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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention - All Resources

Educational Videos

It's Important to Test Your Child for Lead

Preventing Childhood Lead Exposures

Lowering Blood Lead Levels with Good Hygiene and Proper Nutrition

Repairing Residential Lead Based Paint Hazards

Lead Exposure Risk Model

Childhood Lead Program Video Training Modules

The following video training modules provide a general overview of topics related to lead poisoning prevention in Iowa.  Each module contains educational information related to a specific topic on lead, followed by a short quiz to test your knowledge, and a training certificate.  Training modules were developed to provide information to the general public, medical providers, public health professionals, child health service organizations, and anyone interested in learning more about lead poisoning prevention programs and services in Iowa.

The training modules are a collaborative effort between the Iowa Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy at the University of Iowa.

Click here to start an online training session or click on one of the modules below.

Training Module 3: Blood Lead TestingModule 1 Training: Sources and Impacts of LeadTraining Module 2: Lead and Housing
Training Module 4: Intervention Services

Training Module 5: Lead Professional Certification





Education & Outreach Materials





Childhood Lead Program Meetings & Presentations

March 2, 2021 - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Meeting

October 14, 2020 - IEHA Virtual Conference

Zip Code Matters: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention – Let’s Look at the Root Cause

Learning Collaborative on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

August 25, 2021
August 5, 2020

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Childhood Lead Program Guidelines & Recommendations

NEW - Updated Screening Tool and Blood Lead Testing Recommendations for Children 12 and 24 Months of Age:

Iowa HHS recommends all medical providers, pediatricians, and public health professionals conducting blood lead screening and testing on children under 6 years in age begin using the updated screening tool and implementing the new blood lead testing guidelines within their practices.

Additional Resources

State Hygienic Lab Blood Lead Analysis Guidelines & Testing Supplies

Iowa HHS recommends medical providers and clinicians continue testing children during the LeadCare test kit recall and supply shortage. The Iowa State Hygienic Lab (SHL) in Ankeny, Iowa has provided the following guidelines and testing supply forms for LeadCare II users.  Visit the CDC for additional information and updates on the LeadCare test kit recall.

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Lead Laws and Codes

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Lead Professional Certification

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Additional Resources & Information

Toxic Effects of Lead Posters

The Toxic Effects of Lead on Children poster uses simple visual and text content to educate on the impacts of lead poisoning to a child's health and develpoment. The printed poster is 24" x 36" in size and can be displayed on walls or doors in pediatric or provider offices, schools, daycares, head start program facilities, and public health buildings. Posters can also be downloaded and used for social media, presentations, or posting online. The Toxic Effects of Lead on Children poster is currently available in English and Spanish.

For questions or information on obtaining printed posters email Kevin Officer at

Toxic Effects of Lead on Children Poster    Efectos Toxicos Del Plomo En Los Ninos

Iowa County Lead Report Cards - 2021

In 2021, Iowa increased the number and rate of children under 6 years of age receiving a blood lead test, by 2,568 and 1.46 percent, compared to testing in 2020.  The largest increases in the number and rate of testing occurred in children 2 years (906, 3.12%) and 3 years (954, 2.64%) of age. Increases were also seen in children ages 1 year (83, 1.13%), 4 years (342, 1.04%), and 5 years (349, 0.90%) of age in 2021. Statewide blood lead testing rates for children 1 year and 2 years of age continued to fall below the below the state goal of 75 percent, with 71 percent of 1 year old and 39 percent of 2-year-old children tested in 2021. Post-pandemic testing continues to lag behind pre-pandemic testing by -1.8 percent or 9,368 fewer children tested.

County lead report cards provide blood lead testing rates and lead risk factor information for all 99 counties and the state as a whole.  Each report card includes key data points on the front and educational information about the effects of lead poisoning on the back.  Report cards for each county can be printed and handed out to medical providers, clinicians, local public health officials, and other child health service providers as a way to increase awareness about the health impacts of lead poisoning on children.

The 2021 Iowa county lead report cards were developed in collaboration with the Iowa Childhood Lead Advisory Workgroup (CLAW), Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy, and the Iowa Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Click here to download a copy of the 2021 Iowa County Lead Report Card.  Instructions for finding and printing your county’s report card can be found on page 2.

Iowa Childhood Lead Advisory Workgroup (CLAW)

The Iowa Department of  Health and Human Serivces (Iowa HHS), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) and the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) have collaborated to form a statewide workgroup to facilitate improved outreach, education, and program changes to prevent childhood lead poisoning in Iowa. The Childhood Lead Advisory Workgroup (CLAW) members include local housing officials, medical professionals, public health officials, elected officials as well as other child health and housing services professionals. The group, formed in 2020, develops comprehensive strategies to prevent childhood lead poisoning through statewide policy and program changes.


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Additional Resources

Where can I get more information on preventing lead poisoning?

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

Call for current information about lead poisoning prevention in Iowa. Toll-free: 800-972-2026

Hearing impaired, call Relay Iowa 800-735-2942 or Fax: 515-281-4529

Contact your city or county lead program, health department, or housing agency for local rules on lead-based paint activities.

Iowa Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Steve Eggleston, Field Office Director
Des Moines Field Office
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
210 Walnut Street, Room 937
Des Moines Iowa 50309
Office: (515) 323-2462
Cell: (720) 219-9495
Fax: (515) 284-4743

Lead Reduction Grant Program Outreach and Marketing ToolPDF

Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes grant programsPDF

National Lead Information Center Clearinghouse

The National Lead Information Center can provide a variety of resource materials, including the following guides to lead-safe work practices.

  • Steps to Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting
  • Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
  • Lead in Your Home: A Parent’s Reference Guide

These materials are available by calling 800-424-LEAD (5323) or online at

Hearing impaired, call TDD 800-526-5456 or Fax: 301-585-7976 

EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline

Call for information about lead in drinking water. Toll-free:800-426-4791

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Hotline

To request information on lead in consumer products or to report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury, call 800-638-2772.

Internet :

Hearing impaired, call TDD 800-638-8270.

EPA Regional Office

Your Regional EPA Office can provide further information regarding regulations and lead protection programs. Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)

11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219

Toll-free: 913-551-7003

CPSC Regional Office Consumer Product Safety Commission

Central Regional Center, 230 South Dearborn Street, Room 2944, Chicago, IL 60604-1601

Toll-free: 312-353-826