Partnership Effort for the Advancement of Children’s Health (PEACH) began as a collaboration between North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Northeast Central Durham (NECD) Community Reinvestment Board, Inc. The goal of PEACH was to expand the effective community/university partnership between the Northeast Central Durham community and experts in health education and environmental science at NCCU.

The partnership between NCCU and NECD targeted the lingering problem of lead poisoning  in children. The community believed there was a need for an effective dialogue and an integrated educational program to resolve the environmental justice problem that contributed to lead poisoning in children.

The specific aims of the program were:

  1. To form a PEACH coalition,
  2. To identify/improve conditions of houses in NECD where the lead poisoning problem was most acute, and where housing conditions were the most threatening,
  3. To use effective dialogue to mediate contacts between the community, the environmental agencies, and state and local programs on lead; and
  4. To generate a plan for collection, interpretation and presentation of the data from the project.

The expectations of the project were to approach environmental justice on the solid platform of application of outreach educational methods, promotion of environmental science, and accessibility to and responsiveness to medical care. The PEACH coalition framework was used by Durham Community Development Department (DCD) to secure grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to mitigate lead-based paint hazards in Durham houses. Durham Community Development was successful in securing several million dollars in lead-based paint hazard control grants from HUD and other sources.

In 2007 PEACH was incorporated as a 501 (C) (3) charitable organization, under the leadership of Lenora Smith and Effie Steele.

Today, PEACH continues the focus on residential lead-based paint hazards that prompted the university and community to start the project. PEACH has also integrated a healthy homes approach into the lead-based paint activities. PEACH applies for grant funding and seeks donations to create employment and entrepreneurial activities for unemployed, underemployed, justice involved, and other marginalized community residents.

Please make any checks payable to PEACH and mail to 800 N. Mangum St., Suite 105, Durham, NC 27701.

PEACH Project Highlights:

  • Only grassroots, Durham based Authorized Training Provider for Lead Safety Renovate, Repair and Paint (RRP) Training Program.
  • Certified Lead-worker, Lead Renovator, Lead Inspector, Lead Risk Assessor, Lead Supervisor.
  • Only original program implemented by Northeast Central Durham Reinvestment Board, Inc. and PAC 1 still in existence.
  • Initial community proposal design used by City of Durham to secure HUD grant funding.
  • Collaborative partner with City of Durham, Health Department, State, local universities, non-profit organizations and community partners for Durham lead-based paint projects.
  • Original funding in partnership with North Carolina Central University and the office of Congressman David Price.
  • Provide internship opportunities for work program participants, undergraduate, and graduate level students.
  • Provide portfolio development opportunities for recent college graduates.
  • Conduct monthly Lead Safety Renovate, Repair and Painting Initial and Refresher classes.
  • Recruit and seek training opportunities to offer instructors for Lead Safety Renovate, Repair and Painting class.
  • Offer lead risk-assessments, lead hazard screens, clearance testing, and healthy home assessments.
  • Conduct summer-enrichment camp for middle school and high school students.
  • Trained more than 300 contractors in Lead Safety Renovate, Repair and Painting.
  • Provided AmeriCorps employment and education opportunities for 11 Durham Residents.
  • Hired and trained Durham-based small businesses to complete lead hazard control cleanings in more than 200 homes.
  • Provided after school tutoring and employment for 10 middle school youth.
  • Created concept for grant funded workshop to teach community contractors lead-safe work practices.
  • Created concept for grant funded children’s musical about lead poisoning prevention.


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