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Tracking and Assessment

Understanding the Connection between Environment and Health

Our environment consists of the air we breathe, the soil beneath our feet, the water we drink, the food we eat and the schools, buildings and homes where we spend our time. Our health can be a reflection of the environment we live in. When our land, water, air and food are healthy and safe, we are more likely to be the same. Tracking and assessment helps us to understand how we are affected by our environment.

Tracking refers to the process of following diseases or exposures through time, in an attempt to understand the patterns and occurrence of certain conditions. Assessment is the act of examining, measuring and understanding what is in our environment and how that affects us. This can include things as diverse as chemical substances, policies, transportation systems, or the construction of specific projects like a dam or a playground.

Program Areas

Environmental Health Assessment

The EHAP program works at the request of concerned individuals and organizations to assess and prevent human exposure to chemical contamination.


Health Impact Assessment

The Oregon Public Health Division's Health Impact Assessment program focuses on building our collective capacity to evaluate the health effects of projects and policies, and to provide the information to decision makers.


Oregon Environmental Public Health Tracking

The Oregon Tracking Program is part of a national network working to increase understanding of environmental hazards, exposures, and health effects through data collection and analysis and a web-based data portal.

The data portal is a data query system with information about environmental hazards, human exposures and potentially related health outcomes in Oregon.


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