Free Lead Screenings
Free soil and dust lead screenings are available to everyone. Visit https://urbanhealth.iupui.edu/projects for a list of community science projects.
Marion County, Indiana, Residents
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 continue to partner with IU Indianapolis:
- Indianapolis Public Library
- Indianapolis Recorder
- Marion County Public Health Department
- Minority Health Coalition of Marion County
- Side Effects and WFYI Public Media
Visit the IU Indianapolis Center for Urban Health for more information about lead and a list of additional projects in which to participate.
The Bigger Picture
Given the importance of lead poisoning as a public health issue, a community-powered science approach is the foundation for our work. 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
- Preventing Childhood Lead Exposure: Costs and Benefits
Created by Altarum with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- 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.
Urban Gardening Guides in English and Spanish
- Garden Safe Garden Well or Sembrado Seguro
- Garden Safely With Lead or Práctica de Jardinería Segura con Plomo
- Decades After Ban, Lead Paint Lingers
Side Effects Public Media, 2016
- Lead: Lead poisoning is a national problem
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, 2016
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.