Epidemiology: Occupational and Environmental

Environmental Health Data Dashboard

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The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Public Health is developing an Environmental Health Data Dashboard (EHDD) that will allow users to view interactive maps and environmental health data visualizations at the state and county levels. The North Carolina EHDD will monitor and report environmental and climate hazards that can affect human health throughout the state.

 Our Goals

  • Provide a central hub of environmental health (EH) and climate data to the public.
  • Monitor EH and climate indicators over space and time.
  • Map resources to strengthen community resilience against climate hazards such as hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, poor air quality, and extreme heat.
  • Examine community characteristics and vulnerabilities that lead to inequitable exposures and disproportionate health outcomes.
  • Report findings to partners through education and outreach.
  • Collaborate with community, government, and research partners to interpret findings and inform actions that increase health equity.
  • Tell NC-specific stories to promote environmental and climate justice through data visualization.

Supporting Resources

  • North Carolina Environmental Public Health Data Inventory. This resource provides a listing of available state agency databases that can be used to measure environmental hazards and related health outcomes.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network was created to better understand the connection between health and the environment. The Tracking Network provides some state-specific data on environmental exposures and related health outcomes through an interactive web portal.
  • Healthy People 2030 is a national framework that focuses on improving the health of Americans by reducing community exposure to harmful environmental pollutants in our air, water, soil, food, and built environments. The site includes objectives and progress on tracking environmental health indicators such as lead and arsenic exposure, as well as indicators related to neighborhoods, built environments, and transportation. Many of the indicators tracked by Healthy People 2030 will be presented on the local level by the EHDD.
  • The NC Disaster Response and Recovery and NC Healthy Homes County Resources Library websites have resources to assist NC residents with disaster recovery and other environmental health needs.

Outcomes and Measures

NC Environmental Health Data Dashboard, Draft map view, Climate indicator by census tract.

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The following outcomes and measures help to build a more complete picture of climate change and environmental health in North Carolina. Many of these will be incorporated into the EHDD.

Click the links below for external information on each source.

Why Does the Environment Matter?

The environment where we live, work, and play can affect our health. Environmental hazards exist when people have the potential to be exposed to harmful levels of environmental contaminants (e.g., mercury, pesticides) through various pathways or sources (e.g., water, air) and become ill. The EHDD integrates health outcome data with information about environmental and climate-related hazards so that these data can be explored together over space and time to identify any patterns and inform actions to prevent harmful exposures to communities throughout the state. Having this information easily available and accessible to the public, policy makers, and researchers is the first step toward increasing health equity, improving environmental justice, and building climate resilience for North Carolina.

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Last Modified: September 27, 2021