The 16-member Kent County Lead Poisoning task force continues to meet to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning
In Case of Emergency
If a child has severe symptoms of lead poisoning, such as vomiting or seizures, get immediate help by calling 911. If a child is suspected of being exposed to lead, make an appointment with the child's health care provider or county health department to have a blood test done.
Who We Are
The Get the Lead Out! lead hazard control program began in January 2005 as a targeted effort to protect children from lead poisoning by fixing lead hazards in older homes in the city of Grand Rapids. It is part of the larger Get the Lead Out! Collaborative, which also focuses upon getting children tested and connected to health care services, educating the public, and advocating for commonsense laws and policies to protect children.
The lead partner for the Get the Lead Out ! Lead Hazard Control program is the City of Grand Rapids' Community Development Department.
Additional partners in the Get the Lead Out! program include:
To date, more than $ 19 million in funding has-been provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Housing and Lead Hazard Control. This funding will last through September 2019.
Did You Know...
The Get the Lead Out! partnership has resulted in more than 1,350 lead-safe homes.
News & Events
The State of Michigan announced in November that it would be receiving a Medicaid waiver allowing it to spend nearly $24 million a year for the next five years on fixing lead hazards in homes. To be eligible, the home must be occupied by a Medicaid enrolled child with an elevated blood lead level. However, dollars can be used for primary prevention in the City of Flint and in other "target communities" to be identified by the State. Get the Lead Out! partners in Grand Rapids are working to bring those dollars to Kent County.
Late last year, the Kent County Board of Commissioners appointed a 16 member task force to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning. That task force has been meeting monthly since January, taking testimony from a variety of subject matter experts.