There is a fundamental gap in our knowledge of how the environment affects health. Chronic diseases, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease account for over 70 percent of deaths in the United States. While links between certain chronic diseases and the environment have been reported, many of these connections remain unclear. Using the information that will be available the environmental public health tracking network will help identify hazards and risks that can be remediated or avoided to create a better quality of life for Kansas families.
Through a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Kansas Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is developing applications to collect, analyze, interpret and publish environmental health data indicators as part of the National Environmental Public Health Tacking Network.
When implemented in Kansas the tracking network will help us identify threats to the health of Kansans posed by the environment and will improve how KDHE can respond to those threats. When completed individuals will be able to access critical environmental health information that will help them make informed decisions and take action to protect themselves and their families. Development of the network is part of a national initiative led by the CDC and will include the development of a web-based system to track key environmental hazards and health problems across Kansas. Timely, integrated environmental and health data at the federal, state and local levels via the national and state tracking networks will also provide a basis for early notification of pending environmental threats or unforeseen events.
The process is just beginning and we hope you will visit our site often as we enhance and develop this useful public health tool.