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Bureau of Lead Poisoning Prevention

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)

Young Children

Lead poisoning remains a significant health concern for young children, yet it is entirely preventable. Lead harms children’s nervous systems and is associated with reduced IQ, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.

While lead paint in homes built before 1978 continues to be the most common source of lead exposure, there are other sources of lead that can poison a child or adult such as take-home lead from work and casting of bullets or fishing sinkers. Although lead poisoning can cause serious health problems--including death--most lead-poisoned children demonstrate no visible symptoms. This makes it much more important to have an effective program to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

CLPPP in Iowa

The CLPPP works to reduce the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning in Iowa through the following activities:

  • Identification and case management for children with elevated blood lead levels;
  • Identification and control of lead paint hazards;
  • Surveillance of elevated blood lead levels in children to monitor progress; and
  • Provide education and outreach regarding childhood lead poisoning in communities and promote community involvement.

The target population for this program is all Iowa children under the age of six years. State and local funds are used to carry out the program statewide through a combination of direct services, contracts and technical assistance to Title V child health clinics and public health agencies. The community partners in this program are local health departments, Title V child health clinics, health care providers, area education agencies, and housing agencies.

CLPPP Resources

January 27, 2014 - Registration & FY15 CLPPP Application Process Training Webinar Materials.