The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment has added new tracking data to its Tracking Network which now lets users review tables, maps, and charts on asthma hospitalization in the state – just one among many searchable fields related to health, environment, and demographics. The Colorado Tracking Network is an effort to make the state’s environmental health data readily available. Improving access to these kinds of data can help public health researchers, policymakers, communities and others better understand environmental public health risks and ways to lower those risks.
Data on asthma hospitalization is the latest addition to the project the CDPE launched in 2011 with the help the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Colorado is one of 25 states to receive funding from the CDC to build and implement local tracking networks. Data collected through each state feeds into the national Tracking Network.