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|Childhood Lead Screening|
|Community Progress Report|
|The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) has developed a progress report focusing on childhood lead exposure and screening by community. Progress reports will be updated annually and mailed to all pediatric physicians in Massachusetts. |
Childhood lead exposure continues to be a problem in Massachusetts. There is no safe level of exposure to lead. In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered the blood lead level reference value to 5 µg/dL, highlighting the dangers of low levels of lead exposure in children. Recent scientific evidence has demonstrated the harmful effects of long-term, low-level lead exposure, including damage to overall intellectual ability, speech and language, hearing, visual-spatial skills, attention, executive functions, social behavior, and fine and gross motor skills. *
Childhood lead exposure is 100% preventable.
Each progress report includes the following:
• Screening rate
• Rate of children with first-time blood lead levels ≥5 µg/dL
• Percentage of old housing
• Resources and advice to reduce lead exposure
If you have any questions about this report, please contact CLPPP at 617-624-5757.
|* Educational Services for Children Affected by Lead Expert Panel. Education interventions for children affected by lead. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2015.|