Environmental Public Health Tracking

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. Explore the health and environment topics below.

Health

asthma birth defects cancer chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) heart attacks
reproductive health social vulnerability index      

Environment

air quality carbon monoxide climate and health cyanobacteria tracker drinking water
heat vulnerability index childhood lead poisoning radon tick tracker  

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

Vermont Tracking Resources and Newsletters

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Title Description
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 - 2014.03 (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 - 2015.12 (December) Topics included: the Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Tracker as the focus of the CDC Tracking in Action video series, the release of the Social Vulnerability Index web application, and new data added to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2015.06 (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 Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2015.03 (March) Topics included: new years of data added to the Public Health Data Explorer, new sub-county cancer data added to the Public Health Data Explorer, and new time series trend charts available for birth defects and county-level cancer
Newsletter - 2016.05 (May) Topics included: Vermont Tick Tracker online for the season, Healthy Vermonters 2020 data included in the Public Health Data Explorer, and new data added to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2016.09 (September) Topics included: the launch of new query tool, release of first community profile, report template updates for better browser compatibility, and new data added to the Public Health Data Explorer
Vermont Tracking Secure Portal

County-level health data that represent fewer than six cases are suppressed on the Tracking public portal to protect the 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 Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2017.01 (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 Public Health Data Explorer
Data and Metadata List of the data and metadata sources for the Environmental Public Health Tracking data on the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2017.04 (April) Topics included: free radon kit distribution for Radon Action Month, new topic added to the Public Health Data Explorer (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD), and season summaries published for the Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) and Tick Trackers along with data updates to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2017.10 (October) Topics included: new 5-year grant award, a video showing how to identify vulnerable Vermonters, and new indicators for Healthy Vermonters 2020 along with data updates to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2018.04 (April) Topics included: helped facilitate the testing of school drinking water for lead as part of the State's initiative, launched the Tick Tracker for the season, and data updates to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2018.10 (October) Topics included: a new report released - lead in school drinking water, getting mercury out of schools, and data updates to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2019.02 (February) Topics included: a new interactive web map of radon risk in Vermont, mapping contaminants in drinking water wells, a webinar presented by Tracking staff about Vermont's lead in school drinking water pilot project, and data updates to the Public Health Data Explorer
Newsletter - 2019.09 (September)

Topics include: a new interactive report on seasonal pollen levels in Vermont, the new results website for lead in school and child care drinking water, the 2018 Cyanobacteria Tracker Season Summary, and data updates to the Public Health Data Explorer

Newsletter - 2020.07 (July) Topics include: how the Vermont Tracking Team is helping with the COVID-19 response, the new and improved Cyanobacteria Tracker now includes photos, and the Public Health Data Explorer is moving to a new platform
Contact Information

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

AHS.VDHVTEPHT@vermont.gov

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