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Childhood Lead Poisoning Surveillance Objectives

Objectives of childhood lead poisoning surveillance programs at the state level are to

  • Identify remaining at-risk geographic areas and ensure that appropriate population and community-based, primary prevention interventions are targeted to the highest risk areas or subpopulations: e.g., housing rehabilitation, enforcement of housing and health codes, engagement with health care systems, public and health care provider education campaigns related to lead contamination through other sources (e.g., imported items), and other educational and public health activities.
  • Identify children at-risk to target testing and resources.
  • Identify emerging sources of exposure and inform strategic plans to remove or reduce sources.
  • Evaluate the timeliness and efficacy of case management services available to children with lead poisoning and work with inspectors and risk assessors to ensure safe living environments.
  • Target pediatric health care provider education efforts.
  • Serve as the basis for a waiver for universal blood lead testing of children enrolled in Medicaid (if appropriate).

Objectives of the childhood lead poisoning surveillance programs at CDC are to

  • Assist states in developing laboratory-based surveillance systems for blood lead levels among children.
  • Assist states in the analysis and dissemination of lead surveillance data.
  • Assemble data from state systems to form a national surveillance database.