Updates from Lead Free MS
June 3 | 2022
June is National Healthy Homes Month!
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has resources for education and engagement, a calendar of events and other details.
Lead Free MS is hosting a webinar on June 29th, Healthy Homes Training for Property Managers. Details and Registration
May 4 | 2022
May is a month of recognition for many topics related to home health and safety. Please check out some related resources for each campaign!
Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 1st - 7th is Hurricane Preparedness Week. The official start of Hurricane Season is June 1 – November 30. The North Atlantic Hurricane Season is predicted to be above-average with 16-20 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes (Category 3 – Category 5). Learn more about risk and preparation from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month: Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in recognizing Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It is a peak season for people with asthma and allergies and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers, and others about these diseases. Learn More
Additionally, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Maryland Department of Health, GBAA and partners invite you to join the 2022 Maryland Asthma Summit May 11th-12th. This virtual event is designed to bring together stakeholders within the State of Maryland in asthma care and management to discuss and learn about best practices, innovative research and interventions, and related policies. The Summit is also a space for open dialogue in the effort to form and sustain partnerships to address the burden of asthma and asthma disparities. Register for Day 1 and Register for Day 2
March 22 | 2022
Lead Policy Updates
The Lead Free MS Coalition has recently been engaged on multiple lead policy development and outreach efforts. Here are the latest updates to share:
Updated RRP Rule: Recently the EPA announced updated regulations and requirements for property managers of properties undergoing lead based paint renovations and repairs. On March 21, 2022 they will proceed with the withdrawal of previously published answers to FAQs concerning property management companies and their compliance responsibilities under the Toxic Substances Control Act and Lead Renovation, Repair, and Paint Rule. Read More
Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities: Lead Free MS submitted comments on this draft strategy written by the Environmental Protection Agency to amplify needs from communities affected by lead contamination throughout the state. Review Comments Here
Lead Free MS and Green & Healthy Homes Initiative are continuing to track how local government jurisdictions are applying American Rescue Plan Act Funds funds to reduce health disparities, address social determinants of health, and improve housing and neighborhood conditions in areas hardest hit by COVID-19. View the GHHI webinar on this topic to hear from community leaders who are administering ARPA funds for heathy housing and related programs
February 17 | 2022
On Thursday February 24th the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a Virtual Public Listening Session for EPA Region 4 to collect input on the Draft Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities. The draft Lead Strategy lays out approaches to strengthen public health protections, address legacy lead contamination for communities with the greatest exposures and promote environmental justice. We encourage all individuals and organizations engaged in Lead Free MS to join this session and work with us to submit written comments to EPA by March 16, 2022.
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