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Health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. That’s the thinking behind the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, a program that brings together environmental health data from 25 participating states to help investigate these environment-and-health connections. In fact, Massachusetts was one of the first states to join that national Network, through our groundbreaking Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program in 2002.

Now 15 years later, our understanding of the connections between public health and the environment is vastly improved, and we’ve continued to build on our success with the EPHT program:

  • Launched in 2009, the Massachusetts EPHT website combines environmental data in one easy-to-access location, with tools for creating custom maps, tables and charts. A lot has happened since then.For instance,, the website is now mobile-friendly, making access to health and environmental data easy right from your smart phone or tablet. Check it out and tell us what you think by clicking the “Give us Feedback” button which you’ll find on every page of the website.
  • Last year, we launched a practical, user-friendly tool called the Community Profile which presents a snapshot of environmental health in each of our 351 cities and towns. The Community Profile is linked to the MA EPHT database so what you see is the most up-to-date data available. You can select any community within Massachusetts and either view online or as a PDF for printing. The Community Profile has something for everyone, including community-level information on demographics, geography, health, environment and climate change.

MA EPHT always has new and interesting projects in the works. We just released the first issue of a new quarterly newsletter called MassTrack to keep you informed about tracking news and updates.  Interested? Sign up here!

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EPHT Program Manager and Epidemiologist in the Bureau of Environmental Health

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