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GARY CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM

Program Overview

Childhood lead poisoning continues to be a serious health problem in the City of Gary. Most children encounter lead hazards in and around their homes. Even exposure to very small amounts of lead can cause irreversible health problems, including speech and language problems, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and decreased intelligence. Children under the age of 6 are especially at risk because their brains are still developing.

Prior to 1978, lead was used in both exterior and interior paint. Approximately 85% of housing in the city was built before 1978. Dust from paint used in or on the house more than 30 years ago can be contaminating your home and yard. Children can easily get this dust on their hands and into their mouths. Even children who look and act healthy can have elevated levels of lead in their blood - the only way to know for sure is to have a blood test.

Program Services
  • Free blood lead testing for children ages 6 years old and younger and pregnant women

  • Medical and environmental case management of lead poisoned children

  • Primary prevention risk assessments and remediation referrals

  • Education and outreach to at-risk populations and communities

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