According to the Centers for Disease Control
, there are at least four million households in the United States today that have children living in them who are exposed to lead. Roughly, half a million of these children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which public health intervention should be initiated, according to the CDC.
Children under six years old and fetuses are at greatest risk of harmful health effects from lead poisoning because their brains and nervous systems are still forming, because they absorb more of the lead that they ingest or inhale, and because they are very oral.
The Santa Clara County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is a state-funded program aimed at identifying and treating children who are at risk for lead poisoning. Our mission is to identify children with elevated blood lead levels, and to subsequently investigate, find, and remediate the source of lead poisoning if possible.
Our program works with children from birth to age 21. We are comprised of a multidisciplinary team consisting of a coordinator, a public health nurse, a registered environmental health specialist, and a community worker. Through a coordinated team effort, we strive to provide case management for children who have elevated blood lead levels that meet program requirements. Through our efforts, and collaboration with community partners, we aim to lower blood lead levels of all children in Santa Clara County, and thus achieve Healthy People 2020
For more information, contact:
Santa Clara County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
1993B McKee Road
San Jose, CA 95116