The goal of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is to prevent children from being exposed to lead. We educate families, medical providers, and the community. We support lead screening and testing. We identify children with lead in their blood. We provide help to prevent problems caused by contact to lead in the environment.
Prevent and reduce the harmful effects of lead poisoning among Ventura County's children under the age of six, as well as other high-risk children.
- Identify and prevent exposure to lead
- Prevent environmental exposure to lead through community outreach and education
- Public Health Nurse
- Conducts home visits to families of children with very high blood lead levels.
- Completes a child/family assessment (physical, psychosocial and environmental).
- Identifies and tests for possible lead sources such as pottery and home remedies.
- Provides health education, monitor lead levels, and encourage medical follow-up.
- Consult with doctors, nurses, registered dietitian nutritionists and other professionals regarding nutritional status of lead poisoned children
- Refers for medical treatment services if needed.
- Registered Environmental Health Specialist
- Conducts environmental home inspections for families with children that have been identified with very high blood lead levels.
- Identifies and tests for possible lead sources such as paint, soil, and dust.
- Provides recommendations to reduce contact with lead.
- Follows up to see that sources of lead are reduced or eliminated.
- Health Education Outreach Staff
- Provide information to families of children with moderately elevated blood lead levels regarding possible lead sources, nutrition, and blood lead testing recommendations.
- Provide health education through presentations and health fairs to the general public, medical providers and community based organizations.
- Work with families and healthcare providers
Visit the California Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch for useful information on lead exposure and lead poisoning.