Lead Stories is a collection of portraits sharing the stories of people in our community and their first-hand encounters with childhood exposure to lead and lead-poisoning. Through this work, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance and Watie White Studio are working to put a human face on the devastating effects of lead in North Omaha, a community that has faced lead contamination through multiple sources for decades. Every month, LEAD Stories will elevate the perspectives of both residents and community leaders in North Omaha, examine how lead exposure affects our community, and elevate real solutions to remediate the problem.
Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring every child lives in a Lead- Safe and Healthy Home. OHKA improves children's lives by assessing homes, educating families, making informed referrals, and connecting clients to home repair services to reduce health and safety risks. OHKA also focuses on policy issues and advocacy to help create a local and national infrastructure that supports a Healthy Home for every child. OHKA is currently working with the City of Omaha to ensure that Omaha residents are kept safe from lead and also have access to information about their own properties.
For more information, visit omahahealthykids.org, and to learn more about lead in Omaha, visit omahalead.org.