Health Indicator Report of Mean Blood Lead Levels among Children
Lead can disrupt the normal growth and development of a child's brain and central nervous system. Children may be exposed to lead in lead-based paint; some imported goods such as toys, cosmetics, candy, and spices; some herbal remedies and folk medicines; lead pipes; and ceramic pottery.[https://nj.gov/health/childhoodlead/documents/knowlead_poster_english.pdf ^1^]
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective MCH-12.
Data SourceLeadTrax, Office of Local Public Health, New Jersey Department of Health
DefinitionMean (average) blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years
NumeratorSum of blood lead levels in each child aged 1-5 years
DenominatorTotal number of children aged 1-5 years
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the mean blood lead levels in childrenU.S. Target: 1.6 ug/dL average blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years
State Target: 1.5 ug/dL average blood lead level in children aged 1-5 years
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective MCH-12''': Reduce mean blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years to an average blood lead level of <=1.5 mcg/dL. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective MCH-12''': Reduce mean blood lead levels in children aged 1-5 years to an average blood lead level of <=2.9 mcg/dL.
How Are We Doing?The average blood lead level of children aged 1-5 years is declining. The original Healthy New Jersey 2020 target of 2.9 mcg/dL was met in 2007-2010 and the new target of 1.5 mcg/dL was met in 2017-2020.
Available ServicesCDC Lead Poisoning Prevention: [https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/prevention/default.htm] Consumer Product Safety Commission (lead recalls in consumer products): [https://cpsc.gov/]
Health Program InformationNJDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: [http://www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/]
Page Content Updated On 11/10/2022, Published on 11/10/2022