(WFXR) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that it had received a grant from the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an environmental epidemiology program.
The announcement was made on Thursday, July 14, just a day before the CDC ends. Tracking Awareness Week.
From August, the VDH announces that it will receive $635,000 a year for five years to develop environmental epidemiology in the Commonwealth. The creation of a new Virginia Environmental Health Tracking Program (VEHTP) will facilitate the construction process.
“This grant is a big win for VDH,” said state health commissioner Colin M. Greene, MD, MPH. “This will allow us to develop an environmental epidemiology capability that will help VDH identify and address environmental exposures and risks in Virginia, as well as environmental effects on population health.”
The new program will track environmental risks, exposures and health effects to help understand how environmental factors affect the health and lives of residents across the Commonwealth, officials say.
VDH says it will use integrated data sources to identify, monitor and address health issues resulting from or related to environmental factors
VEHTP will track the following indicators:
- Air quality
- Birth defects
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- lead poisoning
- Community Drinking Water Quality
- heart attacks
- Infant mortality
A committee will be formed by the VDH to help guide the development of the new program. For more information, you can contact the Office of Family Health Services, Division of Population Health Data at [email protected]