Expand Child Lead Testing
October 1, 2021
Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) urges Cleveland City Council to use funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to make it easier for at risk families to have their children tested for lead poisoning.
ARP funds should be used to provide on-site testing for elevated blood lead levels at Cleveland’s two neighborhood clinics at McCafferty Health Center on the Near West Side and at J.Glenn Smith Center in Glenville.
We further advocate for the use of ARP funds to equip a mobile testing lab that can conduct child lead tests at child care and child-serving organizations around the city at non-traditional locations.
The current situation requires overburdened moms to get a referral to a remote testing lab. That means taking another day off work and paying for transportation to an unfamiliar facility. Providing testing services within easy reach will increase the dismal rate of child testing in Cleveland.