Environmental Hazards Data

Lead poisoned children are likely to suffer life-long consequences. Even a small amount of lead can have a negative effect on a child's development and can cause serious health problems, including learning disabilities, loss of IQ, and reduced attention span. more

Purpose

To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Number and percentage of children with blood lead levels >5 micrograms/deciliter
Data Source Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) Environmental Lead Program (available annually)
Strata City/Town
What this indicator means This indicator represents the # and % of children entering kindergarten with blood lead levels greater than or equal to 5 micrograms per deciliter (lead poisoning). This data comes from the RIDOH environmental Lead Program (more), and is also reported by KIDSCOUNT every year. Children can be exposed to lead at home, in schools, or from soil contaminated with lead paint chips or dust, which is found in homes and buildings built before 1978. Cities and towns with higher numbers and percentages of children with lead poisoning are considered the most disadvantaged, while those with low numbers and percentages of children with lead poisoning are considered the least disadvantaged.

Key Findings, 2018

  • Providence, Pawtucket, and Cranston had the highest number of children with lead poisoning in 2018.
  • Providence, Central Falls, and Pawtucket had the highest percentage of children entering kindergarten with lead poisoning in 2018.

Data Note: The following cities are not reported due to our small numbers policy: Barrington, Burrillville, Charlestown, East Greenwich, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond.