Why are so few children tested for elevated blood lead levels in Saint Joseph County?
ND LIT is looking into ways to improve testing rates for children under the age of six in Saint Joseph County.
In the past, ND LIT has analyzed countywide data for lead tests and determined which areas of the county are most at risk for lead exposure. This report is being used to organize and facilitate our current strategy in increasing the lead testing rate.
In addition to past efforts, currently, a group of researchers is looking into gaining information on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of medical providers in the county in regards to lead exposure. The information gained from this study can be used going forward to create new strategies tailored to medical providers to potentially influence the testing rate.