Lead Screening

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which supports the coordination of lead poisoning prevention and surveillance services for children in Michigan.

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has identified three criteria by which children can be screened for lead poisoning.

  • Geography – children living in one of Michigan’s 14 target communities are eligible for lead poisoning testing.  The communities include Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon/Muskegon Hts., Pontiac, and Saginaw.
  • Children enrolled in Medicaid or WIC are eligible for lead testing.  Children enrolled in Medicaid or WIC are screened at 12 and 24 months, or no later than 30 months.  Children between the ages of 36 and 72 months of age must receive a screening blood test if they have not been previously screened for lead poisoning.
  • Questionnaire: Children who are not enrolled in WIC, Medicaid or residing in one of the 14 target areas can stilled be screened for lead poisoning through the completion of a questionnaire that assess risk for lead exposure.  The child’s parents/guardians should be asked exposure questions to determine each child’s risk.

Blood lead testing is completed on Health Department children enrolled in WIC or Medicaid according to recommended guidelines.  Families identified as having children with high lead levels are contacted by  nursing staff for additional assessment, education, environmental evaluation, and follow-up.