Practice ReportsCDC's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: A Long-standing Responsibility and Commitment to Protect Children From Lead ExposureEttinger, Adrienne S. ScD, MPH, MS; Leonard, Monica L. MPH, REHS; Mason, Jacquelyn PhD, MS Author Information Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Health Tracking Branch, Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Adrienne S. Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy NE, Mailstop F-58, Atlanta, GA 30341 ([email protected]). The authors acknowledge the state and local health department programs and the dedicated staff who fulfill the mission of identifying and protecting young children from lead exposure and its adverse health effects.Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.Human Participant Compliance Statement: This information was reviewed and deemed not human subjects research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January/February 2019 - Volume 25 - Issue - p S5-S12 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000868 Buy Metrics Abstract The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) serves as the nation's public health leader and resource on strategies, policies, and practices aimed at preventing lead exposure in young children. CDC supports and advises state and local public health agencies and works with other federal agencies and partners to achieve the Healthy People 2020 objective of eliminating childhood lead exposure as a public health concern. Primary prevention—the removal of lead hazards from the environment before a child is exposed—is the most effective way to ensure that children do not experience the harmful effects of lead exposure. Blood lead screening tests and secondary prevention remain an essential safety net for children who may be exposed to lead. CDC's key programmatic strategy is to strengthen blood lead surveillance by supporting state and local programs to improve blood lead screening test rates, identify high-risk populations, and ensure effective follow-up for children with elevated blood lead levels. Surveillance plays a central role in helping measure the collective progress of federal, state, and local public health agencies in protecting children from lead, as well as enhancing our ability to target population-based interventions for primary prevention to those areas at highest risk. The CDC CLPPP has been at the front line of efforts to protect children from lead exposure and the resulting adverse health effects over the last 3 decades. As we chart our path for the future, we will continue to learn from past successes and challenges, incorporate new evidence and lessons learned, and work closely with federal, state, local, and nonprofit partners, experts in academia, and the community to advance the overarching goal of eliminating lead exposure in children. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.