Childhood Lead Exposure

Screening rates of 1 and 2 year olds have vastly improved in Coös over the past 5 years. In states like New Hampshire, with the majority of homes built before the 1978 ban on lead-paint, it is too common that children are exposed to lead. Because even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement, preventing and addressing exposure is critical to children’s long term health.

In 2015, 74% of 1-year olds, and 67% of 2-year olds were screened for elevated blood lead levels, compared to 29% and 23%, respectively, in 2010.

Data Source: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Healthy Homes and Environment Section