Health Education



The Health Educator is responsible for developing and implementing programs and creating health communication materials for the Franklin County Health Department. Our Health Educator is a resource to civic groups, schools, worksites, and residents of Franklin County requesting health related information and is available to attend health fairs and community events throughout Franklin County.

Any person, group or organization is welcome to contact or schedule a program with our Health Educator on a variety of topics. We encourage you to take advantage of our resources to improve the general public health of Franklin County.

Information on health-related issues is available at the Franklin County Health Department. Our staff is well educated on health issues and is available to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, please contact the Franklin County Health Department at 636-583-7300.

 

Childcare Health Consultation

Our professional staff is committed to helping childcare providers offer the best possible care to our community’s children.

We offer training and classes on a variety of health and safety topics, including but not limited to:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Emergency preparedness, response and recovery
  • Environmental health
  • Illness and Infectious disease
  • Infant and child social and emotional wellbeing
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Oral health
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • Staff health and wellness

We also provide child-friendly programs that teach health and safety to children on-site at licensed and licensed-exempt child care centers.

Our Health Educator, professional nursing staff and environmental public health specialists offer consultation for childcare providers and parents/guardians who have health and safety questions or concerns.

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Food Safety Education

The Franklin County Health Department prioritizes food safety to prevent the spread of food-borne illness. To ensure all food establishments have access to basic food safety knowledge, we offer in person education to employees of any county establishment. At no cost to the employer, a member of our environmental team will work directly with food employees to promote a culture of safety and cleanliness. Please contact us at 636-583-7308 for more information.

 

Lead in Drinking Water Information

The metal Lead is a severe concern to public health, especially for children. Besides occurring in natural galena deposits, Lead was used in paint, water pipes, and gasoline for many years.  Lead was banned from use in gasoline in 1975, in paint in 1978, and in pipes and solder in 1986 (Missouri in 1989).  This usage results in Lead being present in our environment today.  Many buildings and homes still contain Lead in some form that can be released into the home's environment.  If lead is in the environment, our bodies can absorb some of it into our body systems, and it can cause serious medical issues.

One thing is true; it is the concentration and not the substance that can affect our bodies.  Ideally, we would like to see zero Lead going into our bodies.  That is nearly impossible, so the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, has set exposure limits for the amount of Lead in a person’s blood.  For adults, the blood lead limit is 30 µg/dL, micrograms per deciliter, before action is triggered to take medical action to prevent lead poisoning.  Due to the effects Lead has on a child’s development, children have a blood lead limit of 3.5 µg/dL.

Testing for blood Lead levels is available through a variety of sources.  Your doctor or your child’s pediatrician can order blood tests to look at the lead level in your or your child’s blood.  Testing is available to eligible children five years and younger at the Franklin County Department of Health through the state Department of Health and Senior Services.  If a child is enrolled in the WIC program through Franklin County Health, they are tested for lead exposure routinely.   

In 2022, the state legislature enacted a law requiring all disadvantaged school districts to test for Lead in drinking water at all buildings that house students.  The Act, RSMo 166.077 Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act, set new limits on the amount of lead in the drinking water school districts provide to their students and staff.  The maximum amount of Lead in the drinking water of Missouri schools is now 5 ppb (parts per billion) (5mg/L), which is down from the EPA limit of 15 ppb (15 mg/L).  The act requires school districts to test drinking water sources, report to district patrons any result that exceeds the 5 ppb limit, and act to reduce the amount of Lead in the water from that source of drinking water. 

Below are links to various sources of information on lead in our drinking water.  You can use them to help educate yourself on Lead in our environment.

Information about Lead in Drinking Water

EPA

https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2017-10/ask_about_lead_1.jpg

https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2017-10/ask_about_lead_3.jpg

https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2018-09/ask_about_lead_infographic_spanish-02.jpg

https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2018-09/ask_about_lead_infographic_spanish-01_0.jpg

https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2017-08/documents/epa_lead_in_drinking_water_final_8.21.17.pdf

https://espanol.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2019-08/documents/081419_infografia_plomo_en_el_agua_potable-1.pdf

https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water#regs

https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water

GAO

https://www.gao.gov/infographic/infographic-lead-drinking-water

https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/686839.pdf

https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/686836.pdf

 

CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/publications/nceh-prevent-childhood-lead-poisoning-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/5things-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/5things-spanish-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/all-children-can-be-exposed-to-lead-h.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/are-you-pregnant-h.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/esta-embarazada-h.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/lead-levels-in-children-fact-sheet-508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/how-to-prevent-lead-poisoning-in-children-h.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/Como-prevenir-el-envenenamiento-por-plomo-en-los-ninos-h.pdf

Missouri

https://dnr.mo.gov/document-search/lead-drinking-water-important-information-how-protect-your-health-pub2409/pub2409

Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Acthttps://health.mo.gov/living/environment/get-the-lead-out-of-school/index.php.

https://health.mo.gov/living/environment/get-the-lead-out-of-school/pdf/faqs.pdf

https://health.mo.gov/living/environment/lead/pdf/leadinwaterfs.pdf