Health Partnerships
Healthy Places Coalition
Healthy Places
The Kane County Health Department mobilizes community partnerships
to improve the health and well being of all Kane residents.

The health of our indoor and outdoor environments
is integral to the health of everyone,
particularly our children!
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Healthy Places Coalition focuses on:
Lead Facts:
• There is NO safe level of lead in blood
• Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement         • Lead poisoning affects Kane County children regardless of zip code, income level, race, gender, and Medicaid/non-Medicaid coverage
• 49 % of Kane County homes were built before 1978
•  In 2014, 4.3 percent of all children insured by Medicaid tested in Kane County had blood levels ≥ 5 µg/dL
• In 2014, 3.2 percent of all children NOT insured by Medicaid tested in Kane County had blood levels ≥ 5 µg/dL
• In 2014, compared to Illinois, Kane County children tested, regardless of insurance, had lower rates of blood levels ≥ 5 µg/dL. 
• The AAP recommends that health care providers provide anticipatory guidance to parents of all infants and toddlers because of normal mouthing behaviors between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.
• Parents may not be aware that their homes, work and hobbies may present a lead hazard for their children.          Frequent risk assessments and education is vital to keeping Kane kids lead free!
Why does the community need to support children who test positive for lower levels of lead?
Because we want our kids to measure up as unleaded!
Keep your child safe by protecting them from the possible risk of a television and furniture from falling down on them. Safe Kids Worldwide states that a child visits the “emergency room every 45 minutes because of a TV tipping over”.

The local libraries, in partnership with Kane County Safe Kids, have provided additional information on tip-over prevention.

Visit your local Kane County library during the Week of the Young Child on April 6– 12, 2014.
What is wrong with this picture?
A. Dresser is not anchored.

B. TV is on a tall piece of furniture

C. Toy and remote control are high
    and visible.
These safety tips can help prevent tragedies:
• Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor.
• Place TVs on sturdy, low bases or anchor the furniture and the TV on top of it.
• Keep remote controls, toys, and other items that might be attractive to children off TV stands
  or furniture.
• Also, make sure freestanding kitchen ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
Resources:  Anchor it & Protect a Child      Alarming Statistics on tip overs