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ADHS conducts drinking water screening in child care facilities across the state

By | February 19th, 2019|General, Preparedness|

Childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children. Lead poisoning can negatively affect children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing, and development. The most common sources of elevated blood lead levels in Arizona are lead-based paint found in homes built before 1978, imported goods such as spices, makeups, and ceramic pottery, lead in [...]

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Water Screening in Child Care Facilities

By | September 18th, 2017|Licensing, Preparedness|

Starting this month, ADHS will be launching a project to screen water in many licensed child care facilities for lead. Our Child Care Licensing surveyors will collect water from a sample of drinking water sources at facilities while they’re out to conduct facility inspections. The surveyors will bring the water samples to our Arizona State [...]

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Helps Families Stay Safe

By | October 24th, 2016|Preparedness|

This week, we acknowledge National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and this year’s important theme: Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future.  The Arizona Department of Health Services is participating in this event along with CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other state childhood lead poisoning prevention [...]

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention in Arizona

By | March 9th, 2016|Preparedness|

If you’ve caught the news lately, you’ve probably seen reports of lead poisoning in other states linked to contaminated drinking water. Lead poisoning is a serious health concern – especially in children. Lead poisoning can damage children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing, or growth, and the only way to detect the condition is through blood testing. Last [...]

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Targeting Children at Risk for Lead Poisoning

By | January 25th, 2016|Preparedness|

Every year children in Arizona are identified with elevated blood lead levels. Even at low levels, children's intelligence, behavior, hearing, and growth can be irreparably damaged. Most children will not have any symptoms. The only way to detect lead poisoning is through a blood test . In 2015, an estimated 432 newly identified elevated blood [...]

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness

By | October 26th, 2015|Prevention|

In Arizona, more than 800 children each year are identified with elevated blood lead levels. Even at low blood lead levels, children's intelligence, behavior, hearing and growth can be irreparably damaged. To increase awareness of childhood lead poisoning prevention, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation to kick off Arizona’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October [...]

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Two Projects Earn First Place HEMMY Awards

By | September 25th, 2015|Preparedness, Prevention|

The Childhood Lead Program team: Brigitte Dufour, Amber Asburry, Melissa Tegarden and Stephen Grieco-Shapiro Every year the Arizona Public Health Association presents the Health Education Media Maker Yearly (HEMMY) Award to recognize achievements in health education. I’m happy to announce that our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and our Diabetes Program both won first place awards. [...]

Blood Lead Screening to Identify at Risk Children

By | August 13th, 2015|General|

In Arizona more than 800 children each year are identified with elevated blood lead levels (EBLL). Even at low blood lead levels, children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing and growth can be irreparably damaged. Most children will not have any symptoms. The only way to detect lead poisoning is through a blood test. All children living in high-risk [...]

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Blood Lead Screening Project to Identify at Risk Children

By | April 16th, 2015|Prevention|

In Arizona more than 800 children each year are identified with elevated blood lead levels (EBLL).  Even at low blood lead levels, children’s intelligence, behavior, hearing and growth can be irreparably damaged.  Most children will not have any symptoms.  The only way to detect lead poisoning is through a blood test. All children living in [...]

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Healthy Homes

By | September 14th, 2011|General, Prevention|

For decades, removing lead (Pb) from the environment has been a public health priority because residual contamination from decades of using products containing harmful lead continued to cause health problems.  Fortunately, the public health interventions (removing Pb from gas, paint, and cans) worked and today 99.9% of Arizona kids have blood lead levels below the standard.  As [...]