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Governor Hogan Announces Multi-Agency Efforts to Reduce Lead Poisoning, Asthma Cases

June 29th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved an application by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to launch a $7.2 million initiative to reduce lead poisoning and improve asthma, two conditions related to environmental conditions in housing. The department, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, will implement the initiative.


“This funding is a major step forward in our efforts to prevent these health problems and provide a healthy and safe environment for all Marylanders," said Governor Hogan. “This funding is a major step in preventing these health problems and providing a healthy and safe environment for our most vulnerable citizens.” 


“We know that housing conditions can severely affect a child’s health, and this program would enable us to get to the root of the problems for many children,” said Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dennis Schrader. “It would go beyond merely treating a child with asthma or lead poisoning – it would seek to prevent exposures to the triggers, causes and social determinants of these conditions, which is the best means of preventing the lifelong impacts of these diseases.” 


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