This is National Tracking Awareness Week, which highlights the work of environmental public health tracking programs in Arizona and elsewhere.
Tracking efforts include monitoring community health, identifying communities at risk, supporting epidemiological studies, educating the community, informing local planners, and providing input to health policy decisions. That’s no small task, and it’s a big part of what we do at ADHS.
The Arizona Tracking Network’s data explorer at gis.azdhs.gov has information on hundreds of environmental and health topics. This helps public health professionals assess trends and events to identify vulnerable populations and make decisions to improve public health.
Here are some examples:
- The Arizona Tracking Network and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program developed a Lead Poisoning Risk Mapping Tool that provides screening recommendations to health care providers and encourages parents living in high-risk areas to get children tested.
- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Tracking Network developed data dashboards to display information on cases, hospitalizations, vaccinations, and other critical metrics.
- Our tracking data shows that Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal have the highest occurrence of heat-related illness, helping inform county-specific strategies for protecting people.
Members of the public can use data explorer as well to research trends and events in their communities and explore our website to learn more. Learn how you can protect your health by visiting the tracking quick report and entering a street address and city to get a snapshot of environmental health in your immediate area.