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News ReleasesLead Poisoning Prevention Program at Montefiore Named One of Three Regional Resource Centers
Receives $1 million, Five-year Grant, from New York State Department of Health
Model Protocol to Identify Contamination before Child Becomes Lead Poisoned
New York City, NY - (February 7, 2008) -- The Lead Poisoning Treatment and Prevention Program at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has been named one of three State Regional Resource Centers to work with the state to provide regional healthcare delivery for children and pregnant women with elevated blood lead levels.
It will serve as the only center in the Greater New York City Metropolitan Area and surrounding "downstate" counties. The other two Resource Centers are located in Buffalo and Syracuse.
In addition, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has awarded the program a $1 million, five-year grant to help fund the lead poisoning prevention program.
"This new grant will strengthen and substantially extend our clinical and community outreach efforts in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood lead poisoning," said John Rosen, MD, Lead Program Director. "We are particularly pleased that the NYSDOH has shown confidence in what we are accomplishing by continuing our funding, with this new initiative, for another five years."
"This funding will allow us to implement a new dust wipe protocol in high incidence targeted geographical areas where we can identify contaminated homes before a child becomes lead poisoned," Dr. Rosen said. "We plan to demonstrate the effectiveness of this primary prevention approach and replicate it throughout the state."
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