Lead Poisoning Prevention

Since 2008, Greater Rochester Health Foundation has supported lead poisoning prevention efforts in Monroe County and has invested more than $2.9 million toward reducing the threats of lead paint to children in the city of Rochester.

Former Grantees

Action for a Better Community (ABC) was awarded two grants totaling over $520,000 to support a Lead Resource Center to help families and property owners assess the lead risk in their homes and apply for funding to reduce lead hazards. ABC was able to secure an additional $50,000 from the city of Rochester for this initiative.

Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, a project of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, was awarded two grants totaling $200,000 for a neighborhood lead education and awareness campaign.

Center for Governmental Research was awarded $108,467 to evaluate the City of Rochester’s “Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention” law two years post-adoption.

City of Rochester’s Neighborhood and Business Development was awarded $1.5 million in 2008 and an additional $577,000 in 2012 to fund the Lead Safe Homes Program. Lead Safe Homes provides grants to property owners in select, high-risk areas in the city for repairs needed to reduce lead paint hazards in their homes. The city was able to secure an additional $1,500,000 in matching funds from New York State.

NeighborWorks Rochester received $25,995 to purchase new lead paint detection equipment for their lead remediation project.


Other Prevention Grants

Prevention grants that are not part of the Childhood Healthy Weight initiative or Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention are awarded annually through our Opportunity Grant funding cycle.

Current Prevention Grants

The University of Rochester’s Center for Community Health received $322,972 between 2015 and 2018 to fund Healthy Living for Families: Improving Family Well-Being through Nutrition, Education and Physical Activity, which will combine physical activity and nutrition education on-site at public housing facilities.

Lifespan of Greater Rochester, in partnership with URMC’s Center for Primary Care, was awarded up to $595,000 for a three-year program beginning in 2013 to reduce the number of falls in older adults by 10 percent over the life of the grant. The program includes risk-related interventions, including medication review, the nationally tested program A Matter of Balance, and home modification.

Former Prevention Grantees

Center for Community Health, within the University of Rochester Medical Center, was granted $471,596 between 2011 and 2013 for a three-year Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in 11 primary care settings.

Friends of the Public Market received $100,000 between 2010 and 2012 to develop a business plan for the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Market Token Program, so that families could exchange food stamps for tokens to purchase healthful food at the Rochester Public Market.

Girls United, a program of Metro Council for Teen Potential, was awarded $96,246 between 2008 and 2010 to address teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in girls in the Rochester City School District.

Ibero-American Action League, Inc., PRYD Youth Division was awarded up to $582,934 beginning in 2011 for a three-year project to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy in 7th-12th grade students. Partners in the program, Providing Accessible Sexuality Education & Outreach Services (PASEOS), include the Rochester City School District, MetroCouncil for Teen Potential, the Children’s Institute, and Franklin, Monroe, Edison, East, and Jefferson High Schools.

Lake Plains Community Care Network received $330,000 between 2008 and 2011 for a Geographic Information System to document and monitor well and sewage systems to improve water safety.

Metro Council for Teen Potential Positive Results for Youth was awarded $102,821 between 2007 and 2009 to support local youth organizations to engage adolescents in effective teen pregnancy prevention programs. Project partners were the City Department of Recreation and Youth Services, Rochester City School District, Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC), Liberty Partnerships, Compeer, Charles Settlement House, Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region, and Puerto Rican Youth Development.

The Children’s Agenda received $41,216 between 2008 and 2009 to support leadership, advocacy and planning to prevent child abuse, mental illness, violence, substance abuse and repeat teen pregnancy for its program Preventing Poor Health Outcomes for Rochester’s Most Vulnerable Children.

S2AY Rural Health Network, Ontario, Yates, and Seneca public health departments, received $515,433 between 2008 and 2010 to help employers encourage their workforces to make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

United Way of Greater Rochester received a one-time gift of $178,088 in 2009 to distribute to its health-related grantees to make up for a short fall in the annual campaign so that patients could continue to receive needed health care.

YMCA of Greater Rochester was awarded up to $354,000 beginning in 2012 for a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that is based on research by the National DPP, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. The Y’s successful pilot program will be implemented over a three-year time frame at 11 branches to serve 540 people to reduce the number of people with pre-diabetes that converts to diabetes.

YMCA of Greater Rochester received a three-year grant of up to $600,000 beginning in 2011 to expand and simplify its financial assistance program to be more culturally sensitive and to develop preventive and chronic disease-specific programming.