2019 County Environmental Health Profiles Released!

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2019 County Environmental Health Profiles Released!

The profiles give counties a snapshot of what we offer on our data portal.

The Tracking team is excited to announce our 2019 County Environmental Health Profiles are now available! The profiles include county-level data on community health, private water quality, home hazards, health conditions, and climate.

The 2019 profiles include new measures, such as alcohol outlet density and radon. We've also included more private well water quality data. 

On our website, you'll also find:

  • A slide deck template. This template makes it easy for you to add in your data and present on your profile to your partners and community members.
  • Ideas for Taking Action. This series of documents outlines potential strategies a community can take to address topics in the profiles.

If you have questions about the 2019 County Environmental Health Profiles or the Tracking Program, please let us know.

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Taking Action with Data

Read the latest success stories from the Tracking world.

Lyme Disease Ticks Me Off! Lyme Disease Surveillance and Outreach in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin

Using the Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking portal, Eau Claire City-County Health Department staff identified an upward trend in Lyme disease cases. In 2014, they had 24 cases. By 2015, they saw 45 cases, then 54 cases in 2016. During a rural tick collection project in 2014, Eau Claire staff found the average infection rate among collected ticks was over 40%.

However, staff noticed that community members seemed less concerned about Lyme disease in more urban, residential areas; people seemed to associate Lyme disease with woodsy, rural parts of the county. Staff wanted to broaden their surveillance efforts to include urban parks and conduct more in-depth outreach activities. Read on...

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Are you HAB-ulous?

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