Environmental Public Health Tracking

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The Vermont Environmental Public Health Tracking Program brings together environmental and public health data in one place. The Vermont Tracking portal provides data in maps, charts, and tables as a part of the State’s continuing effort to help Vermonters better understand the relationship between their environment and their health.

Check out the list of topics and data measures found on the Tracking portal.

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Environmental Health Spotlight - Radon and Smoking: A Risky Combination Smoking and radon are the leading causes of lung cancer. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high. Learn more from this fact sheet.
Environmental Health Spotlight - Private Drinking Water: A User's Guide Drinking water can become contaminated from natural or human causes. As a private water system owner, you are in charge of maintaining and testing the water system. You will not know if your water is contaminated unless you test it. Learn more from this fact sheet.
Newsletter - 2014 March Topics included: the Radon, Smoking and Lung Cancer Data Explorer—an interactive tool that lets you explore the connections between radon, smoking and lung cancer, using community level maps, charts and graphs—and a complementary fact sheet Radon and Smoking: A Risky Combination.
Newsletter - 2015 December Topics included: the Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Tracker as the focus of the CDC Tracking in Action video series, release of the Social Vulnerability Index web application, and new data added to the Tracking portal.
Newsletter - 2015 June Topics included: beginning of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) monitoring season, Vermont Tick Tracker online for the season, and drinking water data updates to the Tracking portal.
Newsletter - 2015 March Topics included: new years of data added to the Tracking portal, new sub-county cancer data added to the Tracking portal, and new time series trend charts available for birth defects and county-level cancer.
Newsletter - 2016 May Topics included: Vermont Tick Tracker online for the season, Healthy Vermonters 2020 data included in the Tracking portal, and new data added to the Tracking portal.
Newsletter - 2016 September Topics included: launch of new query tool, release of first community profile, report template updates for better browser compatibility, and new data added to the Tracking portal.
Vermont Tracking Secure Portal

County-level health data that represent fewer than six cases are suppressed on the Tracking public portal to protect identification of individuals. Public health professionals, researchers, and others with a legitimate reason can view unsuppressed health data after obtaining the necessary approvals. For more information, please email. AHS.VDHVTEPHT@vermont.gov

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs about Environmental Public Health Tracking, data, and how to search for data on the Tracking portal.
Newsletter - 2017 January Topics included: new spotlight fact sheet on private drinking water and associated outreach project to a high risk region in Vermont, the halfway point to Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals, and a new community profile along with data updates to the Tracking portal.
Data and Metadata List of the data and metadata sources for the Vermont Tracking portal.
Contact Information

Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
Phone: 802-863-7220 or
800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)
Fax: 802-863-7483


In This Section

List of terms used for Vermont Tracking data.

Outdoor air can contain pollutants. Air pollution has been linked to specific health problems—such as asthma, heart disease, and lung cancer.

Asthma attacks and episodes are serious problems with breathing caused by certain triggers. These triggers can be found in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Most birth defects are thought to be caused by a complex mix of factors, including a person’s genes, behaviors, and things in the environment.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Vermont. Each year more than 3,600 Vermonters are diagnosed with some form of cancer.

Carbon monoxide is a poison, even at low levels. Breathing high levels of CO can cause severe illness or death in a matter of minutes.

Lead is a highly toxic metal that has been commonly used in many household, industrial and automobile products. Lead poisoning is a serious but preventable health problem.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Changes in the climate can affect human health, including: effects from extreme heat, extreme weather events, tickborne and-mosquito-borne diseases, cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms, and air quality.

Private water supplies are monitored and maintained by their owners, so it is important for them to do their own water testing and maintenance to make sure their drinking water remains safe.