50-State Scan of Lead Screening and Treatment Policies for Children and Pregnant Women

lead paint on wallThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children in 4 million households are exposed to high levels of lead. Elevated blood lead levels increase risk for damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, and learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems, along with long-term financial financial and health implications.

In 2018, NASHP scanned state health care policies in all 50 states and Washington, DC that promoted lead screening and treatment for children and pregnant women. The review, which included metrics, incentives, provider guidelines, CHIP abatement coverage, and reporting requirements, has been summarized in a new 50-State Scan of State Health Care Delivery Policies Promoting Lead Screening and Treatment.

NASHP, in partnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), developed this resource as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Environmental Health (MCEH) Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN).


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UJ9MC31105 – Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) for $849.999. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US government.