Tracking Awareness Week 2023: July 17 – 21

The CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is hosting the eighth annual Tracking Awareness Week from Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21. This year’s theme is “Data for Action.” 

What Is Tracking Awareness Week?

National Tracking Awareness Week is dedicated to bringing national attention to environmental health issues by connecting a network of health departments, health care professionals, environmental allies, and anyone interested in public health.  

The Tracking Program’s unique data and resources are designed to drive people to take action. Through national public health data—like a multitude of medical conditions broken down by demographics—community members are able to make information-driven decisions on their health. This includes health issues directly and secondarily related to environmental factors. 

Each day will highlight a different topic, including:

Monday: Innovation
Tuesday: Health Equity
Wednesday: Data in Action
Thursday: Collaboration
Friday: Data Modernization

How to Get Involved in Tracking Awareness Week

Anyone can participate, but the best way to spread the word is through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ChangeForAction. The CDC also created daily social media prompts and graphics you can share with your friends and followers. 

Next Thursday, July 20, the CDC is hosting a Twitter chat from 2 – 3pm EDT. You can interact and follow along using the hashtag #TrackingChat. Preview the questions here

You can also sign up for the CDC’s tracking email alerts so you’re up to date on the latest trends. 

Resources

Here are a few resources we can offer on collecting and using data to safeguard your health: 

PurpleAir Map

Check out the PurpleAir map for real-time air quality data

Air Quality Index Chart

We designed this fact sheet to inform the public about environmental health issues, their impact on at-risk communities, and how to protect against them. 

AirNow

Another powerful and popular tool is AirNow.gov, which provides a live air quality rating of ozone and particulate matter, daily forecast, and smoke and wildfire trackers, as well as a list of primary pollutants.

CleanAIRE NC’s Air Monitor Network

Check out our network of air monitors specific to North Carolina.

For more information on tracking or the event, visit the CDC’s tracking awareness week webpage or follow their online system called the Tracking Network

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Tracking Awareness Week!

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