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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 15, 2004

Health Department recipient of $20,000 award for lead-safety efforts

The Health Department will expand its Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program with the assistance of a $20,000 award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and DuPont. The Health Department competed against 56 applicants and earned third place.

"I'd like to congratulate Dr. Archer and the Health Department on receiving this prestigious award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” Mayor Kay Barnes said. “This grant will help the Health Department in its ongoing efforts to make Kansas City a safe place to live and work."

The expansion will help support and encourage contractors to bid lead hazard control jobs by subsidizing insurance costs for contractors and developing an incentive program for contractors. The Health Department also will leverage grant funds with other sources of revenue as part of a four-year strategic plan.

"Contractors, through our Lead Program, are playing an essential role in providing a lead-free environment for Kansas City's children. This award will help us continue the good work that these contractors are doing; work that plays an essential role in the growth and development of our children," said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department.

The other the inaugural winners of the U.S. Conference of Mayors-DuPont Spotlight on Excellence Awards Competition are the City of Phoenix, Ariz. (first place), and the City of Providence, R.I. (second place). The USCM-DuPont Spotlight on Excellence Awards will award $500,000 throughout 2004, and were created to highlight outstanding strategies to make cities lead-safe. The awards were announced Jan. 12.

    
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