PRESS RELEASE: THE COALITION TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING CREATES NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR ROLE TO INCREASE ITS CAPACITY AND IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY

April 24, 2024

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Clare Henrie: (585) 224-3125
director@theleadcoalition.org

THE COALITION TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING CREATES NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR ROLE TO INCREASE ITS CAPACITY AND IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – After several years as an all-volunteer run organization, the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning (CPLP) is happy to announce that with new funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they have been able to hire a full time Program Director: Clare Henrie.

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning began in 2000 and has been advocating for the prevention of childhood lead poisoning ever since. The Coalition was the driving force behind the 2005 passage of Rochester’s groundbreaking “Lead Law” which is an ordinance requiring all rental housing in the City to have a lead hazard assessment as part of the Certificate of Occupancy process. During the early 2000s, childhood lead poisoning rates in Monroe County decreased 2.4 times faster than any other county in New York State. Building on these past successes, CPLP continues to educate our community on lead hazards and advocates for systemic change to prevent lead poisoning.   

“The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning Executive Committee are thrilled that this new grant from the CDC allowed us to hire someone as committed to preventing childhood lead poisoning as Clare Henrie. Clare is a native Rochesterian and brings vast experience in policy change and advocacy,” said Mel Callan, CPLP Co-chair. “We look forward to continuing CPLP’s critical work of education and outreach to reduce lead poisoning in our community – and Clare is just the kind of compassionate and thoughtful individual to carry that evidence-based message. Welcome, Clare!”

“I am both honored and excited to have been given this chance to strengthen and elevate the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning,” said Clare Henrie. “Tremendous strides have been made to dramatically reduce childhood lead poisoning in our community during the past 24 years, but there is still work to be done. I am looking forward to collaborating with the Coalition’s membership and working towards a shared vision of a community where childhood lead poisoning is truly history.” 

In a continuation of its long-standing, collaborative relationship with CPLP, Causewave Community Partners is both housing and providing operations support for the new Program Director. Last year Causewave, on behalf of the Coalition, was one of only 11 organizations in the country to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new opportunity: Supporting Communities to Reduce Lead Poisoning. Clare’s work for the CPLP will be fully funded by this three year award.

To learn more about the Coalition and its work visit: www.theleadcoalition.org.

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning (CPLP) is an education and advocacy organization dedicated to preventing childhood lead poisoning. CPLP seeks to improve the quality of life by reducing the number of children who are exposed to lead in Monroe County and by supporting preventative efforts in other communities.