What the UMC hopes to be a two-year-long partnership with SWLI, the Scott County Health Department has labeled lead poisoning in the county a top priority, and has partnered with SWLI with these three goals in mind:
1. Identify with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) the areas of highest risk in the county
2. Explore the possibility of public and/or private coalitions for collaboration on the issue
3. Research alternative methods of funding for the implementation of a new approach to remediation
Students will begin the 2016/2017 school year by performing GIS analysis to pinpoint the high-risk areas, conducting case studies on other communities to identify their approaches to the problem, formulating up-to-date fact sheets on lead, finding work as investigative journalists, researching funding methods (including tax incentives), and producing professional-grade risk maps. All final reports will be submitted to the SCHD upon their completion.
Submissions from 2017
Exploring Alternative Funding Methods for the Lead Remediation Program in Scott County, Iowa, Brittany A. Poynor, Layne Porembski, Arielle Bloemer, Brandon Schattner, and Sarah Hanson