The Iowa Department of Health (IDPH) announced the launch of Iowa Public Health Tracking (IPHT). IPHT is a state of the art environmental and public health tracking program, and part of a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to close the gap in what is known about the impact of environmental hazards on health.
IPHT is a web-based system that tracks key environmental hazards and health problems statewide and in many instances, by county. The data will improve understanding of hazards and lead to actions that may prevent chronic illnesses. With IPHT, residents will be able to access both environmental data and health outcome data simultaneously, for example:
- Asthma, carbon monoxide, and heart attack hospitalization rates
- Air pollution trends for ozone and particulate matter
- Drinking water contaminants, such as arsenic, in public water systems
- Cancer rates
- Birth defect rates
- Childhood lead levels and the age of housing
Iowa is one of 23 states to receive funding from the CDC to build tracking networks and conduct pilot projects to improve knowledge of potential links between environmental hazards and health effects. With Iowa’s participation, CDC’s environmental public health tracking efforts are working to develop additional information to help determine the role of environmental hazards in health outcomes.
For more information and to access the Iowa IPHT, please visit the department's website.
Click here to visit the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.