Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
Lead poisoning remains a significant health concern for young children, yet it is entirely preventable. Lead harms children’s nervous systems and is associated with reduced IQ, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.
While lead paint in homes built before 1978 continues to be the most common source of lead exposure, there are other sources of lead that can poison a child or adult such as take-home lead from work and casting of bullets or fishing sinkers. Although lead poisoning can cause serious health problems--including death--most lead-poisoned children demonstrate no visible symptoms. This makes it much more important to have an effective program to prevent childhood lead poisoning.
CLPPP in Iowa
The CLPPP works to reduce the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning in Iowa through the following activities:
- Identification and case management for children with elevated blood lead levels;
- Identification and control of lead paint hazards;
- Surveillance of elevated blood lead levels in children to monitor progress; and
- Provide education and outreach regarding childhood lead poisoning in communities and promote community involvement.
The target population for this program is all Iowa children under the age of six years. State and local funds are used to carry out the program statewide through a combination of direct services, contracts and technical assistance to Title V child health clinics and public health agencies. The community partners in this program are local health departments, Title V child health clinics, health care providers, area education agencies, and housing agencies.
2016 CLPPP Regional Meetings
In September 2016 the CLPPP staff held four regional meetings throughout Iowa in Creston, Ainsworth, Storm Lake, and Cedar Falls. The purpose of the meetings were to continue our efforts in providing local partners with information on lead program services, activities and future program direction.
Meeting objectives included:
1) Providing information on IDPH lead programs including current status of programs and future directions.
2) Defining and reviewing lead data that is available and how to use the data in an effective/appropriate way.
3) Introduction of CLPPP performance measures and the importance of the role it will play in upcoming contract years.
Regional Meeting Presentations and Documents