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About Pennsylvania’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

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Mission 
          - Provide information from a statewide network of health and environmental data that improves
            the public health of Pennsylvania communities
          - Improve access to information and tools needed for environmental research
          - Provide accurate information to citizens of Pennsylvania for them to be able to make better
            decisions on their health
 
Goals
          - Identify and obtain sources of environmental health data
          - Make available Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (NCDMs) to address health  
            problems connected to environmental hazards
          - Develop a state environmental public health tracking program
          - Develop partnerships with the public and private sectors, schools, employers and health
            equity groups
          - Develop new ways to advance environmental public health tracking
          - Provide information to guide policies and practices to improve public health within
            Pennsylvania 
What the Tracking Network Provides
The Tracking Network provides services to enable web access to environmental health data:
          - Direct access online to obtain data
          - Access to CDC's national database on health tracking
          - Ability to search data fields to find standardized data holdings
                    - Data selection, access and exchange services and tools
                    - Tools for data management, analysis and visualization

Tracking Network Content
The Tracking Network includes a set of Nationally Consistent Data and Measures of health, exposures and hazards on: 
          - Air quality
          - Drinking water quality 
          - Hospitalization for asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart attacks,
            heat stress and carbon monoxide poisoning
          - Carbon monoxide mortality
          - Birth defects
          - Childhood blood lead levels
          - Housing age
          - Reproductive health outcomes 
          - Cancer incidence

The Areas Represented by These Indicators Are:
HEALTH - Focused on non-infectious health conditions such as lead poisoning, asthma and other respiratory diseases, heart attacks and chronic diseases including cancer
 
EXPOSURES - Observes the presence of a harmful agent in people or their environment. Examples include lead in blood and arsenic in groundwater
 
HAZARDS - Includes chemical agents like air pollution and arsenic in well water

PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGING - Provides information for those seeking more knowledge on specific topics on the public health tracking website  
 
SECURE ACCESS TO DATA - Provides a security-supported website that displays data only available to those with controlled access
 
Our Data Partners:
THE FOLLOWING GROUPS HAVE PROVIDED DATA FOR THE
PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH TRACKING PROGRAM:
     -  The Pennsylvania Cancer Registry
     -  Pennsylvania Department of Health, Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Program
     -  Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Health Informatics
     -  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality
     -  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water
     -  Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
     -  United States Geological Survey
     -  University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health