SSG Blog

Data Insights for Action: Leveraging Software in Lead Poisoning Prevention Strategies

Posted on March 22nd, 2024   |   SSG

Lead poisoning remains a significant public health concern, particularly for children under the age of six. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even low levels of lead exposure can negatively impact a child’s cognitive development, behavior, and physical health. 

“The evidence is clear. Children exposed to lead are more likely to face adverse health impacts and other serious challenges throughout life — from slowed growth and development to learning and behavioral disabilities,” according to EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

While public health agencies remain at the forefront of safeguarding communities from lead hazards, advanced public health software also plays a crucial role. Below, we explore how data insights from software solutions can empower public health agencies to develop and implement effective lead poisoning prevention strategies. 

What are the common sources of lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning remains a significant concern due to various sources that include the following:

  • Lead-based paint: Homes built before 1978 are more likely to contain lead-based paint. When this paint chips, peels, or deteriorates, it creates lead dust that children can inhale or ingest. 
  • Contaminated soil: Lead can settle in soil from sources such as old paint or industrial emissions. Children playing outdoors are at risk of ingesting lead-contaminated soil. 
  • Lead in drinking water: Lead pipes and solder used in older plumbing systems can leach lead into drinking water. 

While using lead is banned in constructing new homes, it remains in older buildings and other structures. A study from the Proceedings of the National Academy found that 90% of children born in the United States between 1951 and 1980 had blood lead levels higher than the threshold recommended by the CDC. 

How can software aid in identifying lead exposure risks?

Lead poisoning prevention software can integrate data from various sources, including housing records, blood lead testing results, and environmental samples. This comprehensive view allows for a more accurate assessment of lead exposure risks, similar to how public health data exchange in an IIS platform facilitated immunization data analysis.  

With comprehensive data and advanced analytics, agencies can pinpoint areas with high concentrations of lead sources, enabling quicker and more targeted responses to potential lead exposure threats. 

What are the benefits of leveraging data insights in lead poisoning prevention?

Utilizing data insights facilitates a more effective allocation of resources, ensuring interventions are focused on areas with the highest risk. Additionally, data-driven lead prevention strategies allow agencies to assess the effectiveness of their programs, enabling them to adapt and optimize their approach based on comprehensive datasets. 

How does SSG LLC’s software contribute to lead poisoning prevention strategies?

SSG’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Application is a fit-to-purpose business process engine designed to modernize and streamline activities for managing prevention programs and cases. Our solutions offer features such as:

  • Comprehensive data management: Our platform seamlessly integrates data from various sources, providing a holistic view of lead hazards in the community. 
  • Customizable reporting tools: Our app generates easily digestible reports that facilitate stakeholder communication and demonstrate program effectiveness.  
  • Interactive dashboards: The software lets you create customized dashboards for tracking key metrics and visualizing progress. 

Our Lead Poisoning Prevention Application is built on the award-winning public health software Casetivity. Request a demo today to learn more and see if SSG’s app can meet your requirements.

What measures can individuals take to reduce lead exposure risks at home?

You can prevent lead poisoning by removing known hazards, including lead-based paints, toys, and products. Here are some additional tips:

  • Get your home tested: If your home was built before 1978, consider getting it tested for lead-based paint by a certified professional.
  • Run your tap: Lead can leach into water that sits stagnant in pipes for extended periods. Run cold water for a few minutes before using it for drinking or cooking. 
  • Consider air and water filters: Certain filters can effectively remove lead from drinking water. Meanwhile, HEPA filters can capture lead particles in the air. 

However, because removing all sources of lead contamination isn’t always possible, getting a blood test at least once a year is a sound lead poisoning prevention practice.   



EPA Releases First-ever Agency-Wide Strategy to Reduce Lead Exposures and Disparities in U.S. Communities | US EPA. (2022, December 12). US EPA.