Rhode Island Department of Health/State Attorney General Partnership

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the State Attorney General (AG), office of the lead advocate has a longstanding partnership to bring the most difficult lead poisoning cases into compliance with the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act (RIGL 23-24.6). Owners of properties with children poisoned from exposure to lead hazards are referred to the […]



HUD & EPA Region 1 Webinar Series on Federal Lead-based Paint Rules |  July 20-22, 2021

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 1 are pleased to announce an online training series July 20-22, 2021 on Lead-based Paint Rules to raise awareness and understanding of lead-based paint rules and regulations, including: The Lead Disclosure Rule; Lead-based Paint Activities Rule; Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule; and Lead-Safe Housing Rule. This information is […]



Rhode Island Environmental Lead Program Updates

The Rhode Island Environmental Lead Program’s work with Public Health Scholars has been on pause due to staff being diverted to the COVID-19 response. However, the Rhode Island Department of Health is increasing lead hazard awareness by partnering with Brown University; coauthoring research that has been submitted for publication in RI’s Medical Journal and collaborating […]



EPA/DOJ Settlement on Alleged Non-Compliance with EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule

The Rhode Island Environmental Lead Program is sharing information about the settlement of an EPA/DOJ federal judicial case that was filed in federal court on December 17, 2020. The case settlement is the result of a nationwide EPA investigation into alleged non-compliance with the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, as well as some […]



Childhood Lead Action Project in Rhode Island

Founded in 1992 by parents, medical professionals, and social justice activists, the Childhood Lead Action Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through parent support, community-based education, and grassroots advocacy. The Childhood Lead Action Project’s activities for Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and Children’s Health Month include: Multilingual lead […]



EPA Announces 12 Healthy Communities Grants Awarded Across Four New England States

EPA announces 12 Healthy Communities Grants awarded across four New England states totaling $372,286. Funding will support the following lead-related projects: The Centro de Apoyo Familiar project in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Childhood Lead Action Project in New Hampshire, and the Clean Water Fund in Connecticut. EPA New England’s Healthy Communities Grant Program combines resources […]



Rhode Island Housing

RIHousing LeadSafe Homes Program – The LeadSafe Homes Program provides assistance to remediate lead-paint based hazards inside and outside of the home. In most instances, this assistance is free, and is available to both single and multi-family properties statewide. More information on the program can be found at leadsafehomesri.com [leadsafehomesri.com], and applicants can apply online […]



RI Environmental Lead Program June 2020

As of October 1, 2019, the lead hazard mitigation program has been assimilated into the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) Lead Based Paint Program. This is a lead safety initiative to create one comprehensive, compliance driven integrated Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. (This program was previously housed in the Housing Resources Commission (HRC) which had […]



Woonsocket High School (RI) RRP Trainings

Woonsocket High School teacher, Charlie Meyers, was selected as the 2016 Rhode Island Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year. Charlie learned at a conference that Woonsocket had one of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning and wanted to help change that by bringing the Renovation, Repair, and Training (RRP) curriculum into the […]



Happy National Public Health Week!

Today is the first day of National Public Health Week! Each year, public health professionals around the country use this week to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. Today’s theme is Healthy Communities. People’s health, longevity and well-being are connected to their communities — […]