* On Monday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will call for restored funding to a critical federal program which helps cities and homeowners eliminate deadly lead-based paint. During a news conference in Cleveland, Brown will be joined by a northeast Ohio mother whose family lived in a home with such high levels of lead dust that her 3-year-old son was hospitalized and doctors would not allow him to return to the family’s home.
According to reports from the Plain Dealer, more than 187,000 homes in Cuyahoga County are at risk of having elevated lead poisoning levels due to their year of construction and the likely presence of lead-based paint. Of that total, only 4,300 homes since 1993 have utilized federal funds to reduce lead hazards in homes after a child has received a positive lead test.
* The Health Resources and Services Administration announced that six new Ohio health centers will receive $417,958 in awards for outreach and enrollment assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. These funds will support health centers’ work in raising awareness of affordable insurance options and providing eligibility and enrollment assistance to uninsured residents in their communities. Open enrollment in the Marketplace began on November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016.
Ohio health centers that will receive awards include –
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTHCARE INC, Dover, OH
COMPASS COMMUNITY HEALTH, Portsmouth, OH
ERIE, COUNTY OF, Sandusky, OH
FAMILY HEALTH CARE OF NORTHWEST OHIO, INC, Van Wert, OH
FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES OF ERIE COUNTY, Sandusky, OH
LUCAS, COUNTY OF, Toledo, OH
* Annabel Khouri, a regional Peace Corps representative for northern Ohio who served in Kenya from 1996-1998, will be sharing her experiences with students and the public at The University of Findlay Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Malcolm Dining Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Khouri’s presentation is part of the University’s International Education Week activities. She speaks about her Peace Corps involvement at events throughout the region to encourage others to find ways to make a difference through service.