Health Department

Northwood Town Hall
818 First NH Turnpike
Northwood, NH 03261


The Health Officer alerts the town of concerns related to communicable diseases, the flu, West Nile Virus, EEE and other health related issues as they arise.


The NH DHHS, Division of Public Health Services, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, has released the 2021 Lead Exposure in New Hampshire Data Brief. The data brief provides surveillance data on the number of NH children tested for blood lead levels, the numbers identified with elevated blood lead levels indicating exposure, along with high-risk geographical locations. Some important data to note:

  • There were 5,360 fewer children, 72 months and younger, tested in 2021 for blood lead levels as compared to 2019. This represents a 25% drop in the number of children tested over the two-year period.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide recall of point-of care (in-office) blood lead testing supplies has caused NH pediatric blood lead level testing numbers to drop to the lowest level they have been since 2017.

This dramatic drop in testing rates is alarming, as routine testing of children at age one and again, a second test, at age two, is critical to identifying those with elevated blood lead levels. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to negatively affect a child’s ability to think, learn and behave. While the effects of lead poisoning may be permanent, if caught early, there are things parents can do to prevent further exposure and reduce damage to their health and development.

/2021 AAG-Final Report


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