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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: A Comprehensive Public Health Response to an Environmental Issue

Originally broadcast September 17, 2009

Tom Carroll, Chief Sanitarian
Housing Hygiene Section
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Community Environmental Health and Food Protection

Susan Slade, RN, MS, CHES
Program Manager
Child Health Unit
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
New York State Department of Health

Lead is a toxin that can harm young children as their bodies develop. It can damage the organs in developing children or lead to learning and behavioral problems. This program will look at how recent surveillance data can be used to create a housing-based approach to eliminating lead poisoning. It will also look at how to best assess a child’s blood lead level and subsequent procedures, including further testing and guidance, if the lead level is elevated.

Learning Objective
As a result of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why exposure to environmental lead is a health concern for young children.
  • Describe the steps taken to determine a child’s blood lead level and what happens if the level is elevated.
  • Describe how the lead surveillance data is used to develop a housing based approach for the prevention of childhood lead poisoning.