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November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

The Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) is a leader in their mission to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the Omaha community. It is clear from the outset that OHKA focuses on doing what is best for the children. OHKA is directed by innovative, strong leaders with stellar integrity and character. I have worked with OHKA over the past year and witnessed firsthand the positive impacts they have made on the community. OHKA has successfully developed a Get the Lead Out program, through which they leveraged $203,000 in private funding to conduct 73 risk assessments and make lead-safe improvements in 46 homes. OHKA has written a children’s book for distribution in public schools to educate youth on lead hazards and developed a tenant and resident education video on lead. OHKA believes in and practices collaboration with other community organizations in order to reach the common goal of creating healthier home environments for children. OHKA is currently working on developing an innovative healthy homes program to address issues, such as: radon, mold, pests, asbestos, weatherization, etc. in addition to their focus on lead hazards. OHKA is a determined, grass-roots organization that works to provide lead hazard awareness and lead poisoning prevention to all members of the community.

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the positive impacts OHKA has on the Omaha community, with a focus on underserved populations. OHKA has made lead-safe improvements in 46 homes for only $15,000. OHKA has educated countless families on lead poisoning issues; written a children’s book; created educational lead hazard videos for tenants and residents; provided Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) training courses; and continuously offers assistance to individuals that may not qualify for other lead hazard assistance programs.

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provide additional funding, resources, and political (and organizational) support for OHKA in order to increase the staff capacity and positive community impact.

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