Lead Exposure in Pennsylvania Leads to Lead Screenings


A new Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) report shows that one in three babies on Medicaid do not get tested as required and babies in rural counties test positive at the same rate as babies in urban/suburban areas. Two new reports, the 2020 Childhood Lead Surveillance Report and the 2017-2018 Birth Cohort Analysis provide key data highlights and a comprehensive presentation recording that led to a great conversation about lead in paint as the primary source of exposure in the commonwealth, the need for high-risk mapping at the municipal level for effective health planning, and more. DOH also published a peer-reviewed article about their cohort data.