Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
227 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20002, U.S.A.
Telephone: (202) 543-1147
Fax: (202) 543-4466
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an agency of the United States (U.S.) federal government. As the nation's prevention agency, its mission is to promote health and the quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Its vision is Healthy People in a Healthy World –Through Prevention. Both the mission and vision are accomplished by working with its partners throughout the United States and world to: monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthy environments, and provide leadership and training. CDC's partners include U.S. state and local health departments, international agencies and organizations, academic institutions, and others.
Within the CDC's public health structure, there are specialized centers, institutes, and offices. The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), for example, works with U.S. federal, state, and local health and environmental departments and regulatory agencies, and with international organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization, to reduce the adverse effects of environmental hazards, particularly those that affect children and the underserved. A high priority of NCEH is the prevention of childhood lead poisoning. Using the tools of prevention –surveillance, health statistics, epidemiology, health communication, laboratory services, and new program technologies – NCEH's Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch works in close collaboration with its many national and international partners in an effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning as a major public health problem. Grants and technical assistance also are provided to state and local health agencies for the development and implementation of effective childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. NCEH is especially committed to working with the international public health commu-