Decreasing the Impact of Elevated Lead Levels in Lane County

Katie Moreland, Western Oregon University

This presentation was delivered on May 28, 2020 at Western Oregon University Academic Excellence Showcase (Monmouth, OR).


Although average blood lead levels have decreased since the 1970s, certain groups are affected at higher rates, including minority groups, those of low economic status and those on Medicaid. Even low-dose exposure contributes to long-lasting and damaging health effects. Blood lead levels above 5 micrograms/deciliter can result in decreased IQ, decreased attention and academic achievement, behavior problems, increased risk of violence, and delinquency. The purpose of this research was to provide evidence-based practices for the prevention and treatment of elevated blood lead levels in children by guiding education and policy development within the Lane County Public Health Department (LCPH). To meet this aim, research databases were utilized to find evidence-based interventions from the individual level to the policy level. In addition, educational presentations, a resource packet, and a policy proposal were provided to LCPH for continued education and outreach. These items were effective in increasing knowledge and awareness of various lead exposure topics and therefore should be considered in the continued effort to reduce childhood lead exposure in Oregon and nationally.


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