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Oregon Environmental Public Health Tracking
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Oregon Tracking presents (twice!) at the 2014 National Public Health Conference

Oregon Tracking is the first state to use driver's license data from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for population-based Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment. Public health agencies, researchers, and other health professionals need reliable local data to guide prevention efforts. State issued driver license and identification (ID) card records allow for the tracking of the population's weight status at a sub-county level, providing great details on
patterns and disparities. But, doesn't everybody lie about their height and weight? And who updates their height and weight when it is time to renew?

Oregon Tracking addressed these questions and more in their presentation, Driving Health Forward: Driver's License data for population based BMI Assessment, at the 2014 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you weren't able to make it to NOLA, you can access the full reporthere and view the data in Oregon Tracking's portal.

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Other News...

  • Please excuse our dust as we work to re-organize the Oregon Tracking webpages! Stay tuned for a bit of a face-lift in the next coming weeks and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you!
  • CDC is excited to announce that the Pesticide Exposures module is now available on the National Tracking Network. You will find information and data about reported exposures by location, the reason for the exposure, and the illness that resulted from the reported exposure. These data come from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and are available for all 50 states.
  • Another release by CDC includes a new and improved Info by Location tool on the Tracking Network. Now you can enter your county name or zip code and view infographic-style environmental health info about your county. Check it out! http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showHome.action

About the Oregon Tracking Program

Environmental Public Health Tracking (Oregon Tracking) is working to develop a statewide network of health and environmental data that will drive actions to improve the health of communities.

By bringing together environmental and health information sources, scientists, communities, policymakers, and the public will be better equipped to answer fundamental questions about the relationships between environmental exposures and health effects.