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About Pennsylvania’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program


          - 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
          - 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
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 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