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RFPs Requested to Eliminate Child Lead Exposure
Michigan Ag Connection - 02/13/2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), on behalf of Michigan's Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission (CLEEC), released a Request for Proposal to select up to 10 projects to eliminate child lead exposure.

One-time grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to the elimination of child lead exposure and have the potential for replication throughout the state.

The CLEEC was established in 2017 to coordinate all efforts for the elimination of child lead exposure statewide, including the implementation of recommendations from the report A Roadmap to Eliminating Child Lead Exposure issued by the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board in November 2016. The commission prioritized the recommendations to develop a five-year Action Plan, grouping the objectives into six categories: regulations/laws, funding, testing, data, partnerships and education.

"I'm pleased that efforts are moving forward to protect our children and prevent lead exposure from ever occurring," said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. "Taking a proactive approach will go a long way in eliminating lead hazards before they impact our children and I thank the commission for their continued commitment to this important work."

The CLEEC is co-chaired by Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

"I want to thank the commission members who worked long and hard to review and prioritize the recommendations into an Action Plan," Wells said. "This document is the state's guide to a lead-free Michigan and I look forward to seeing the results it brings to fruition."

Projects funded by the RFP are expected to address the prioritized recommendations, be based on science and best practices and show demonstrable results within one year. Grant funds are for new projects and not available to continue or sustain current programs.

Applicants may be local health departments, non-profit organizations, universities or other entities. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

The RFP is posted on the State of Michigan procurement website. Interested applicants must submit their applications through the website by March 8. The deadline for applicants to submit questions on the RFP is Feb. 15.

For more information about CLEEC and the Action Plan, visit Michigan.gov/leadcommission.

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