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 Lead Poisoning Prevention

Childhood exposure to lead contributes to developmental and intellectual disabilities, higher rates of neurobehavioral disorders such as hyperactivity and attention deficits, and lower birth weight in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4 million households have exposed children to high levels of lead. Many state agencies, including Title V programs, have prioritized addressing harmful environmental exposures, including lead. State and community response to reduce lead exposure in maternal and child health populations requires a comprehensive, coordinated approach.

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Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN)

AMCHP was awarded a grant to lead a national MCEH CoIIN from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant aims to build state capacity to improve systems of care to address the needs of maternal, infant and child populations that are at risk for or experience exposure to lead.

MCEH CoIIN State MapAMCHP worked with partners at the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, National Academy for State Health Policy, and National Environmental Health Association to provide technical assistance to nine state teams through the MCEH CoIIN.

With the ultimate goal of decreasing maternal and child morbidity and mortality associated with exposure to lead, this project supported multi-disciplinary state teams to increase in the number of infants and children that have access to a system of coordinated care to address their needs due to lead exposure.

Banner image of MCH Lead ToolkitExplore Our Toolkit!

AMCHP is pleased to share this interactive MCH Lead Toolkit, which was designed to share the lessons learned, best practices and resources from the MCEH CoIIN. The toolkit was developed to help public health professionals access lead poisoning prevention resources, strategies, tools, and ideas that they can replicate or adapt in their states and communities. The toolkit features:

  • Easy navigation to meet your needs – you choose how you go through the toolkit and which sections you use
  • Interactive action center organized by focus areas for systems change (Family Engagement and Partnership, Clinical Settings, and more!)
  • Case studies from nine state teams that tested out innovative practices and quality improvement methods
  • Tip sheets and resources
  • Searchable resource index 

You can access the toolkit at www.MCHLeadToolkit.org.

Additional Resources from the MCEH CoIIN

  • Guidelines for Exposure to Lead during Pregnancy and Childhood: AMCHP and MotherToBaby are excited to announce new web pages designed for professionals and identify guidelines and best practices for surveillance, screening, anticipatory guidance, and management of exposure to lead during pregnancy and childhood. 

CoIIN Community

The Collaboratory for the MCEH is an online platform that is meant to encourage and enable the continuous spread of the best practices and innovation among project participants. Participating state teams can log-in to access the online community and the data management system. Other interested individuals can request access to join the community portion of the CoLab. Visit https://mcehcoiin.community.nichq.org for more information.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UJ9MC31105 – Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) for $849.999. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US government.