Oct 25 2017

Free Lead Screenings in Jennings


On Thursday, October 26th, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health will be offering free lead screenings to all children six months to six years of age who live in Jennings. The service is being funded by a mini-grant from the National Center for Healthy Housing.

“Given the dangers inherent in exposure to lead as a child, I highly encourage everyone eligible for these screenings to take part,” said County Executive Steve Stenger.

The screenings are being offered this week to coincide with Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which this year runs from October 22nd – 28th. The annual event aims to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments work together to reduce childhood exposure to lead.

In addition to screenings being offered to students at Fairview, Northview, and Woodland Elementary Schools, walk-in screenings will be available for any Jennings resident aged six months to six years of age at the Gary Gore Community Education Center on Thursday, October 26th, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is located at 2545 Dorwood Drive in Jennings (63136).

“We’re quite excited about being able to offer this service in Jennings,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health. “Along with the county executive, I would like to strongly urge everyone eligible for these screenings to participate.”

In addition to the lead screenings, a “lunch-‘n’-learn” is being offered to community stakeholders in the City of Jennings as well as to staff and officials in the Jennings School District. The “lunch-‘n’-learn” will teach attendees about the dangers of lead poisoning, how to prevent lead poisoning, and what can be done to eliminate lead in the community.

The lead screenings are being funded by a $5,000 mini-grant awarded to the department by the National Center for Healthy Housing. In addition to the screenings, educational materials and lead cleanup kits will be made available to members of the community.

For more information about the department’s Healthy Homes program or about the dangers of lead poisoning, please visit:
http://www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/EnvironmentalServices/HealthyHomes-LeadPoisoningPreventionProgram
For more information about the National Center for Healthy Housing and Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, please visit:
http://www.nchh.org/Policy/NationalSafeandHealthyHousingCoalition/LeadPoisoningPreventionWeek2017.aspx

Support for this event was provided in part by the National Center for Healthy Housing. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the center.






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