Firstly, let’s note the obvious. The City Department of St. Louis is in partnership with the Public Schools system, in an effort to expand versus childhood lead poisoning by providing some screening services that will allow for eligible SLPS students. The City is addressing the news of serious lead poisoning versus lead screening with surveillance and case management for kids under six and such. The declining trends of childhood cases create elevated blood lead levels. The Director of Health for the City of St. Louis believes that “Exposure to lead can have a wide range of effects on a child’s development and behavior.” The name of the Director is Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis. From such a perspective the nursing staff “will work to ensure young students are appropriately screened and promptly connected to medical case management to avoid the long term harmful impacts of lead.”
Furthermore, Lead Screening Is A Light Solution To A Heavy Problem
In specific, the lead screening clinic schedules Patrick Henry Elementary for December 15th. However, this will not be the only one. There are additional clinics to be scheduled at SLPS for more screening for all eligible students, with parental consent. The Nurse and Lead Safe St. Louis Nurse Case Manager, with coordinated dissemination and completion of parents and caregivers consent packets, right before scheduled clinic days. The whole screening process takes only about fifteen minutes or so for each kid. According to the SLPS Superintendent Dr. Kelvin R. Adams, “The main goal of this partnership is to support new and returning Pre-K students by providing annual testing of lead levels, as mandated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.”
The DOH works carefully with the city of St. Louis Building Division refers to the address of potential exposure for inspection and lead remediation. The city’s lead program evolves from its inception in 2003. There are several improvements with the coordination and communication efforts alongside departments.