Detroit Evening Report: Michigan Health Department Announces Expansion of Childhood Blood Lead Data

Nargis Rahman

More than 3,400 children had high blood levels in 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency released new data on blood levels and children. It comes after the ministry updated its definition of high blood lead in May 2022.

Following in the CDC’s footsteps, the new definition includes lower blood lead levels than before. This information helps to identify more children who need public health services. Children can be exposed to lead from paint in homes built before 1978, as in many homes in Detroit.

Information can be found using the Michigan Environmental Health Tracking Program (MiTracking) at michigan.gov/mitracking.

Data on Michigan children with blood lead levels of 3.5 µg/dL and above is available through MiTracking. Prior to this expansion, data was available for blood lead levels of 5 µg/dL and above.

“MDHHS is committed to preventing Michigan children from being exposed to lead,” Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Chief Medical Officer, said in a press release. “Public health officials, healthcare providers and the general public can access the data to learn about the prevalence of blood lead levels in children in their communities and make informed decisions about lead prevention efforts. lead exposure in children.

Michigan residents can visit Michigan.gov/MiLeadSafe for more information on lead hazards, blood lead testing, and lead services.

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  • Nargis Hakim Rahman is the civic reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman is a graduate of Wayne State University, where she was part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.

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