About the Louisiana Healthy Homes Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP)
The purpose of the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana through a comprehensive approach. We accomplish this by:
- making sure that healthcare providers are testing children under the age of six for lead in their blood
- testing homes for lead hazards so we can help identify ways to reduce or eliminate lead in the home
How are we funded and who are our national partners?
The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a part of the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program, which is funded by the Title V Maternal and Child (MCH) Block Grant federal fund. The MCH Block Grant is a grant from the U.S. government that supports programs for women, children, and teens, as well as for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health’s Bureau of Family Health (BFH) oversees Louisiana’s MCH Block Grant.
If you would like to learn more about the MCH Block Grant or access informative fact sheets for families, clients, and providers, please visit LDH's Block Grant Application for Public Comments and Review
This program is also funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for childhood lead poisoning-prevention efforts in Louisiana. LHHCLPPP receives all blood lead laboratory reports on Louisiana resident children and contributes to the CDC national database on lead poisoning. The program also promotes the CDC’s national lead poisoning prevention guidelines.
In fall of 2016, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Louisiana Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPP) was awarded more than $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to perform lead-hazard control work on properties housing one or more children under six years of age. The grant is funded for three years with a Healthy Homes Supplemental funds in the amount of $150,000 to be used during this three year period. The grant enables LHHCLPPP to conduct lead hazard control and healthy homes work in 17 Louisiana parishes (click here to view the map). Specifically, the funds are used for the identification of lead hazards in units occupied by children who have been lead poisoned or are at risk of becoming lead poisoned; the remediation of the lead hazards through appropriate control or abatement procedures; and, ancillary activities such as training, outreach, and casework.
What help does LHHCLPPP offer?
LHHCLPPP offers the following services to children, families, healthcare professionals, and the community at-large:
- Monitoring of blood lead levels in children six years of age and under
- Identification of and care coordination for children with elevated blood lead levels
- Environmental inspection for children with elevated blood lead levels
- Community and professional education on childhood lead poisoning and healthy homes
- Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on routine pediatric lead screening
- Lead abatement services to those who qualify
- Provision of guidelines and resources for lead-based paint abatement contractors
How do families access LHHCLPPP services?
Your child must first be screened for blood lead levels by thier healthcare provider. It is the law in Louisiana that every child between 6 months and 6 years have a blood test for lead (pursuant to LAC 48:V7005, 7007, 7009). It's important to talk to your child's provider about ensuring that the test is completed.
Once a child tests positive for lead, they will be referred to us for case management and services. There is no application necessary; our program will contact you to coordinate further services.
We also have a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to remove or reduce the hazards from lead paint in homes built before 1978 in 17 parishes in Louisiana – including New Orleans and Plaquemines. This grant allows us to offer free environmental home assessments and provide free lead abatement services to those who qualify. If your home or apartment, that you own or rent, was built before 1978 and you have a child under the age of 6 who spends 10 or more hours a week in your home, you may qualify. There are income qualifications as well – the owner or residents must be considered low or very-low income. If you own a vacant home that you plan to rent to low-income residents, you may also qualify. You can learn more about the application process by calling (504) 568-8254.
To learn more about our staff and view our contact information, please visit our LHHCLPPP Central Office Staff page.