Free Household Lead Tests for Families of Young Children AND Early Screening for Lead Toxicity, High Cholesterol, and Anemia in Children
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 20-26, and to mark the week, Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC), a local healthy Maine Partnership, is partnering with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MeCDC) to offer parents of young children who live in older homes a free home lead dust test kit.
The offer for free tests comes with an educational brochure. Families of children born in 2012 will receive the offer and brochure through the mail. In addition, KCCHC will be distributing the offer and brochures to families throughout Knox County, with a concentration in Rockland.
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week also is an opportune time to announce the recently initiated project of Dr. William Stephenson of Pen Bay Pediatrics, “Good to the Last Drop”. This exciting initiative soon will make available recommended pediatric screening tests right in the office during child wellness visits. The purpose is to screen early and hopefully reduce costly and separate hospital visits to draw blood. The nearly painless procedure to screen for lead toxicity, high cholesterol, and anemia in the doctor’s office requires only a fingerstick. Dr. Stephenson’s project was funded by Pen Bay Healthcare’s new Projects in Clinical Excellence: Physician Excellence Fund—a fund designed to support physician-led projects that advance patient-centered care.
For more information about “Good to the Last Drop”, please stay tuned to Pen Bay’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/penbayhealth or sign up for Pen Bay’s community e-newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org for updates on when this new advancement in care will be ready to go live at Pen Bay Pediatrics.
And to learn more about how to obtain a free lead dust test, please contact Nancy Laite, KCCHC Health Promotion and Prevention Educator, email@example.com or 236-6313 ext. 2.
The free lead dust tests are made possible by the Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund, part of Maine’s effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.