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19 Organizations Receive Grants to Address Environmental Health Threats to Older Persons

Release Date: 02/23/2005
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Contact: Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873 /

(02/23/05) Nineteen organizations will share $492,180 in EPA Aging Initiative grants to better understand how to reduce the environmental health hazards associated with older persons. The 19 award recipients include state and local health and environmental offices, regional councils of governments, universities and community colleges, a community foundation and non-profit organizations that deal with aging. Each recipient will receive between $18,900 and $25,000 over a one-year period. These first-ever grants will help educate older adults about environmental health issues; train older adults to be environmental stewards in their communities; foster intergenerational projects that address environmental risks; and enhance environmental health and quality of life through strategies targeting improved air and water quality. These grants are part of EPA's larger effort to protect the health of older adults, who may be more susceptible to environmental hazards, through its Aging Initiative. The Aging Initiative encourages civic engagement to recognize and reduce environmental hazards in their communities. A complete list of the awardees and more information about the Aging Initiative is available at: .