Tuesday, September 12, 2017

State health department publishes lead outreach tool

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and Environmental Public Health Tracking Program have published an interactive tool  for targeted lead outreach in Colorado.

The purpose of this tool is to help public health professionals prioritize targeted activities to help reduce or eliminate lead poisoning in children under six years old. It consists of three maps that display lead screening rates, housing and poverty risk, and a combination of both.

The program designed these maps for population health interventions and outreach, not to determine if specific individuals or households are at risk. For example, an organization or service provider could use the tool to look at census tracts in their community and decide where more lead testing may be needed.

The program selected the two biggest risk factors for lead poisoning -- housing and poverty -- and created the maps using a combination of CDPHE blood lead data and publically available census data. The maps display data across census tracts in Colorado to show how screening rates and risk compare to other census tracts. 

See the program web page for information about the methodology.
For information about who should be tested for lead, check the current Lead Screening Guidelines.
Please share this information with your public health partners. For more information, contact or 303-692-2708.

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