Welcome to the Cecil County Health Department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
At the Cecil County Health Department, we are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our community, especially our children. We understand the serious risks associated with lead exposure, particularly among young children, and that’s why we have established the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Our program is dedicated to raising awareness, preventing lead exposure, case management of those children who have been exposed, and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.
About the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:
Lead poisoning is a preventable but serious public health issue that can have lasting effects on a child’s physical, mental, and emotional development. Our Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is designed to educate families, healthcare providers, and the community about the dangers of lead exposure, to provide resources to prevent its occurrence, and guide families through the treatment process when applicable.
What We Offer:
Education and Outreach: We offer comprehensive educational resources to help parents and caregivers understand the sources of lead exposure, the risks it poses, and the steps they can take to protect their children. Our outreach efforts extend to healthcare providers, community organizations, schools, childcare centers, and other community organizations to ensure that everyone is informed about lead poisoning prevention.
Case Management: Services to help guide families through the process of getting the child tested and treated when necessary for lead poisoning or exposure.
Lead Testing and Screening: We collaborate with healthcare providers to coordinate lead testing and screening for children at risk of lead exposure. Early detection is crucial for preventing the adverse effects of lead poisoning.
Home Inspections and Remediation: Our program assists families in identifying and addressing lead hazards in homes. We offer guidance on lead-safe practices during renovations or repairs and connect families with resources for environmental inspections and lead hazard remediation.
Community Partnerships: We work closely with community partners, local organizations, pediatricians, schools, and childcare centers to raise awareness about lead poisoning prevention. Through workshops, seminars, and events, we aim to reach as many families as possible with vital information.
Advocacy and Policy: The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program actively advocates for policies and regulations that promote lead-free environments for children. We collaborate with local and state authorities to create lasting changes that protect our community’s health.
We invite all parents, caregivers, healthcare providers, and community members to join us in the fight against lead poisoning. Promote awareness. By working together, we can create a safer, healthier future for our children.
Explore our resources section to access educational materials, fact sheets, guidelines for lead-safe practices, nutritional guidelines for treatment of elevated blood lead levels, and general information on lead testing and screening.
If you’re passionate about the health and well-being of our community’s children, there are many ways to get involved. Volunteer for outreach events, join our advocacy efforts, or spread awareness in your community circles.
For more information about the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, upcoming events, or how to get involved, please contact us at 410-996-5168. Your support can make a significant difference in preventing lead poisoning and ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.
At the Cecil County Health Department, we are dedicated to lead-free living and healthier tomorrows for all.