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Understanding the geography of asthma

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What is the problem?

Asthma affects about 11% of adults and 10% of children in Vermont. Some areas of the state have higher rates of hospital stays and emergency room visits due to asthma, but the reasons remain unknown. Rutland County has the highest hospital stays rate of all Vermont counties. The Department of Environmental Conservation's air monitoring data show that this county also has the most days per year of air pollution from fine particulate matter.

What did Tracking do?

Differences in hospitalization rates between geographic areas may result from local population characteristics. They also may be caused by local environmental exposures to fine particulate matter and ozone pollution or mold and allergens in older housing. The Vermont Tracking Program will partner with the department of health's CDC-funded Asthma Program to use tracking data to identify trends and patterns in asthma hospitalizations and emergency department visits. Better understanding of asthma triggers could lead to better ways to prevent asthma.

Improved public health

The Vermont Tracking Program plans to use this information to determine the most appropriate public health actions. These actions will lead to fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to asthma.



Tracking fluoride in drinking water

Boy brushing teeth using tap water

What is the problem?

In Vermont, most people use drinking water from public systems that contain fluoride. Fluoride also occurs naturally in some areas of the state at levels below, equal to or higher than the safe levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Studies have consistently shown that water with fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. However, some communities question the need for fluoride in their water systems.

What did Tracking do?

The Vermont Tracking Program will study insurance claims made for dental cavities, and compare those claims in towns served by public water systems with fluoride and towns with systems that do not have fluoride in the water. Data from private drinking wells will also be considered.

Improved public health

The Vermont Tracking Program plans to use the results of this project to make recommendations to local water systems about using fluoride in public drinking water systems.



Improving cross-border public health investigations

Nuclear power plant

What is the problem?

The New England states occupy a small area, and complex environmental issues and public health events often cross borders. One example of this is the tritium contaminated groundwater at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which borders Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Coordination and data-sharing among public health, environmental, agriculture and emergency management agencies in-state and with bordering states was required to analyze risk and monitor the investigation and remediation.

What did Tracking do?

Sharing data across borders will help Vermont and neighboring states better analyze, interpret, and respond to public health hazards.

Improved public health

The Vermont Tracking Program will make data sharing easier both within the state and with neighboring states. It will also improve response time to public inquiries and help public health professionals use the best resources for public health actions.




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