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 the Rhode Island Health Equity Measures.

Key Information

Measure 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 measure means This measure represents the number and percent of children entering kindergarten who have blood lead levels higher than or equal to five micrograms per deciliter (lead poisoning). These data come from RIDOH’s Environmental Lead Program (more) and are also reported annually by Rhode Island KIDSCOUNT. 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.

Key Findings, 2018

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