Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs in Local Health Departments
The State Department of Health supports the lead poisoning prevention activities of local health departments statewide. New York State provides funding, materials and other support to the state's 57 counties and New York City. These local programs:
- Find and reduce sources of lead before they can harm children;
- Teach the public, health care providers, and others about lead;
- Promote lead testing for children and pregnant women, to make sure lead poisoning is found as early as possible;
- Help children with lead poisoning by making sure children get the testing, education, and treatment they need; and, by helping families find the sources of lead in their home.
This document provides guidelines for local health department staff who provide follow-up services for children with elevated blood lead levels. It includes the roles and responsibilities of local health departments, a modified follow-up protocol for children ages six to eighteen years, roles and responsibilities of health care providers, clinical tools, information on sources of lead exposure, anticipatory guidance, and referral contact information. The guidelines reflect amendments to the New York State Department of Health Administrative Rules and Regulations, Subpart 67 adopted on May 6, 2009, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on Managing Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children (2002).
- Guidelines for Follow-up of Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels for Local Health Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs (PDF, 2.93MB)