FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2008
Health Department holds special lead testing clinics
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department will conduct a series of special lead testing clinics for Lead Hazard Awareness Week from Oct. 19-25. The clinics will be:
• Oct. 21 from 9-10 a.m., for blood lead screening of children at Richard C. Green Head Start, 10301 E. 350 Highway
• Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for blood lead screening of children at Thomas Roque Head Start, 3800 E. 51st St.
• Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., for lead testing of toys, jewelry, dishes and other household products at the Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave.
Educational material will be available at the Health Department during the week.
“Lead remains the No. 1 environmental hazard for children,” said Amy Roberts, program manager of the Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. “The community needs to be aware of that danger, get children tested regularly, use caution when renovating and pay attention to product recalls.”
Blood lead testing, screening of children in daycares and home visits for families with lead-poisoned children are available through the Health Department. To schedule an appointment for a lead test or a screening at your day care, call (816) 513-6048.
For more information on childhood lead poisoning prevention, visit the Health Department Web site at www.kcmo.org/health.
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to the Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).