Childhood lead poisoning remains a serious issue in Black Hawk County. A number of sources of lead contamination in the environment can cause lead poisoning and while the most likely source of lead poisoning is deteriorated lead-based paint in older homes (pre-1978), it can also be found in certain foods and toys. Regardless of the source, childhood lead poisoning is very detrimental to normal development and can lead to serious, life-long health problems.
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program facilitates community screening of children ages 1-6 years for elevated blood lead levels, maintaining surveillance of children with elevated blood lead levels and coordinating a robust referral process with the child's family. This process includes developmental, behavioral, medical, nutritional and environmental referrals, and assists the child's family as needed. Our services are offered in a 4-county region including Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan and Grundy counties.