[Tracking Times] New and Updated Data!

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Environmental Public Health Tracking Newsletter

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Loads of New and Updated Data!

Start the New Year with fresh data! In November we launched new and updated datasets. Visit our data portal to check out what’s new:

  • Alcohol: We added 2016-2017 alcohol outlet density data. Don’t forget we offer this measure down to the municipal level! We also added hospitalizations data from 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.
  • Cancer: We added 2015 and 2016 data (note there is a minimum two-year lag in cancer data because of how it is collected).
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): New topic! Data are now offered at state and county level.
  • Heat Stress: We added 2017 state data.
  • Immunizations: We added 2018 data.
  • Lyme Disease: We added 2018 data.
  • Oral Health: We added emergency department visits (non-traumatic) from 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 state and county data. We added 2016 and 2017 state and county fluoride data. We now offer new measures for dental licensure! They are offered at county level. We also have new Medicaid measures! They are offered at state and county level.

Updated Feature

And datasets aren't all we've updated! Based on user tests with folks like you, we’ve updated one of our features, which is now called Report Builder. With this tool, you can create a custom report by adding charts, tables, and maps for multiple topics in one spot. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy Tracking!

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Taking Action with Data

Read the latest success stories from the Tracking world.

Creating a Publicly Accessible Home Lead Risks Database in Menasha, Wisconsin

The City of Menasha has more than 7,500 housing units, more than half built before 1970. The age of these homes means they are likely to have at least some lead-based paint, which creates a health hazard. The City of Menasha is federally designated as a low income, medically underserved population and some residents are financially unable to fix lead issues.

Using Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program data, Menasha Health Department staff identified several census tracts where childhood lead poisoning rates were near or above the Wisconsin average. Read more...

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January is Radon Action Month

Curious about radon test results in your zip code? Check out the Indoor Air and Radon Program's map. Homes both old and new can have unsafe radon levels; the only way to know your home's level is to test!

Indoor Ice Rinks and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Indoor ice rinks use resurfacing machines—like Zambonis®—to make ice that’s easy to skate on. These machines make air pollution the same way cars do. High levels of pollution can build up inside the rink if there isn’t enough clean air coming in, the resurfacing machine isn’t working right, or both. We have a series of carbon monoxide poisoning prevention fact sheets for parents and coaches, as well as resources for ice rink managers, on our website.

Deer: Hunting, Ecology, and Chronic Wasting Disease

The latest Nelson Issue Brief, Deer: Hunting, Ecology, and Chronic Wasting Disease, highlights deer-related research taking place at University of Wisconsin-Madison. To see past issues of the Nelson Issue Brief, visit their website.