National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 21-27, 2018


Join us during this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week as we raise awareness about lead poisoning.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is October 21-27, 2018. NLPPW aims to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments to work together to reduce childhood exposure to lead.

Our NLPPW2018 toolkit can help you to get the word out on social media. UPDATED


NCHH will host a Twitter chat for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. The theme is “Taking Action for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention,” and all are invited to participate. RSVP here!

The #NLPPWchat aims to:

  • Discuss lead poisoning prevention and response
  • Raise awareness about the sources of lead exposure
  • Share helpful initiatives, policies, and resources

Additional information, including chat questions and formatting information, is available here (downloads automatically).

UPDATE (October 24): The chat was an incredible success, and we thank everyone who helped to make #NLPPWchat so insightful.

Scroll through the tweets on Wakelet.

If you missed this chat and would like to be notified about future social media events, contact Christopher Bloom.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Grant Announcement

We’re kicking off National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week with an announcement of lead poisoning prevention grants. Get the details here.

NLPPW Blog Series

On Tuesday, October 23, NCHH will publish a suite of guest blogs written by four of our 2017 Lead Poisoning Awareness Community Mini-Grant award recipients. The blogs are a great way to learn about what kinds of activities are possible with a smaller grant, in this case $5,000, as well as pointers on how to create your own successful event.

As a special bonus, we’ll also have a consumer guest blog, “When ‘Special’ Eguals ‘Sick,'” on Thursday, October 25. Find it here.

Official NLPPW2018 Campaign Materials

Here are the official agency materials for promoting National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018:

Federal Agency Webinars:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborate with their partners every year on a national outreach effort to observe National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). There are three key themes this year: “Get the Facts”: learning about the hazards of lead; “Get Your Home Tested”: Learn how to minimize risks of lead exposure by hiring a certified professional to test older homes for lead; and “Get Your Child Tested”: a simple blood test can detect lead. 

Get the Facts on Lead Poisoning
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET


  • Dr. Warren Friedman, Senior Advisor to the Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
  • Dr. Timothy Dignam, Acting Chief of the Lead Poison Prevention Section in CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health
  • Michelle Price, Chief of the Lead, Heavy Metals, and Inorganics Branch in EPA’s National Program Chemicals Division.

Register here for Get the Facts on Lead Poisoning on October 23. Webinar ID: 222-661-691

Get Your Child Tested
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET


  • Dr. Jennifer Lowry, Pediatrician and Toxicologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
  • Ms. Mary Beth Hance, Senior Policy Advisor in the Division of Quality and Health Outcomes, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Sharunda Buchanan, Director of the Office of Priority Projects and Innovation, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC
  • Ms. Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

Register here for Get Your Child Tested on October 24.

Get Your Home Tested
Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET


  • Mr. Bruce Haber, Director of HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes’ Program and Regulatory Support Division
  • Ms. Shannon Steinbauer, Director of the Office’s Lead and Healthy Homes Programs Grants Services Division

Register here for Get Your Home Tested on October 25.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NCHH Webinar: Making an Impact!

NCHH and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition created a webinar entitled Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: Making an Impact! Watch the webinar to learn:

  • Clear actions and tools to plan a successful event
  • How to engage traditional media effectively
  • Simple steps to use social media to create buzz
  • How to engage and invite elected officials
  • Tools to easily include families impacted by lead and elevate their stories to increase understanding, awareness, and political will

Webinar resources:

  1. Planning Events
    Webinar | PowerPoint: slides and notes
  2. Effectively Engage Traditional Media
    Webinar | PowerPoint: slides and notes
  3. Building a Case for Elected Officials
    Webinar | PowerPoint: slides and notes
  4. Sharing Your Stories
    Webinar | PowerPoint: slides and notes
  5. Social Media
    Webinar | PowerPoint: slides and notes

Planning an Event? 
Share information about your event with others worldwide by registering your activity on the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Note that we may still be showing some links to resources from the 2017 Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. We’ll share updated links for 2018 as soon as they become available.

10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, released a seminal report in 2017, 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure. The Health Impact Project is a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policymakers.

The 10 Policies report is an excellent resource to use during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Learn more about it here.

Additional Related Resources

While the following materials aren’t specific to National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, they are popular materials that we’ve shared with many who were interested to learn how lead exposure affects them and their loved ones.