Grants Target Risks to Pregnant Women

Five states and non-profit organizations in Ohio, Michigan, Oregon, Florida, and Texas recently received more than $500,000 in federal grants to educate health-care providers and women of child-bearing age on environmental health risks.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants will focus on environmental health issues that include exposure to mercury, lead, environmental tobacco smoke, chemicals, pesticides, drinking water contaminants, and indoor and outdoor air contaminants.

"We're giving pregnant women information on how to avoid exposure to certain environmental hazards to give children a healthy start to life," said Dona Deleon, acting director, Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education. "These grants help the public health community reach women during this important time in their lives."

The grants are projected to reach approximately 3,000 health care providers and 10,000 women of child-bearing age.

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