Wisconsin Tracking Program

Website: dhs.wisconsin.gov/ephtExternal
Email: dhstracking@wi.gov

Mission:

Wisconsin has a long tradition of strong local health departments committed to protecting people in their communities. Every day local health departments address a wide range of environmental health concerns, such as drinking water contamination, lead poisoning, and Lyme disease. The Wisconsin Tracking Program assists local health departments in tackling these issues by:

  • Hosting a cutting-edge environmental public health data portal
  • Developing and disseminating County Environmental Health Profiles
  • Creating fact sheets, toolkits, videos, and other resources
  • Offering technical assistance in epidemiology, communications, and evaluation

Quick Stats:

  • In Wisconsin, four in ten householdsCdc-pdfExternal rely on private wells for their drinking water.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning became a reportable acute condition in 2018.
  • One in four Wisconsin homes were built before 1950, a key risk factor for childhood lead poisoning.
  • Wisconsin is among the 14 states that account for 95% of all Lyme disease cases.

Wisconsin Tracking supports more nationally-accredited health departmentsExternal than any other Tracking grantee.

Milestones:

Important events and achievements of the tracking program

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    2002

    Wisconsin Tracking Program established with CDC funding

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    2003-2006

    Worked with CDC and other recipient tracking programs to establish nationally consistent data and measures

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    2007

    Launched the first version of the WI Tracking site

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    2008

    Published Wisconsin’s first County Environmental Health ProfilesExternal

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    2015

    Launched new WI Tracking siteExternal which can display sub-county dataExternal

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    2011

    Worked with local and academic partners to develop a prototype for the Wisconsin Private Well Water ViewerExternal

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    2015

    Released a statewide carbon monoxide poisoning alert system

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    2015

    Began funding nearly three dozen mini-grantsCdc-pdfExternal for communities to conduct local environmental health projects

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    2018

    Worked with partners to make carbon monoxide poisoning a reportable acute condition in the state

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Unique 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.

Page last reviewed: December 11, 2018