United States

Lead Poisoning Prevention Initiative



The Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team is striving to reduce the impact of lead in our community. To help families prevent lead poisoning and identify lead hazards in their home environment, we are developing a low cost, scalable home lead sample collection kit. Further, our team is utilizing a Citizen Science model to collect soil samples and map results to determine ‘hot spots’ in the community.  

Research Focus

  • Epidemiology

    At the EIGH, our researchers use epidemiology to understand the distribution and determinants of the health and disease conditions in specific populations, and to identify risk factors for certain diseases. This allows them to develop, implement, and measure the impact of targeted, preventative healthcare methods. 

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • City of South Bend, Mayor’s Office
  • Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc.
  • St. Joseph County Health Department
  • E. Blair Warner Clinic
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Indiana Health Center


  • Center for Digital Scholarship
  • College of Science
  • College of Engineering
  • Center for Social Concerns
  • The Shaw Center for Children and Families

Additional Information

Capstone Projects

Silva, E. (2018). Developing a Predictive Model to Assess the Relationship Between Socioeconomic Factors and Childhood Blood Lead Levels at the Census Tract Level.

LaFleur, D. (2017). A Literature Review: How Can the Community Health Worker Impact Public Health?






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