Lead Poisoning Prevention
Fact Sheets and Brochures - In an effort to educate the public in the dangers of lead poisoning, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has developed many fact sheets and brochures regarding this topic. MDH has translated these fact sheets into other languages as well to help Minnesota's immigrant populations deal with lead poisoning.
Guidelines - MDH has published several guidelines to aid health care professionals and physicians in identifying lead poisoning in children and adults and how to treat it. These guidelines are endorsed by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP), and BlueCross BlueShield BluePlus of Minnesota.
Reports - Every year MDH compiles statistics regarding blood lead poisoning in Minnesota and presents them to the legislature. These reports detail the populations impacted by lead poisoning and how MDH is addressing this important public health issue.
Special Projects - MDH staff have contributed to several special project dealing with childhood blood lead poisoning. These projects ranged from blood lead testing for children at WIC clinics, a Legislative Study Work Group, and the Countryside Study, which was published in the Journal of Environmental Health.