In January 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) evaluated the public health significance of the in-water contamination of the Portland Harbor. ATSDR concluded that the consumption of contaminated fish was the primary exposure pathway to the Portland Harbor site contaminants.
The community-based Portland Harbor health education project grants were an opportunity to involve youth, churches, community groups etc., in the prevention and reduction of health effects from consuming fish from the harbor.
The goal of the minigrant project was the development and implementation of culturally appropriate health education materials and outreach activities. This was an opportunity for community groups to focus outreach efforts, tailoring the message for each ethnic group in their own language using terminology appropriate to their culture and based on accurate health messages.
The grants were only available from 2003-2004 and were open to community-based leadership organizations or community organizations that serve populations that consume fish from the Portland Harbor. The grants ranged from $2000 to $4000 and were supported in whole by funds from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act trust fund through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.