LPPP: Information for Healthcare and Social Service Professionals

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The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a program of the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health. Our program’s goals are to:

  • eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana by making sure that healthcare providers are testing children under the age of six for lead in their blood 
  • reduce or eliminate lead in the home by testing homes and properties for lead hazards
  • coordinate care for children affected by lead poisoning

We want to focus on protecting current and future generations of children from the dangers of exposure to lead from contaminated paint, dust and soil by making sure people know the importance of home assessments and the health impacts of lead exposure. It's important to know the signs of lead poisoning in young children, how to identify and then act against lead risks in your home, and know what services are available to you and your patients and clients as a property owner or tenant.

 What do I need to know about lead testing for my patients and clients? What are the next steps if a child tests positive? 

  • First, did you know that it is the law for healthcare providers to make sure that every child between 6 months and 6 years have a blood test for lead? (source: Louisiana Administrative Code 48: V7005, 7007, 7009)
  • We need providers to follow this law so that we can identify children under age 6 in our state who have elevated lead blood levels. Please talk with your patients' caregivers about ensuring that this important test is collected.
  • We provide case management services for those families with positive tests so they can get the resources they need to lessen the effects of the lead exposure and to identify and remove or reduce the lead hazards in their homes. The parent does not need to apply for services; we will contact them if they qualify once your practice submits the correct paperwork to us.
  • We've created this Management for Follow-Up Blood Lead Testing Timetable based on CDC clinical guidelines for providers and social servies to guide the decision-making process after a positive test is confirmed.
  • Our LHHCLPPP Case Reporting Form can be used to report lead results to our program staff.
  • Our Request for an Environmental Lead Investigation Form can be used to identify a client to us who may qualify for further home services.

What can I share with patients and clients about how to safeguard thier home against lead exposure?

  • Be aware of lead-safe practices in the home. This includes regular hand washing after playtime outdoors or in soil.
  • Parents should remove thier work clothing and shoes before entering thier home if they work around materials that contain lead.
  • Keep the area where your children play as dust-free and clean as possible.
  • Ask your doctor to test your young children for lead even if they seem healthy. 
  • Be a good neighbor. Spread the word about EPA’s lead-safe renovation rule. You can learn more about this at the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program home page.
  • Report chipped or cracked paint to your landlord if you live in an older home built before 1978.
  • Make sure your children do not chew on painted surfaces, such as toys or window sills.
  • Learn about and be careful of toys that contain lead.
  • Check out this helpful infographic from HUD about Protecting Kids from Lead Poisoning. 
  • Check out our Louisiana Lead Prevention Video on YouTube if you'd like more information:

 Where can I find more information about lead poisoning and resources for my practice, patients, and clients?