2009-12-18 / Top Stories

DOH Introduces New Tracking Website

Any New Yorker can now monitor the city's environmental conditions and certain health conditions, with a few clicks of the mouse. The Health Department's new Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal - available at http://nyc.gov/health/ tracking - provides continually updated information on everything from air quality and housing quality to pest levels and pesticide use. The effort was funded by the federal Centers for Disease Con - trol and Prevention (CDC).

"Until now, it has been hard to compare environmental health conditions across the city's many neighborhoods," said Daniel Kass, the Health Depart - ment's acting deputy commissioner for environmental health. "Now anyone can track issues of concern - for a neighborhood, a borough or the whole of New York City."

The portal offers various ways to explore environmental health data. Users can, for example, see pesticide use by neighborhood, or view how closely related childhood asthma hospitalizations are with exposure to second hand cigarette smoke in the home.

The portal can also highlight citywide trends, such as the number of days on which air-quality advisories have been issued for general or special populations. Here are some of the tasks the portal makes possible: • Mapping environmental health indicators

by neighborhood • Plotting associations between selected

indicators • Creating custom data tables • Charting trends over time • Exploring environmental health differences

by average neighborhood

income • Creating neighborhood-at-a-glance

summary reports • Exploring associations between

environmental health indicators and individual characteristics, such as

age or sex

For more information about the En - vironmental Public Health Tracking Portal, visit http://nyc.gov/health/ track ing.

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