EPA Announces National Training Program for Community Lead Awareness

Yesterday, EPA announced that throughout 2023 it will host educational sessions in several communities that are especially vulnerable to lead exposure. These sessions are based on EPA’s Lead Awareness Curriculum, an adaptable resource to protect communities from potential lead exposure, and will be available in English and Spanish. EPA will work with community partners to host two types of sessions:

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    1. “Understanding Lead” sessions for community members: EPA invites members of the general public to learn about lead, its impacts, actions to reduce and prevent lead exposure and the importance of testing children’s blood lead levels. Parents, grandparents, community leaders, Tribal leaders, child care workers, healthcare providers, youth (ages 12 and up) and anyone else interested in learning more about lead are invited to attend.
    2. “Train-the-Trainer” sessions for community leaders: These sessions equip community leaders — with or without prior knowledge about lead — to educate their communities about lead and preventing lead exposure using the Lead Awareness Curriculum.

A full list of upcoming sessions, including instructions for registering, are available on EPA’s website.

The sessions will supplement EPA’s local lead training and outreach initiative, which has been implemented in 22 communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico in 2021 and 2022. Through its training and outreach initiative in 2021 and 2022, EPA helped 512 contractors obtain lead-safe certification and educated 871 participants nationwide about lead and how to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from lead exposure.

Learn more about EPA’s upcoming community lead awareness sessions.