FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – A state grant value as much as $439,000 will help the Allen County Division of Well being’s ongoing efforts to scale back the dangerous results of lead on youngsters.
The Division’s Wholesome Houses Program works with households, well being care suppliers and different businesses to forestall lead poisoning in youngsters by training, screening, case administration and enforcement of wholesome housing practices, in response to a Division of Well being media launch.
“This grant will assist present training, lead case administration and lead supply identification to youngsters underneath 7 and their households as we help them in making knowledgeable selections about their youngsters’s well being,” mentioned Josh Blauvelt, Vector Management and Wholesome Houses Program Coordinator for the Division of Well being’s Division of Environmental Companies. “Even at very low ranges, lead publicity could cause critical well being issues, which suggests testing and early intervention are extraordinarily vital.”
Publicity to guide could cause mind harm, slowed development and growth, behavioral issues, and listening to and speech issues, the media launch mentioned.
Usually, Allen County has greater than 4,000 lead screenings annually, and dozens of youngsters with elevated lead ranges are referred to the well being division for case administration companies, division officers mentioned.
“Funding is vital to addressing all public well being points, and this grant permits us to proceed the mandatory and vital struggle towards lead and its results,” mentioned division head Mindy Waldron.
The division is amongst 150 amenities which have been awarded greater than $35 million underneath the Well being Points and Challenges Program — an Indiana Division of Well being initiative authorised by the Indiana Normal Meeting for 2021 with funding from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act has been authorised.