Environmental Public Health Tracking Awareness
Welcome to Maryland
Environmental Public Health Tracking (MD EPHT) - your gateway to environmental
and health data resources. You can use Tracking to create data tables and maps, view a
gallery of different environmental public health topics in Maryland, and more.
Before the Tracking Network, there was no single source
where communities could access data and information to help them better
understand relationships between the environment and health.
As part of the Tracking Network, the Maryland Department
of Health (MDH) contributes standardized health and environmental data to the
CDC, but also provides unique data on the MD EPHT Portal for the
State. For example, in 2016, the Maryland Department of Health worked with
researchers at the University of Maryland to create the Maryland Climate and
Health Profile Report and added data to our MD EPHT Portal and the Climate Adaptation
Tracker (EPHCAT). Find out how climate change is affecting our
The MDH also has partnerships within the agency including injury and violence prevention.
MD EPHT also makes available unique data such as suicide
mortality on the MD
EPHT Portal for Marylanders
Because of MD EPHT, public
health leaders and communities can make informed decisions about planning,
implementing, and evaluating public health activities. Children across Maryland
are exposed to lead in their environments from a variety of sources. To
increase blood lead testing among young children, the Maryland Department of
Health implemented multiple initiatives in 2016 and MD EPHT worked to provide
estimates on the lead testing needed in the State for planning. Click here to see those
projections and maps. By 2018, blood lead testing among 12- and 24-
month- olds increased in 15 counties compared to the 2010-2015 average. Click hereto learn more about the MDH Lead-Free Maryland Kids campaign.
The MD EPHT program is
more than just data – it’s also a network of people and resources that
transform data into public health action. We provide essential environmental
health infrastructure and expertise to keep communities safe and help improve
where we live, work, and play. Our MD EPHT team is dedicated to keeping you
healthy and your environment safe. MD EPHT has worked closely with the MDH
Lead-Free Maryland Kids campaign and leveraged partnerships and resources for
our communities. Click here to see a video to raise awareness among Maryland
parents about lead exposure, of its risks, and of universal lead screening for
children. Click here to see a PSA for health care providers on lead testing.
The Maryland Tracking Program is one of the 26 tracking
programs here in the US. What does that mean? It means we are passionate about
sharing environmental public health information and data that can improve your
life and your community’s well being. The Maryland Tracking portal allows you
to explore a variety of health, environmental, and social-economic indicators
at county, zip code, and census tract levels. Find out more by visiting our website,
liking and following us on social media, and by checking out our interactive portal.
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