Preventing Lead Poisoning In Virginia A training module for primary health care providers. Virginia Partnership for Lead Poisoning Prevention Education Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities Virginia Commonwealth University. Funded by: Virginia Department of Health
Virginia Partnership for Lead Poisoning Prevention Education
Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Department of Health
United States Environmental Protection Agency
At least 500 new cases per year*
Affects 4.4% of children overall
Affects 15% of children in poverty
* 95% of cases are asymptomatic
1.6 million homes in Virginia
may have lead paint
… Especially Children
Secondary Sources of Lead
Reduced Attention SpanSymptoms of Lead Poisoning
1. Eligible for Medicaid, VACMSIP or WIC?
2. Living in a ZIP CODE determined to be high risk?
3. Living in or regularly visiting a house or day care center built before 1950?
4. Living in or regularly visiting a house built before 1978 with chipping paint or renovations within the last 6 months?
5. Living with or regularly visiting a sibling or playmate with lead poisoning?
6. Living with an adult whose job or hobby involves lead exposure?
7. Living near an active lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or other industry likely to release lead?
IF YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE --- Draw for a blood test
1. Assess Risk
2. Screen via Blood Test
of Elevated Blood Lead Levels
1979 - Ominbus budget reconciliation act
1992- Residential lead based paint hazard
reduction act (title x)
1993 - All blood test levels are reportable
to the Virginia Department of Health
1999- Lead screening accountability for
early-intervention act pending