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Lead Services & Resources

CCDPH Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a collaborative effort between the following units: Environmental Health Services, Public Health Nursing, and Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes.

Environmental Health Services Unit

This department provides lead risk assessments in the homes of children identified as having an elevated blood-lead level.

Lead risk assessors perform the following duties:

  • identify both lead-based paint and non lead-based paint hazards in the home;
  • issue orders to correct lead-based paint hazards;
  • monitor and provide guidance to property owners and contractors as they work to correct lead-based paint hazards;
  • conduct testing to confirm that a home has been made ‘lead safe’; and
  • respond to complaints of improper removal of lead-based paint.

Public Health Nursing

This department provides case management for young children with elevated blood-lead levels. Case management can include the following:

  • home visits from public health nurses;
  • medical follow-ups;
  • nutritional evaluations; and
  • developmental screenings.

For more information about CCDPH Public Health Nursing, click here.

Lead Poisoning Prevention & Healthy Homes

 

 

This department does the following:

  • works with the state to ensure accurate reporting of children with elevated blood-lead levels;
  • provides education and outreach to parents, schools, healthcare, childcare providers, and community-based organizations;
  • works to advance policies that support healthy homes; and
  • administers the Lead Prevention Program grant, which provides funds to property owners to remediate identified lead hazards. Cook County has a Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Reduction Grant  program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that runs through May 2025.

 


Additional Lead Resources

For more information about lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes, click on the links below or contact CCDPH staff at 312-515-0366.

Updated June 14, 2024, 11:18 AM