Indiana Collaboration for Lead Action and Prevention

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), have partnered to create the Indiana Collaboration for Lead Action and Prevention. Indiana Collaboration for Lead Action and PreventionThrough this partnership, residents of four Indiana counties, Marion, Vermillion, Vigo, and St. Joseph, will receive free Lead Screening Kits so they can collect and submit samples of dust, water, paint, and soil for analysis.

Once researchers analyze samples, residents will receive a full report detailing what they found. If elevated lead levels are detected, they will also provide a list of strategies to help residents reduce exposure to lead.

How to Participate

To learn more about lead in your home environment, and you live in Marion, Vermillion, Vigo, or St. Joseph Counties, first complete the consent form. Once completed, watch your email for further instructions. You can always pick up a Lead Screening Kit by visiting one of the pick-up/drop-off sites listed in the counties below.

If you have a Kit, follow these tips on how to collect samples.

Marion County

If you are a resident of Marion County, you may pick up your Lead Screening Kit from one of the locations on this map. If you would like your organization in Marion County to be a pick-up/drop-off site for Lead Screening Kits, contact Angela Herrmann at 317-274-7484.

St. Joseph County

If you are a resident of St. Joseph County, contact Jocelyn "Jo" Keranen at 206-734-7418 to coordinate the pickup of a 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 am and 4 pm 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.

Further Learning

Community Resources

Media

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

Centers for Disease Control Resources

Indiana Department of Health

Research

  • 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.