Energy and Investment Corporation, Vermont Department of Health, State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Rhode Island Department of Public Health.
Consensus Building Institute
"Engaging Your Community in Stormwater Funding"
Summary: Consensus Building Institute was awarded $22,919 for their project titled "Engaging Your Community in Stormwater Funding". This project seeks to address the environmental and public health problems that arise from insufficient stormwater management due to aging infrastructure systems resulting in frequent failures that lead to flooding, pollution, and high-cost emergency repairs. Key project activities include engaging the community to design and implement a public engagement strategy to promote the program and provide trainings to the community and stakeholders. The Consensus Building Institute will be partnered with EPA for this project.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
"Preserving Our Homelands"
Summary: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "Preserving Our Homelands". This project seeks to address environmental problems impacting the tribal community such as poor water quality in local surface waters and estuaries, lead exposure, hazardous algal blooms, sea-level rise- coastal erosion and the loss of culturally significant plants. Key project activities will include hosting an Environmental Science camp for tribal youth that will address local, regional, and global environmental challenges. There will be a special emphasis on a curriculum that will focus on 1) the dangers of lead, 2) where lead can be found in and around homes, 3) practices in and around homes to keep safe from lead, and 4) healthy foods that can be consumed to decrease lead absorption by the body. Project partners include EPA, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Geological Survey (USGS), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Waquoit Bay National Estuary Research Reserve (WBNERR), Mass Department of Fish and Game (MDFG), Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Tribal elders and Culture Keepers.
Product Stewardship Institute
"SaferStore Campaign: Reducing Toxics Exposure in Retail Grocery Stores"
Summary: Product Stewardship Institute has been awarded $25,000 for their project titled "SaferStore Campaign: Reducing Toxics Exposure in Retail Grocery Stores". This project seeks to reduce the amount of hazardous waste inadvertently sent to landfills or waste-to-energy facilities, and mitigate the risk of hazardous materials being released into the environment during a flood. This project seeks to address environmental justice concerns in the communities of Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell and New Bedford by reducing toxics use and exposure in participating retail grocery stores through outreach and education, training, and toxic source reduction initiatives. Key project activities include conducting outreach and education initiatives, paired with targeted training and pilot programs which will help New England grocery stores effectively manage and reduce hazardous and toxic materials, and enhance compliance, reduce costs, protect worker health and safety, and minimize environmental impacts. Key Partners include UL information and Insights Inc., WERCSmart, The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) and the Massachusetts Food Association (MFA)
City of Nashua
"Hazard Identification, Infrastructure, Resilience and Planning Project"
Summary: The City of Nahua was awarded $23,000 for their project titled "Hazard Identification, Infrastructure, Resilience and Planning Project". This project seeks to improve municipal assistance during the recovery from floods that has impact vulnerable populations. Key project activities include conducting vulnerability assessments, creating and developing a resiliency plan, coordinating and conducting workshops, and launching a public educational campaign. Project partners include the State of New Hampshire Department of Safety, State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Nashua Environmental and Energy Committee, City of Manchester Fire Department, Pennichuck Water Works.
Childhood Lead Action Project, Inc.
"Lead-Safe Housing Initiative"
Summary: Childhood Lead Action Project, Inc. was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "Lead-Safe Housing Initiative". This project seeks to reduce the incidence of childhood lead poisoning in Providence, RI by expanding access to lead-safe rental housing, broadening awareness of the legal protections and resources for parents, and promoting lead-safe work practices for those providing home renovation and repair services. Key project activities include developing and coordinating an Immigrant and Refugee Lead Safety Stakeholder Committee, providing tenant rights education, and training contractors on lead-safe work practices. Project partners include Rhode Island College School of Nursing (RIC SON), Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) and the Refugee Dream Center.
Center for ECOTechnology
"Providence County Food Recovery"
Summary: The Center for ECOTechnology was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "Providence County Food Recovery". The project seeks to reduce the quantity of food waste entering the municipal solid waste stream by working with target wasted food generators including K-12 public and private schools, event venues, healthcare facilities, colleges/universities, hospitality facilities, and food rescue and donation organizations in Providence County. Key project activities include conducting diversion programs with target generators with the goal of ncreasing the quantity of donated food available and distributed to those in need. Project partners include Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), Rhode Island Community Food Bank (RICFB), Rhode Island Food Policy Council and The Compost Plant.
Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District
"Reducing Toxics Use Among Sensitive Populations"
Summary: The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District was awarded $25,000 for their project titled "Reducing Toxics Use Among Sensitive Populations". This project seeks to educate staff of institutions through trainings about the safe use and disposal of toxic commercial cleaning products and art supplies with the additional goal of replacing them with non-toxic products. Key project activities include creating a non-toxic guide book with focusing on recipes for non-toxic cleaners, management protocols, and commercial non-toxic alternatives. Workshops will be hosted at senior, family and childcare centers and technical assistance will also be provided to the centers. Project partners include The Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA), The Toxics Action Center (TAC), Bunny Steps Daycare, Turtle Island Daycare, Barre Area Senior Center, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Twin Valley Senior Center, Hardwick Senior Center, Lamoille Family Center, and Orange County Parent Child Center.