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

Governor Appoints Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director to Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board

GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to the newly formed Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board created by Executive Order on June 10.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve in this important role,” said Haan. “We have a 15 year history of effectively fighting childhood lead poisoning in west Michigan, and I look forward to leveraging that knowledge in service to all the children of Michigan. Our goal will be to help focus this work on solving the root environmental causes of lead poisoning, including lead-based paint, lead-laden soil, and tainted water. It’s not enough to just test and treat kids. We have to get at the source.”


Healthy Homes and KCHD Seek Answers to 30% Increase in Lead Poisoned Kids in GR in 2015

On March 14, 2016, the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) spoke with representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to begin exploring why there was a 30% increase in the number of children with elevated blood lead test results in Kent County in 2015. In 2014 there were 470 children with blood lead levels ≥5.0 ug/dL* in Kent County. In 2015, that number rose dramatically to 610 children. The initial request on that day was to review historical data to identify potential abnormalities related to WIC testing sites in the City of Grand Rapids, geography (zip codes), and time of year (quarter).


Healthy Homes Goes to Lansing

In recent weeks, staff from the Healthy Homes made a pair of quick visits to Lansing to provide testimony to both the House and Senate Department of Community Health Appropriations subcommittees.  The purpose of the testimony was to thank legislators for making a first-time ever allocation of $1.25 million in general revenue funding for lead hazard control.