October 2020 JEH: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
October 2020 Journal of Environmental Health (Volume 83, Number 3)
Empowered by Tracking: Using Data to Solve Public Health Problems
Chad Curtiss, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ann Ussery-Hall, MPH, MCHES, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Environmental health problems require data to be solved. As a result, public health professionals are, by nature, data explorers. Attempting to identify, measure, and respond to pressing environmental health problems requires reliable data that are accessible, understandable, timely, and actionable. Data do not, however, collect themselves. They must be collected and put into a useable format. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) does exactly that. This month’s column explores the benefit and use of the Tracking Program, as well as highlights several valuable tools for environmental health professionals.