The Environmental Public Health Tracking Program within the Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology (SEET) is dedicated to understanding how the environment affects people’s health. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Tracking Program operates and maintains a web-based environmental public health surveillance system called the Health Data Portal where users can get information and view maps, graphs, and tables about Louisiana health and the environment.
Since 2009, the LDH Tracking Program has operated through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Tracking Network. Louisiana is one of twenty-five states and one city to receive funding from the CDC to develop a statewide Tracking Program. LDH Tracking benefits from the participation of many partners including health experts, state agency representatives and a technical advisory board.
Tracking in Action
As participants in the national network, LDH tracks important environmental health issues affecting Louisiana’s communities, and supporting response and outreach efforts. Information is being provided to environmental and public health professionals, legislators, advocacy groups, researchers and the public to facilitate better decision making, evaluation and policy development.
Tracking efforts are already paying off in faster responses to environmental health questions and in action to prevent health problems. For more about Louisiana’s successes, click here.