At a glance

CDC supports Mississippi and other state and local health departments, or their bona fide agents, through cooperative agreements to support childhood lead poisoning prevention activities. Read about the program's success.

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About the program

The State of Mississippi received $465,000 through cooperative agreement EH21-2102 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the third funding year. The funds address childhood lead poisoning prevention and surveillance programmatic activities being conducted from September 30, 2023, to September 29, 2024.

The strategies focus on:

  • Ensuring blood lead testing and reporting
  • Enhancing blood lead surveillance
  • Improving linkages to recommended services

To learn more about these efforts in Mississippi, contact the program below.

Mississippi State Department of Health

570 E. Woodrow Wilson Drive

Jackson, MS 39216

Phone: 601-576-7447

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Success stories for this funding cycle, September 30, 2021-September 29, 2026, are below.

Success story: funding year 1

Expanded eligibility for early intervention services in Mississippi


Historically, the Mississippi Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program (MS LPPHHP) has referred children with elevated blood lead levels (BLLs) greater than or equal to 15 μg/dL to the Mississippi State Department of Health First Steps Early Intervention Program (EIP). EIP is a voluntary program, and most parents accept their referral; however, children with elevated BLLs less than 15 μg/dL were unable to qualify for these services.


In January 2019, the State Interagency Coordinating Council lowered the threshold for an EIP referral from 15 μg/dL to 10 μg/dL. The council made this decision following input from the Mississippi State Department of Health's Pediatric Clinician and data analysis from MS LPPHHP that highlighted the number of children that would be eligible for a referral at a BLL of 10 μg/dL.

For children with elevated BLLs greater than or equal to 10 μg/dL to receive EIP services, a referral form must be submitted by MS LPPHHP. After receiving the referral, EIP completes the following steps:

  1. A notice of referral letter is mailed to the family within two days.
  2. A service coordinator is assigned and contacts the family within five days.
  3. The service coordinator has forty-five days to determine eligibility by conducting a comprehensive and multidisciplinary evaluation assessment of the child and family.
  4. An Individualized Family Service Plan is developed that identifies educational, medical, and developmental services needed to support the child and family. The family is linked to social support and services, ensuring the provision of family-focused, evidence-based early intervention practices within thirty days.

Additionally, MS LPPHHP and EIP are in the process of revising the Child Health Referral form to make it a two-way referral, which would also allow EIP to make referrals to MS LPPHHP.


Since lowering the threshold for automatic EIP eligibility, the MS LPPHHP has made 40 referrals to EIP for children with elevated BLLs greater than or equal to 10 μg/dL. Furthermore, decreasing the blood lead level (BLL) threshold for EIP resulted in referring 22 children to services needed to improve their quality of life that they would not have received when a threshold for a referral was a BLL greater than or equal to 15 μg/dL.

Funding for this work was made possible in part by NUE2EH001396 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.