National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future

October 23-29, 2016

Every October, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) raises awareness about lead poisoning and its effects on children. The Louisiana Department of Health -Office of Public Health’s Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) is teaming up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote NLPPW in the state of Louisiana. During NLPPW, organizations in Louisiana and across the country are highlighting the following steps any family can take to keep themselves and their children safe from lead poisoning:

  • test your homes for lead,
  • test your children for lead poisoning, and
  • get the facts and learn how to prevent lead poisoning.

More information about lead poisoning and NLPPW is
available from the EPA at (800) 424-LEAD (5323).

During NLPPW any organization that works to improve public health, the safety of families, homes and communities is encouraged to host educational events about these steps!

For resource packets for your NLPPW activity or more information
 call (504) 568-8254 or email trina.evans@la.gov.

Throughout the week, LHHCLPP will:

  • Educate and train over 1,500 people on lead poisoning prevention;
  • Provide free lead testing at WIC clinics in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard;
  • Survey physicians about their lead testing practices through a collaboration with the New Orleans Health Department and work with American Academy of Pediatrics to distribute the Lead Poisoning Prevention Physician Flyer to all pediatricians in their database;
  • Provide targeted initiatives in Regions 1, 6 and 8 in the state;
  • Partner with Text4baby to raise awareness of mandatory lead screening laws to all Text4baby enrollees with children 0-12 months of age;
  • Host the WIC Clinic Lead Testing Award Luncheon and announce the Lead Poisoning Prevention Champion Partner Awardee at the LHHCLPPP State Advisory Board Meeting;
  • Raise awareness about lead and its effects on human health by participating in health fairs, presentations, advisory board meetings, trainings and events at area WIC clinics, local Head Start programs, churches, universities, state agencies and community-based organizations.

Click Here for Louisiana NLPPW Activities Schedule

 

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health’s (OPH) Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) participates in NLPPW with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).