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What It Is

The environment plays an important role in health and human development.  Where we live, learn, work, and play can all affect our health. EnviroHealthLink, Kentucky Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, provides information and data about how the environment affects human health. Our new website helps to answer questions about air quality, drinking water, cancer, and a wide variety of other topics.  

At EnviroHealthLink you may:

  • Explore health and environmental data by topic, county, and year.
  • Generate custom tables, charts, and maps.
  • View reports for certain environmental hazards, exposures, and health effects in Kentucky.
  • View trends in data over time.
  • Find links to national and Kentucky-specific resources on health and environmental topics.

Check out the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Public Health Tracking Network video.

A Brief History

In 2001, the Pew Environmental Health Commission issued a report calling for the establishment of an environmental public health tracking network that would monitor the level of burden from environmentally related disease. In 2002, Congress appropriated funds to CDC to establish the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.

The program is the first national effort to provide the United States with standardized health, environmental, and hazard data from multiple information systems that includes linkage of these data as part of regular surveillance activities.

CDC currently funds health departments in 25 states and 1 city to build and implement local tracking programs and data networks.  Click here to see the CDC map of funded states.  Kentucky was accepted into the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in August of 2014. 

Data Sources on Environmental Exposures and Chronic Disease in Kentucky