The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will be offering free lead screenings for children six months to six years old in Jennings.
On Thursday, Oct. 26, the Saint Louis Department of Public Health will offer the screenings at Fairview, Northview, and Woodland Elementary Schools, in addition to walk-in screenings at the Gary Gore Community Education Center.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said he recommended every child that’s eligible to partake in the free screenings.
“Give the danger inherent in exposure to lead as a child, I highly encourage everyone eligible for these screenings to take part,” Stenger said in a written statement.
In addition to the lead screenings, there will also be a “lunch-‘n’-learn” event being offered to the community in Jennings. The event will help teach attendees about the dangers of lead poisoning, how to prevent it and what can be done to eliminate lead in the community.
“We’re quite excited about being able to offer this service in Jennings,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. “Along with the county executive, I would like to strongly urge everyone eligible for these screenings to participate.”
The lead screenings are being funded by a $5,000 mini-grant awarded to the department by the National Center for Healthy Housing. In addition to the screenings, educational materials and lead cleanup kits will be made available to members of the community.
For more information about the department’s Healthy Homes program or about the dangers of lead poisoning, visit their website.