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Blood Lead Testing

Lead poisoning affects the brain (thinking) abilities of children.  It will affect their ability to learn in school. 

Testing for blood lead is required for kids on Medicaid.  It is recommended that testing be done at: 

  • 12 months
  • Again at 24 months.  
  • If not previously tested , by the time a child enters pre-school or school.

Most areas in our tri-county area (Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joseph counties) have shown "At Risk" housing or other sources that promote lead poisoning.  All children who are determined to be at risk by a screening questionnaire process should be tested for blood lead.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to have the blood lead level checked at the appropriate intervals with visits to their physician for well-child examinations.  Otherwise testing is available through our Agency by special arrangement.  Screening for eligibility and appropriate testing is reviewed.  Children may be screened through our WIC Nutrition Program or through immunizations.

Questions regarding testing can be answered at the following numbers: 

Coldwater  517-279-9561 ext. 0132#
Hillsdale  517-437-7395 ext. 0321#
Three Rivers  269-273-2161 ext. 0207#

The Community Health Agency also offers follow-up services for children with elevated blood leads by doing home assessments to determine sources of the lead.  We also have referral procedures for children who need medical attention for their lead poisoning.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on lead poisoning visit the website of the  Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
 

570 N. Marshall Rd
Coldwater, MI  49036

517-279-9561
20 Care Drive
Hillsdale, MI 49242

517-437-7395
1110 Hill St.
Three Rivers, MI  49093

269-273-2161
 
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