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Lead-Safe Kids



The Cambridge Public Health Department’s Lead-Safe Kids program works to prevent and treat childhood lead poisoning. Staff members work closely with participating families to make their homes safer.

Services

The Lead-Safe Kids program is free and includes many services for children with elevated lead levels. Our staff can:

  • Make a visual assessment of lead hazards in your home.
  • Offer education and counseling on reducing lead hazards in your home.
  • Give you written materials in your family’s spoken language.
  • Provide helpful safety and prevention items at no cost.
  • Connect your family to other services, such as community service agencies, the city’s Inspectional Services Department, deleading programs, and financial assistance programs to help pay for deleading.
  • Work with the child’s doctor, state lead program staff, and others to ensure medical follow-up.

The Lead-Safe Kids program offers case management to families until their child’s lead levels falls below 5.

Who Do We Serve?

Lead-Safe Kids serve children with elevated lead levels of who meet the following criteria:

  • Are under age 6.
  • Referred by the state’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program or a medical provider.
  • Live in one of 34 service areas: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Needham, North Reading, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn.

Lead-Safe Kids also offers informational visits to Cambridge families whose children do not have elevated lead levels, but are interested in learning more about lead safety.

How to Contact Us


Medical Providers:

Medical providers can call Gloria Mejia at 617-665-3863, or email gmejia@challiance.org.

When you contact us, please provide the following information:

  • Medical provider name and contact number
  • Patient information
    • Child’s name (proper spelling, no nicknames)
    • Date of birth
    • Parent or guardian name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Medications
    • Lead test level, type (cap or venous) and date
    • Special concerns (for example: home renovations, parent occupation)

Parents and Caregivers:

Families can contact Gloria Mejia at 617-665-3863 or email gmejia@challiance.org with questions, concerns, or requests for information. 

When you contact us, please provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Phone number
  • Your question or request

 

Posted on July 22, 2013

 

CONTACT US

Alicia Morris
Healthy Homes Program
amorris@challiance.org
617-665-3831 (English)

Gloria Mejia
Healthy Homes Program
gmejia@challiance.org
617-665-3863 (Spanish/Portuguese)


Get Your Child Tested For Lead, a video from the Cambridge Public Health Department.


RESOURCES

Healthy Homes
Brochure

English (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)