Environmental Public Health Tracking
New York's Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program focuses on tracking environmental and health patterns and trends. Environmental Public Health Tracking is a national program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is intended to improve access to environmental health information and support research, programs and policies that may help protect our communities.
Tracking Data: Environmental Public Health Tracker
Tracking Projects Explore the Connections Between Health and the Environment
New York State has several projects that focus on combining environmental, health, and other data to explore possible relationships between environmental hazards and health effects. These projects look for geographic patterns, clusters, or trends over time. This work helps to promote a healthy and safe environment, a key priority of the New York State Health Department Health Improvement Plan.
Climate and Health
New York State's Tracking Program partners with many other organizations to assess the health and community impacts of heat and extreme weather. Partners include New York State's Climate and Health Program, local health departments and emergency managers, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Weather Service, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Tracking Program continues developing climate/health-related indicators and promoting messages to increase awareness about the potential health impacts of climate change. The Tracking Program maintains an online directory to help New Yorkers find local cooling centers during periods of extreme heat. It also provides county-specific heat vulnerability reports, and County Heat and Health Profile Reports that use fine-scale estimates of temperature from NASA to explore the impacts of heat on health in each New York State County.
The Tracking Program provides ongoing assistance to New York State's Childhood Lead Program. Projects include providing technical support for statistical analyses and mapping activities, and partnering on the review and update of lead soil standards in New York State.
The Tracking Program is currently developing local level (sub-county) environmental and health indicators. Sub-county level data provide insights into variations of environmental, exposure, health, and population patterns and trends within a county, which may be useful to help identify health disparities and opportunities for outreach and intervention. The Tracking Program's Heat Vulnerability Index and County Heat and Health Profile Reports are examples of how sub-county data can help communities understand trends and identify populations with highest vulnerability to heat and heat-related illness.
Read about the Tracking Program's work to provide tools and resources that help partners identify patterns and trends, and deliver programs that improve environmental health.
January is National Radon Action Month. Radon has been identified by the US EPA as the second leading cause of lung cancer estimating 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are due to radon. Protect your and your family's health by testing your home for Radon.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a preventable cause of death, yet 55 people die from accidental poisoning each year in New York. An easy way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is by having a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Be sure to check the batteries twice a year to make sure the detetctor is working.
Cold weather tip: since cold weather puts an extra burden on the heart, if you have cardiac problems or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's orders about shoveling or performing any strenuous exercise outside. Even otherwise-healthy adults should remember that their bodies already are working overtime just to stay warm, and dress appropriately and work slowly when doing heavy outdoor chores.