Louisiana Healthy Homes Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The purpose of the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana. To that end, the program seeks to:
- Ensure that all healthcare providers test children under the age of six for lead in their blood (blood lead testing is mandatory and required by Louisiana law)
- Reduce or eliminate lead in the home by testing homes and properties for lead hazards
- Coordinate care for children affected by lead poisoning
- Educate the public on environmental sources of lead, and the steps people can take to reduce their exposure to lead and prevent lead poisoning
Who do we serve?
- We provide clinical guidelines for blood lead testing and collect lead case reporting forms when children test positive for elevated blood lead levels.
- We provide case management services to children between 6 months and 6 years of age who have elevated blood lead levels, as identified through blood tests.
- We provide lead abatement services to qualifying property or home owners, landlords, and tenants in certain regions of the state.
What are our functions?
We offer the following services to children, families, healthcare professionals, and the community at-large:
- Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on routine pediatric lead screening
- Surveillance of blood lead levels in children six years of age and under
- Care coordination for children who have tested positive for elevated blood lead levels
- Environmental inspection for children with elevated blood lead levels
- Lead abatement services to those who qualify
- Community and professional education on childhood lead poisoning and healthy homes
- Provision of guidelines and resources for lead-based paint abatement contractors