Children under age 7 screened for lead poisoning in Louisiana

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Why This Indicator Matters

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, exposure to lead is "the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in Louisiana." There is no safe level of lead for children, and elevated levels can have lifelong impacts on children. Screening is essential to identify and address lead poisoning in young children.
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Definitions: Number - the number of children who received a blood test for lead poisoning.
Percent - the number of children who received a blood test for lead poisoning per 100 children under the age of seven in the population.

Data Source: Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP), by special request.

Percentages for 2011 were calculated by Agenda for Children using population estimates available through  "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2019." Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/

Footnotes: Data on the parish in which a child lives was missing for many records, and was thus unreportable. As a result, the statewide data is larger than the sum of the parish-level data.

The data source has not published new data for this indicator in recent years, but the indicator will be updated on the KIDS COUNT Data Center when new data are released. Until then, these data may provide useful historical information for those working in this field.