UMKC receives $700K grant for health hazards study



The UMKC School of Medicine has been presented with a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a study on intervention of residential health hazards. The school is conducting the study in partnership with the KC Health Department and Children’s Mercy.

HUD Great Plains Regional Administrator Jason Mohr joined Steve Simon, Ph.D., Biomedical & Health Informatics, UMKC School of Medicine and other UMKC officials for a virtual ceremony last week presenting $699,997 the UMKC School of Medicine.

The grant was gifted for a study on reducing housing-related health hazards and UMKC presentation for funding strategies. 

UMKC received funding through HUD’s FY2020 Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Grant Programs, and will partner with the Kansas City Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Children’s Mercy Kansas City Environmental Health Program to study how different interventions have made housing lead safe and if this results in fewer lead poisoned children among those who move into a home after remediation is completed.