Tracking Awareness Week

tracking awareness week

This week, July 6-10, 2020, Iowa is one of 25 states and 1 city that are recognizing Tracking Awareness Week, and the theme is “Powered by Tracking”.  Iowa is part of the National Tracking Network, created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to make environmental and health data available to the public on the Iowa Public Health Tracking portal.

Throughout the week, we will highlight the following information about the Iowa Public Health Tracking program:

Unique Tracking Data
Expanding Tracking Partnerships
Affecting Policy or Improving Processes
Faces of Tracking
Celebrating Successes

Unique Tracking Data

As part of the Tracking Network, Iowa contributes certain standardized health and environmental data to the CDC.  The Iowa Public Health Tracking portal also provides unique data that is important to our local partners as well.

The unique Iowa Tracking data available includes:


Expanding Tracking Partnerships

Iowa Public Health Tracking is continually expanding partnerships to help lead, develop, support, and implement innovative programs that protect and improve community health. Since August 2019, Tracking has partnered with several Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) programs to display their data on the portal.

These partnerships formed have resulted in the following IDPH program data being added to the portal:

General Health Status

  • Good General Health Data
  • Poor Physical Health Data
  • Poor Mental Health Data

Hepatitis C

  • Newly Diagnosed Cases Data


  • Adult Overweight and Obesity Data

Substance Use and Misuse

  • Adult Substance Abuse Data
  • Youth Substance Abuse Data
  • Prescription Monitoring Program Data


  • Youth Tobacco Use


Affecting Policy or Improving Processes

The Iowa Public Health Tracking program's public health actions show how we work to protect, maintain, and improve Iowan‘s health by delivering data on health trends and environmental conditions. These actions can help educate public health leaders and communities so they can make informed decisions about planning, implementing, and evaluating public health activities.

All of the Iowa Public Health Tracking's public health actions can be found here.


Faces of Tracking

The work Tracking does affects real people just like you. From scientists, policy makers, school districts, public health professionals, and everyday citizens, our data is accessible to a variety of people concerned about their environment and their health. 

You can become a face of Tracking by providing feedback that will help us to continue to add new new content, data, and to improve the user experience on the Iowa Public Health Tracking portal. 


Celebrating Successes

Iowa is one of the 26 tracking programs here in the US. What does that mean? It means we are passionate about sharing public health information and data that can improve your life and your community’s well-being. You can find all of the available data on the Iowa Public Health Tracking portal at https://tracking.idph.iowa.gov/.

Additional information and data can also be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Tracking Network.