|Community Profile Report|
|About Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT)|
|The Massachusetts Department of Public Health EPHT program has assembled profiles to provide a snapshot of environmental health for Massachusetts communities. |
What information is inside this community profile?Data for several health and environmental topics are presented in this profile, as well as population information. Terms that might be unfamiliar are in bold and defined in a glossary at the end of the profile..
Who can use this community health profile, and what can they use it for?The community health profiles can be used by anyone who would like to know about environmental public health in Massachusetts communities. Profiles can be used to gather data, guide public health actions, identify high-risk groups, shape policy decisions, or simply inform the curious.
What is environmental public health?The word “environment” produces images of the outdoors – trees, grass, and other parts of the natural world. In the field of environmental public health, the environment also includes the man-made spaces that surround us every day – our homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces – all of which contribute to our health.
How can the environment impact my health?In several ways! Some examples include runny noses and itchy eyes from pollen allergies that occur each spring, asthma attacks triggered by air pollution, and health problems in young children due to consuming old lead-based paint chips and dust.
Why track environmental public health?Monitoring different health topics over several years allows us to see trends over time and helps public health scientists better understand how the environment can impact our health.