Michigan Tracking Program
The purpose of the Michigan (MI) Tracking Program is to support the availability, quality, timeliness, compatibility, and utility of existing environmental, exposure, and health data. MI Tracking collects and integrates data in one online location available to the public, resulting in informed public health actions that mitigate the impacts of environmental hazards on human health.
Michigan has a centuries-long history of industrial and agricultural development. Unfortunately, the economic gains of this development have been achieved partially at a cost to the environment. Contaminants from industrial and agricultural activities that are of concern in Michigan include air pollutants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, and mercury and other contaminants in soil, sediments, fish, and wildlife.
Important events and achievements of the tracking program
Michigan Tracking Program established with CDC funding
Submitted data to CDC
Added more features to the MI Tracking site including advanced mapping options and city-level data
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. The Michigan Tracking Program collaborates with the health department’s Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease Section to host public-reported tick data.
Interventions for Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels throughout Michigan
When a child is identified as having an elevated blood lead level (EBLL), in-home nursing case management should take place to identify lead hazards and educate families about ways to lower the child’s blood lead level. Until recently, Michigan’s local health departments (LHDs) had limited resources and capacity to provide these services to children with EBLLs.
In late 2015, the Michigan Tracking Program conducted in-depth analyses of state blood lead surveillance data. The Michigan Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) used the data analysis to inform decisions about resources needed to address the health needs of all children with EBLLs throughout the state.
After extensive planning with Michigan Medicaid, the CLPPP contracted with LHDs to provide in-home nursing case management for Medicaid-enrolled children with EBLLs. In addition, they ensured training of LHD nurses and set up data management processes to track interventions with the children and their families.