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Excellus and the Community Foundation

Fund Testing for Lead Poisoning


Herkimer HealthNet is placing LeadCare II Units in Herkimer and Oneida Counties thanks to a grant they received from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

HealthNet has also been a partner with The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties in support of the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition. Early detection of lead poisoning in children is critical in identifying and providing needed support to children and families. 

LeadCare II is a point-of-care finger prick lead testing unit that is a faster and less intrusive process for children and parents compared to a venous draw process. According to the NY State Department of Health in 2014, approximately one-third of children in Herkimer and Oneida Counties were not tested by ages one and two as required by NY State law.

In 2018, HealthNet will facilitate the placement of LeadCare II Blood Level Testing Systems and start-up supplies in healthcare practices in Herkimer and Oneida County clinics and physicians’ offices to support point-of-care screening of children. The LeadCare II System is designed for the quantitative measurement of lead in fresh whole blood. 

The grant’s total is approximately $50,500. HealthNet has been working with Herkimer County Public Health, the Oneida County Health Department, and the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition to identify healthcare practices willing to accept placement of the LeadCare II Systems.

HealthNet is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals. For More information, call HealthNet at (315) 867-1576.

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