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EPA Lead Program
Grant Fact Sheet

Identifying Medicaid Children for
Obligatory Screening

Lexington, Kentucky

EPA has selected the University of Kentucky
Research Foundation in Lexington, KY for a
Targeted Lead Grant.

The Foundation will use the grant money to
provide outreach information to the population
and health providers in five counties in
Kentucky, and to collect information from the
population and health providers to increase
blood lead screening for Medicaid-enrolled
children.

Medicaid enrolled children ages 0 to 72 months
were reported as having three times the risk for
elevated blood lead levels than their non-
Medicaid peers, but had much lower screening
rates. In 2005, the lead screening rate was
8.7% statewide, but was estimated at only
2.26% for Medicaid-enrolled children, even
though Federal regulations mandate that all
Medicaid-enrolled children be lead tested at
one and two years of age.

Partnering with the eight identified local health
providers in the five-county area, the University will

	increase the screening rates for Medicaid-enrolled children

	educate health providers and enable them to focus the message on their clientele, and

	conduct data gathering, patient screening, residential inspections and risk assessments.

The results of this project can be extrapolated to other counties and States with Medicaid-enrolled
children.

EPA's Targeted Lead Grants

EPA's Targeted Lead Grant Program funds
projects in areas with high incidences of
children with elevated blood-lead levels in
vulnerable populations. In 2007 the Agency
awarded more than $5.2 Million in grants
under this ambitious program. These
targeted grants are intended to address
immediate needs of the communities in
which they are awarded, and will also
highlight lead poison prevention strategies
that can be used in similar communities
across the country.

EPA's lead program is playing a major role
in meeting the federal goal of eliminating
childhood lead poisoning as a major public
health concern by 2010, and the projects
supported by these grant funds are an
important part of this ongoing effort.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control in 1978 there were 13.5 million
children in the US with elevated blood lead
levels. By 2002, that number had dropped
to 310,000.

For more information about EPA's Lead
Program, visit www.epa.gov/lead or call
the National Lead Information Center at
1-800-424-LEAD.

2007 Targeted Lead Grant Program

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

www.epa.gov/lead


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