Success Stories

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program develops “success stories” in partnership with state and local cooperative agreement recipients to highlight lead poisoning prevention achievements. Each success story exhibits tangible results of prevention and surveillance activities conducted by state and local health agencies. Success stories collectively demonstrate progress toward meeting national program objectives. The stories below are grouped by main topic but may involve strategies related to other topics.

Note: The purpose of these success stories is to share best practices among state and local childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. Data in these stories might differ from what is listed on the state and local health department websites. Definitions and classifications also might vary across jurisdictions and might have changed over time.

The stories below refer to activities conducted between 2014 and 2019.

Some of the success stories below refer to CDC’s previous blood lead reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL). As of October 28, 2021, CDC uses a blood lead reference value of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to identify children with blood lead levels that are higher than most children’s levels. This updated level is based on the U.S. population of children ages 1–5 years who represent the top 2.5% with the highest blood lead levels.

Success Stories by Topic

Success Stories by State