Cincinnati HOME Project

Project Funders: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Project Partner: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Project Contact: Jonathan Wilson, jwilson@nchh.org, 443.539.4162

Project Description: With Dr. Bruce Lanphear of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) contributed to a major study, the Cincinnati HOME (Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment) Project: Lead Cohort, to determine the effectiveness of lead hazard control as a primary prevention strategy. Mothers were enrolled during their first trimesters, and their children were to be followed until 36 months of age; the study was to enroll a total of 400 children. Half of the units were randomly assigned for treatments to reduce dust lead hazards in the homes to levels to at least five times lower than the federal standards. The other half of the homes were treated to prevent unintentional injuries. NCHH developed the assessment and hazard control treatment plan, monitoring the project team’s work, and reviewed the data analysis and subsequent report.

Analysis of the data is ongoing. An article on the study population was published in 2016.

Article: Cohort Profile: The Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study. (Braun et al., 2016).

Additional Resource: An early study found that young children in homes that had been renovated had higher blood lead levels than children living in homes that were not renovated. The study was conducted before the federal lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule went into effect. The study supported the need for this regulation.

The Contribution of Housing Renovation to Children’s Blood Lead Levels: A Cohort Study (Spanier et al., 2013).