Lead Screening Kit Project

The University of Notre Dame, Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana State University, IU School of Medicine—Terre Haute, and the Indiana State Department of Health, with funding from Housing and Urban Development (HUD), partnered to create the Indiana Collaboration for Lead Action and Prevention. Through this partnership, residents of four Indiana counties, Marion, Vermillion, Vigo, and St. Joseph, received free Lead Screening Kits to collect and submit samples of dust, paint, soil, and water for analysis.

You may still have your soil and dust analyzed in Marion County, see next section. If you live in St. Joseph County, see below!

Screen Your Home for Lead in Indiana, USA

Marion County Residents

Even though the HUD-funded Lead Screening Kits are being phased out in Marion County, you can still pick up a Community Science Lead Screening Kit from one of the Indianapolis Public Library seed library locations on this map.

A million thanks to our Marion County community partners who contributed to the HUD-funded Lead Screening Kit project success:

Visit the IU Indianapolis Center for Urban Health for more information about lead and a list of additional projects in which to participate.

St. Joseph County Residents

If you are a resident of St. Joseph County, visit leadscreeningkit.com/ or contact Ornella Joseph at ojoseph2@nd.edu to coordinate the pickup of an original Lead Screening Kit.

Vermillion and Vigo Counties

If you are a resident of Vermillion or Vigo County, please write to ISU-EES@mail.indstate.edu to find out how you can participate.

If you have completed a Lead Screening Kit, you may drop it off at the ISU Center for Sustainability at 219 N. 11th St. in Terre Haute (aka The Garden House at the community gardens) between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Bigger Picture

Given the importance of lead poisoning as a public health issue, a community-powered science approach is the foundation for this project. Residents directly engage in collecting data to help extend the reach of researchers while helping residents gain knowledge, increase awareness, and help solve the persistent issue of lead poisoning. Be sure to check out our other lead screening projects!

Further Learning and Resources

Calculate the value of lead interventions

Community Resources

  • Mission Unleaded: From the Marion County Public Health Department
  • Marion County Public Health Department Blood testing
  • Lead Protection Program-Indiana
    A free program for qualified homeowners, rental occupants, and rental property owners. Lead hazard repair work may include windows, doors, painting, and special cleaning. You may participate whether you own or rent your home. Download the application to learn more.

Gardening Resources

Urban Gardening Guides in English and Spanish


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Centers for Disease Control Resources

Indiana Department of Health


  • Filippelli, G. M., Adamic, J., Nichols, D., Shukle, J., & Frix, E. (2018). Mapping the urban lead exposome: a detailed analysis of soil metal concentrations at the household scale using citizen science. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(7), 1531.
  • Tighe, M., Knaub, C., Sisk, M., Ngai, M., Lieberman, M., Peaslee, G., & Beidinger, H. (2020). Validation of a screening kit to identify environmental lead hazards. Environmental Research, 181, 108892.