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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 and to provide primary care providers updated updated information on primary prevention and screening for lead exposure. Safe and Healthy Homes is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All HFS-enrolled children must be screened with a blood lead test at ages 12 and 24 months, or up to 72 months, if they have not been previously screened.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Childhood Lead Screening Notice

This notice provides a reminder to providers that all HFS-enrolled children should be screened with a blood lead test at ages 12 and 24 months, or up to 72 months, if they have not been previously screened. This update includes policy updates concerning lead screening that were implemented in 2008. [...more]

IDPH Lead Screening & Case Follow-Up Guidelines

This manual was created for local heath departments to guide efforts regarding lead poisoning prevention and treatment. Included in this document are the updated screening and referral documents for Illinois. [...more]

A CDC Guide: Preventing Lead Poisoning in Young Children

This statement from the CDC provides information regarding strategies to prevent lead poisoning of young children. Included is information regarding the effects blood lead levels of less than 10µg/dL on childhood development. [...more]

Chicago Neighborhood Areas Map: Lead Levels

This is a map of Chicago neighborhood areas represented in terms of lead levels present in housing stock.  Yellow areas represent neighborhood areas with the least lead present.  Darker red neighborhood areas represent parts of the city with the highest levels of lead found in housing stock. [...more]

Lead Poisoning Blood Test Locations in Illinois

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. [...more]

Lead Poisoning Blood Test Locations in Chicago

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. [...more]

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For more information about Safe and Healthy Homes, please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater
Director, Prevention Projects
1400 W. Hubbard Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791
jpinkwater@illinoisaap.com