The Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance came out of an intense collaboration among many organizations active in childhood lead poisoning prevention. Since 2005, OHKA with its community partners has completed a community strategic planning process; established a community lead information hotline; created and implemented a social marketing campaign that included a television commercial conveying positive messages in both English and Spanish; sponsored a nationally recognized speaker to train Omaha medical providers; provided information about lead paint safety to painters and contractors and more; and organized the first healthy homes conference in Omaha. OHKA has secured new resources from EPA , US Conference of Mayors, AmeriCorps, ClearCorps, HUD and local donations and discounts for services and materials to create the Get the Lead Out program to assist property owners to make homes lead-safe.
OHKA (Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance) is a non profit organization created to provide leadership to reduce lead poisoning in children in the Omaha NE metro area. The organization has been a key partner in creating and leading a coaliation to education families in methods to eliminate lead risks for their children. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension has collaborated with OHKA in these efforts. As an educator with UNL, I have found the OHKA staff to be excellent partners.