Environmental Public Health Tracking
The environment plays an important role in health and human development. Research links specific diseases with exposures to environmental hazards. We know from research, for example, that one cause of lung cancer is exposure to asbestos.
Other suspected links remain unproven without adequate data and research. Environmental public health tracking (EPHT) is one way to collect data for analysis and research to establish other links between disease and exposure to environmental hazards. The goal of EPHT is to provide information that can be used to plan, apply and evaluate ways to prevent and control environmentally-related diseases.
National EPHT Web Portal
In 2009 the CDC launched the national Environmental Public Health Tracking Web portal. Although Kentucky hasn’t yet received funding to participate, data is being collected in Kentucky by some federally-sponsored programs and made available through the portal.
*New* - The Kentucky Department for Public Health along with the state Department for Environmental Protection would like to announce that Community Water data for Kentucky has been successfully submitted to the national Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and is now available to the public on the national web portal. Information on public drinking water for 1999-2011 has been published for arsenic, atrazine, nitrates, disinfection by-products, TCE, and several other chemicals. Data for 2012 is expected to be available soon. To view the data, visit the national EPHT portal, select Kentucky in the Info by Location drop down list, then choose Community Water in the Content Area section.
||Data Sources on Environmental Exposures and Chronic Disease in Kentucky