What lead poisoning data are available on the data portal?
Maine tracks the following measures associated with childhood lead poisoning.
- Estimates of the Number and Percentage of Children Less than 3 Years Old with Lead Poisoning (Blood Lead Levels >5 ug/dL)
- Blood Lead Screening
- Risk Factors (Homes Built Before 1950 and Poverty)
Lead poisoning and screening data are available for single or combined years for 2004-2019. Data about age of housing and poverty levels are from the 2000 census and the 2014-2018 American Community Survey.
When possible, data are provided for different age groups and for the following geographic breakdowns.
- High-Risk Areas
Data for towns and high-risk areas are able to be viewed using enhanced maps, with features such as high-resolution background styles, improved zoom, and turning on and off layers. For guidance use the Enhanced Map Tip Sheet.
Why track childhood lead poisoning?
Lead has been banned in most consumer goods for decades, but old lead paint is still found in many of Maine's older homes, making it a persistent health threat. Tracking lead poisoning data and risk factors such as age of housing and poverty levels allow us to identify areas in need of public health interventions and evaluate prevention efforts.
Where can I learn more about lead poisoning?
- Find lead poisoning data for other states on the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
- Read about how the Maine Tracking Network provides the data that is driving Maine's community-based prevention strategy
- Get information on preventing lead poisoning
- Find Maine's lead poisoning screening, testing, and follow-up guidelines
- Link to Maine's laws related to childhood lead poisoning
- Get state and national resources related to housing and lead from the Maine State Housing Authority and the National Center for Healthy Housing