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.
||Data Sources on Environmental Exposures and Chronic Disease in Kentucky