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Welcome to the world of Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) created as part of a national effort by The Centers for Disease Control to make environmental and health data more readily available to the public.   The Massachusetts EPHT program is happy to announce the release of the first version of our Community Profiles! These Community Profiles bring together important indicators, providing a snapshot of environmental health for each of our 351 communities.

Each of the Community Profiles are linked to our EPHT database, so that the information within them is always the most up-to-date data available. Users can select any community of interest within Massachusetts, viewable either online or as a PDF for printing. The profile is subdivided into topic areas, including geography, demographics, health, environment and climate change.

Community Profiles have something for everyone. They provide descriptions of all indicators and links to additional resources so that anyone can learn about the data presented. At the same time, the data is useful for local decision-makers and health departments.  Profiles can be used to gather data, guide public health actions, identify high-risk groups, shape policy decisions, or simply inform the curious.

The EPHT website (www.mass.gov/dph/matracking) also includes the latest available health data for pediatric asthma and diabetes, childhood lead poisoning, asthma hospitalizations, carbon monoxide poisoning, heart attack, heat stress, birth defects, cancer, and reproductive outcomes.  Environmental data for air quality, drinking water, radon and information on climate change indicators can be found here too. While the data cannot be used to determine the cause of disease, it can be used to identify areas where public health actions can be taken or further investigation may be warranted.

Check out the environmental health of your community today at www.mass.gov/dph/matracking and click on the Community Profile leaf!  Assistance is always available either through the “contact us” tab or by calling 1-800-319-3042.

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EPHT Program Manager and Epidemiologist in the Bureau of Environmental Health

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