Virginia Department of Health Receives Grant to Create New Environmental Health Tracking Program


Virginia Department of HealthDuring Tracking Awareness WeekThe Virginia Department of Health announced that it received a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to create an environmental epidemiology program.

Beginning in August, VDH will receive $635,000 per year for five years to develop environmental epidemiology in the Commonwealth through the creation of a new environmental health monitoring program in Virginia.

“This grant is a big win for VDH,” said Colin M. Greene, state health commissioner. “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.”

This program will track environmental hazards, environmental exposures, and environmental health effects to better understand the impact of environmental factors on the health, health inequities, and lives of Virginians.

This program will track indicators such as air quality, asthma, birth defects, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lead poisoning, quality of drinking water in the community, seizures heart disease and infant mortality, according to a VDH press release.

VDH will form a steering committee to help guide the development and direction of the new program.

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