The Department of Health and Human Services may participate in national efforts and may develop a statewide environmental lead hazard awareness action plan which is comprehensive in scope and reflects contributions from a broad base of providers and consumers. In order to implement the statewide environmental lead hazard awareness action plan, the department may:
(1) Actively seek the participation and commitment of the public, health care professionals and facilities, the educational community, and community organizations in a comprehensive program to ensure that the state's children are appropriately protected from environmental lead hazards;
(2) Apply for and receive public and private awards to develop and administer a statewide comprehensive environmental lead hazard awareness action plan program;
(3) Provide environmental lead hazard information and education to the public, parents, health care providers, and educators to establish and maintain a high level of awareness;
(4) Assist parents, health care providers, and communities in developing systems, including demonstration and pilot projects, which emphasize the protection of children from environmental lead poisoning and the use of private practitioners; and
(5) Evaluate the effectiveness of these statewide efforts, identify children at special risk for environmental lead hazard exposure, and report electronically on the activities of the statewide program annually to the Legislature and the citizens of Nebraska.