Blood Lead Testing

What is Lead?

Lead is a metal that can be found in many places, including in chips of old paint, household dust, imported toys, and, less often, water contaminated by lead pipes. Exposure to lead is bad for everyone, but young children are often most at risk. Learn more directly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on lead including basic information, how to renovate safely, and other heavy metals in cultural products.

Lead Testing

Testing at HDNW is only available for children and is done at monthly clinics in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties. Medicaid is accepted. Screening is available to non-Medicaid clients for a $25 fee.

Blood lead screenings are also provided through the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program at 12 and 24 months of age.

For information on Michigan’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, see

Chipped Lead Paint
Blood Lead Testing