Mississippi's Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program coordinates statewide efforts to eliminate lead poisoning in children less than 72 months of age, and to reduce the exposure of families to health hazards in the home environment.
- Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead poisoning is one of the most preventable environmental health problems affecting young children. Children can be exposed to lead from lead-based paint, dust, batteries, keys, and imported vinyl and plastic mini-blinds made before 1997.
The Mississippi State Department of Health does environmental assessments of dwellings frequented by children with elevated blood lead levels. These are defined as a single venous blood lead level ≥ 15 μg/dL. Read more
- Healthy Homes
A healthy home is designed, constructed and maintained to support the health of its residents. A healthy home is safer for both adults and children; it reduces the threat of health problems from long-term exposure to pollutants; and a healthy home can mean fewer episodes of asthma and other respiratory difficulties. Read more
- Safe Sleep Environment
A safe sleep environment reduces the risk of injury and death to infants when sleeping. Remember the ABCS for a safe sleep environment for an infant – Alone on their Back in an empty Crib in a Smoke-free environment. Eliminating risk factors such as secondhand smoke and overheating also reduce an infant's risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Read more
For more information, contact the MSLPPHHP at 601-576-7619, or write to:
Mississippi Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216