Children and families in Nebraska face unique and disproportionately high risks of lead exposure. Nebraska CLPPP (NeCLPPP) will prevent lead poisoning in Nebraska by focusing on three strategies: strengthening testing, strengthening surveillance, and strengthening processes to identify and link lead-exposed children with services.
NeCLPPP will work with partners to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies and activities for primary and secondary prevention to achieve the performance outcomes. The NeCLPPP committee will assist in providing guidance and recommendations to improve blood lead testing, increase awareness of lead exposure, and guide public health and health care communities in determining which children are at most risk for lead exposure. NeCLPPP will strengthen blood lead testing by continuing to utilize data to update and maintain Nebraska's blood lead testing plan. The plan will be disseminated to health and public health stakeholders. NeCLPPP will continue the operation of a blood lead surveillance system, which houses all blood lead laboratory tests and case investigation data.
NeCLPPP has many partners committed to preventing childhood lead poisoning. By strengthening these partnerships, stakeholders will continue activities beyond this project period at the local, regional, and statewide levels. NeCLPPP will partner with other agencies in order to facilitate data sharing agreements focused on improving data interoperability and data quality. With a focus on improving the collection and quality of data, the NeCLPPP will develop a new set of data quality metrics to evaluate laboratory reporting issues and identify gaps in case investigation data. NeCLPPP will conduct analyses of surveillance data to identify susceptible populations and to increase testing in high-risk areas. NeCLPPP will continue to partner with local public health departments across Nebraska to identify, refer, and monitor children with blood lead tests greater than the reference value. Each local public health department will provide case investigations and follow-up, service coordination, and referrals of children to medical, environmental, and social services. Timeliness of follow-up activities will be tracked through Nebraska's data surveillance system and case and investigation data will be tracked and reviewed to ensure quality and efficacy.