Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

"The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that childhood lead poisoning still remains a major preventable environmental health problem within the United States"

About half a million children younger than 6 years of age in the United States have blood lead levels of at least 5 micrograms per deciliter (5 µg/dL), a level high enough to adversely affect their intelligence, behavior and development. Minority and poor children are disproportionately affected. The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is responsible for increasing public awareness on the dangers of lead poisoning, and providing education and prevention programs.

The mission of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by identifying and caring for lead burdened children, and preventing environmental exposures to lead. Our vision is to promote a healthy, lead-safe environment where all children can achieve their full potential.

The Stanislaus County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is a state mandated program established by the Department of Health Services. The purpose of the program is to identify and medically manage elevated child blood lead level cases and develop programs to educate the public and health care providers.

Children need to be tested for lead at 12 and 24 months of age and anytime up to age 6 if never tested before. Medi-Cal and low-income children can get free medical checkups, including a blood lead test. For information call your local Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) at 209.558.8860.

CLPPP provides services to the community for the purpose of increasing awareness regarding the hazards of lead exposure and working towards an increase in the number of children tested for blood lead poisoning. CLPPP staff performs telephone consultation and referral, home visitation, environmental home inspection and nutritional assessments for families of lead-poisoned children as appropriate for their blood lead levels. The CLPPP provides information and written materials to the general public, medical providers and community-based organizations.

CLPPP also performs the following functions:

  • Case Management
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Staff In-service Training
  • Education Materials for Parents
  • Environmental Lead Investigation
  • County Lead Statistics
  • Occupational Lead Referral
  • Current Information on Childhood Lead Poisoning alerts on consumer products containing lead.

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