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Tracking Housing Conditions

The Tracking Network contains data on two key indicators linked to homes: blood lead testing in children and carbon monoxide poisoning. These two indicators provide information on environmental conditions that are associated with housing environments and that can cause adverse health effects. Read more about childhood lead poisoning and CO poisoning.

Childhood Lead Poisoning

Multiple data sources are used to create measures of blood-lead testing, housing age, and poverty for this indicator. CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program compiles information from state and local childhood lead poisoning-prevention programs to track childhood blood-lead testing and levels.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Multiple data sources including emergency department visits, hospital stays, and mortality information were used to develop measures for the Tracking Network. CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, provides the Tracking Network with Multiple Cause Mortality files for the years 2000—2007 which are used to develop CO mortality measures. Additional data are from state hospital inpatient discharge and emergency department visits data repositories provided by state and local environmental health tracking programs.

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