Healthy Homes Program
ZMCHD has several different programs that work with lead poisoning and healthy homes issues.
This information will help differentiate the various programs and what is covered by each.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Lead poisoning is the most common chronic poisoning and environmental illness in United States. Lead poisoning is an elevation of the lead level in the body. It may cause damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, and headaches. Even at low levels elevated blood lead levels have been linked to a decrease in IQ. The Centers for Disease Control has defined an Elevated Blood Lead Level (EBL) as a level exceeding 10 ug/dl. Click here for more information.
Case Management Services
A public health nurse provides education, brochures and cleaning kits for families who have a child with a confirmed lead level of 10 ug/dl or above. These referrals come from the Ohio Department of Health. The case manager follows the family until the lead level goes below 10 ug/dl for at least 6 months. This service is provided through an unfunded Memorandum of Understanding with the Ohio Department of Health. Contact Carol Howdyshell firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SE Regional Support Program Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention
The coordinator and lead risk assessor for the program covers 17 counties in SE Ohio to provide training, literature and outreach materials regarding healthy homes to various agencies and medical providers. They provide direct services, consultation and technical assistance to communities to address lead poisoning prevention and the principles of maintaining a healthy home. Contact Linda Barker for more information or to schedule a training.
Muskingum Healthy Homes Collaborative
Agencies meet together bi-monthly to discuss improvement of healthy housing issues in the community. Some agencies involved are: Help Me Grow, Job & Family Services, City of Zanesville Code Enforcement, City of Zanesville Housing & Rehab, Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority, Children Services, Rambo Memorial Health Center, Muskingum County Community Development and the Zanesville City Fire Department. Contact Marsha Zayac email@example.com for more information.
Healthy Homes are Happy Homes