Adult Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (ALP), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Back Row (Left to Right):
Kolapo B. Alex-Oni, MPH - Environmental Health Scientist, Monique Wilson-Diaz - Public Records Aide

Front Row (Left to Right):
Phyllis Curry-Johnson, EdD- Adult Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Coordinator, Nevila Bardhi, MPH - Public Health Intern

The Adult Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (ALP) provides surveillance, case management, environmental risk intervention and education to New York City's men and non-pregnant women aged 18 years or older with elevated blood lead levels. ALP works closely with the bureau's Healthy Homes Program to provide lead poisoning prevention services for pregnant women. Annually, DOHMH receives blood lead test results for more than 90,000 adults and provides education to adults with blood lead levels of 5 micrograms per deciliter and higher. In addition, ALP interviews adults with elevated blood lead levels to identify potential lead hazards. ALP case investigations have helped to identify lead contaminated products and triggered local and national enforcement actions resulting in the removal of thousands of such products from store shelves. ALP also seeks avenues to disseminate lead poisoning prevention. ALP works with employers and health care providers to disseminate education around lead poisoning prevention messages and management to at-risk groups, including workers in the construction industry.

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