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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Possible Risk factors

  • Does your child live in or regularly visit any residence or child care center built before 1978?
  • Does your child have a sibling or playmate who has had lead poisoning?
  • Does your child frequently come in contact with an adult who works in an industry or has a hobby using lead (battery factory, steel smelter, or stained glass)?
  • Is your child a recent immigrant or a member of a minority group?
  • Does anyone in your family use ethnic or folk remedies or cosmetics?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, a blood lead test is necessary. Remember, lead poisoning is a preventable disease.


In the event of an elevated lead level, case management is initiated, and follow-up is done by the nurse/case manager.

Tests are done at the Valparaiso and Portage offices Monday through Friday during office hours:

  • For the Valparaiso office call 219-465-3525
  • For the Portage office call 219-759-8239

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M. L. Stamp, M.D. - Porter County Health Officer

Carrie Gschwind - Administrator

Health Department

Physical Address
155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 104
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: (219) 465-3525
Fax: (219) 465-3531
Emergency: 911

Portage Office

Physical Address
3590 Willowcreek Rd, Suite C
Portage, IN 46368

Phone: (219) 759-8239
Fax: (219) 759-3901
Hours:  Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No Vital Records Service is available at the Portage office between 12 pm and 1 pm.