Louisiana Tracking Program
Website: http://lepht.dhh.la.gov/external icon
Through strong partnerships, the Louisiana (LA) Tracking Program aims to use their data tool and their resources to:
- inform policies
- aid in public health planning and response
- promote further study and research in public and environmental health and
- educate communities throughout the state to assist them in making more informed decisions about their health.
Louisiana repeatedly has ranked below the national averages for public health and environmental quality. Public health and environmental issues such as oil spills, carbon monoxide poisonings, and well water contamination are just a few of the problems that affect Louisiana.
According to the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program (LCP) reportexternal icon, LA has the 4th highest death rate from colorectal cancer in the country. High-risk population factors like smoking, eating processed and red meat, genetics, and not enough people getting screened contribute to this statistic.
Important events and achievements of the tracking program
Louisiana Tracking Program established with CDC funding
Launched the LA Tracking site in partnership with the Department’s Bureau for Health Informatics
In addition to the set of standard data collected and displayed by all state and local tracking programs, individual programs may host data that are important to their populations.