Lead Poisoning Blood Test Locations in Chicago

Posted on: July 21, 2010

Safe and Healthy Homes

Safe and Healthy Homes is a primary prevention partnership linking parents and resources in an effort to abate lead hazards before toddlers begin crawling and exploring the home environment.  Safe and Healthy Homes is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Raising children who have been lead poisoned requires patience and hard work. Caretakers need to know where to go for help for help and support for a child’s health and educational needs.

The Illinois Department of Public Health identified zip code areas in which children are considered at greatest risk for lead poisoning due to the age of housing stock and income levels. Children who live in high-risk zip codes are required to have a blood test at certain ages to determine whether they are lead poisoned. Additionally, all children with siblings who have elevated blood lead levels should have a blood test.

In Illinois the cost for a blood test is included for children covered by Illinois Medicaid/All Kids.

All Kids

Health benefits and All Kids help line:
1-866-ALL-KIDS or 1-866-255-5437
TTY 1-877-204-1012

Listing of Blood Testing and Risk Assessment Resources for  the City of Chicago

City of Chicago

The following public health clinics offer free or minimal cost lead screenings. Parents can also call the Chicago department of Public health at (312)747-LEAD for more information on where to go to have a child tested for lead in Chicago. All zip codes in Chicago are designated high risk, meaning that children must be screened for lead poisoning using a blood test.

Chicago- Englewood Health Clinic
641 W. 63rd St.

Chicago- West Town Health Clinic
2418 W. Division

Chicago-Uptown Health Clinic
845 W. Wilson

Chicago-Roseland Health Clinic
200 E. 115th St.

Chicago- Lower West Side Health Clinic
1713 S. Ashland

The following agencies provide blood tests for lead but charge fees based on a sliding scale.

Chicago- Circle Family Center
4909 W. Division

Chicago- Mile Square Health Center
2045 W. Washington

Chicago- Lawndale Christian Health Center
3860 W. Ogden

Chicago- Mount Sinai Hospital
California Ave & 15th Street
The hospital accepts insurance and Medicaid and offers sliding scale fees for the uninsured.

The following locations provide a blood test for lead poisoning free of charge to their enrolled clients:

Chicago- Lakeview Neighborhood Health Center
2849 N. Clark

Chicago- Komed Health Clinic
4259 S. Berkeley St.

Chicago- South Chicago Center
2938 E. 89th Street

Chicago- Woodlawn Adult Health Center
6337 S. Woodlawn

Chicago- South Lawndale Center
3059 W. 26th St.

Chicago- Hartgrove Hospital
520 N. Ridgeway

The following locations provide blood tests for lead poisoning, but tests are not free. Medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted.

Chicago- Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
1650 W. Harrison
Blood tests for lead must be ordered by a doctor.

Chicago- University of Illinois
Medical Center
1740 W. Taylor
Blood tests for lead must be ordered by a doctor.

Chicago- St. Elizabeth Hospital
1431 N. Claremont

Chicago- St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center
2233 W. Division

For more information about lead poisoning prevention and the Safe and Healthy Homes Project, please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater
Director, Prevention Projects
1400 W. Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791