The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is designed to prevent and eliminate childhood lead poisoning by:
· Educating the public and health-care providers about childhood lead poisoning.
· Assisting and supporting private providers who screen children for elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) by providing lead-related education materials and assistance with environmental assessment resources, helping to ensure that lead-poisoned infants and children receive medical and environmental follow-up.
· Providing lead screening services to children seeking health services through the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department Clinics according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
· Providing lead related education and assistance to families affected by lead poisoning.
· Conducting required reporting of confirmed EBBL to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH)
· Assisting the TDH in the analysis and dissemination of lead surveillance data.
· Working with the TDH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to support programs and policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County area.
· Program objectives include screening children ages 6 months through 6 years to identify lead toxicity and to provide case management for children identified with EBBL, including educational and nutritional counseling.