Washington Tracking Program
The Washington (WA) Tracking Program provides meaningful data and information to the public and partners to support public health action. The overall goal is to provide data that policy makers and public health officials can use to improve the health of communities through interventions and targeted resources.
- Washington State has seven million residents living in both urban and rural settings.
- A variety of industry and agriculture practices has contributed to the pollution of Washington’s environment.
- Air pollution from cars, trucks, shipping, and wildfires can affect individuals’ health, particularly among those vulnerable to polluted air. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone are widespread pollutants across Washington state.
Important events and achievements of the tracking program
Washington Tracking Program established with CDC funding
Making Data Available for Everyone: Before the WA Tracking Program was formed, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) did not have a website where people could search for information about environmental concerns. Local and state health workers had access to a restricted, secure query system of critical health data, but that system was outdated and quickly becoming more difficult to support. Today, because of the WA Tracking Program, the Washington DOH has a dynamic and integrated web application that anyone can access to help them understand and make informed decisions about environmental public health.