Lead screenings in Maine
Why This Indicator Matters
CDC Fact Sheet on elevated lead levels in children
In Maine, since 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services has directed that children who live in high-risk areas be universally screened for elevated blood levels between their first and second birthdays.
What the data shows:
In 2018, 51.2% children ages 12 -24 months were screened for blood lead, down from 54.8% in 2017. In fact, the total number screened of 6,463 was the lowest number screened since 2010. In three counties – Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln – less than 40% were screened for blood lead. Piscataquis County had the lowest rate of screening children for lead at 23.2%.
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Definitions: Children can be given a blood test to measure the level of lead in their blood. This measure shows the number and percent of lead screenings for children ages 12 -24 months as that is the recommended time for the screening. For percent of screenings, the numerator is the estimated number of children ages 12 -24 month who received lead screenings and the denominator is the number of children ages 12 -24 months. Note that a blood lead test is considered a "screening test" only when a child has no prior history of a confirmed blood lead at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL).
Footnotes: Data last uploaded August 2020.
Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine KIDS COUNT Project
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Helen Hemminger, Research and KIDS COUNT Associate
The Maine Children's Alliance advocates for sound public policies and promotes best practices to improve the lives of all Maine's children, youth and families.