Massachusetts Department of Public Health seal Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking

Update History

December 2021

The following updates have been made to the EPHT portal:

Content update:

Data Update:

December 2020

The following updates have been made to the EPHT portal:

  • New MassTrack newsletter on our climate-enhanced Community Profiles
  • New Lead in Soil fact sheet
  • New program information on Choose Safe Places, a resource for early education and childcare programs that puts them in touch with state environmental health professionals, during the siting process, to screen proposed locations for environmental hazards
  • Explore the Data and Mapping Layer Update for Direct Cancer Rates to 2016​ and Standard Incidence Ratios to 2015

May 2020

The following updates have been made to the EPHT portal:

April 26, 2019

The following updates have been made to the EPHT portal:

  • EPHT has posted new content and data for Reproductive Health Outcomes. You can now look up data for city/town and census tract!
  • The newest issue of our MA EPHT Newsletter, MassTrack is now available!
  • Metadata is important! Learn more on our enhanced "About Our Data" page.
  • Check out our new Map Glossary to see a list of available geographic layers that you can add to the map when you run a data query.

August 13, 2018

Learn about protecting yourself from Skin Cancer this summer in the latest issue of the MA EPHT newsletter, MassTrack Summer 2018.

New and improved printable tutorials are now available to assist in using the MA EPHT website, accessing data, generating maps, and more! Check them out in the "How to Use Tracking" page in the "About" menu.

We now have an Indoor Air Quality web page with information about common indoor air quality issues and solutions, located in the Environment Section of the website.

Many of our pages now have easy-access, interactive data widgets that quickly show rates of disease over time for specific geographies . All of our usual data can still be queried in more detail by clicking the green and white “Explore maps and tables” buttons on each content page. Check out widgets for: Childhood Lead Poisoning, Pediatric Asthma, Pediatric Diabetes, Asthma, Carbon Monoxide, COPD, Heart Attack, Heat Stress, and Outdoor Air Quality.

We just completed a major data update, spanning multiple topics! See the table below for details!


Updated to

Asthma (hosp, ED)


Birth Defects


Cancer - Direct Rates


Cancer - Standardized Incidence Ratios


Carbon monoxide (hosp, ED)


Childhood Blood Lead


COPD (hosp, ED)


Heat stress (hosp, ED)


Myocardial infarction (hosp)


Pediatric Asthma


Pediatric Diabetes


May 31, 2018

Spring Newsletter: The Spring Issue of our Newsletter, MassTrack, is now available! Click here to view it and to get information about subscribing.

COPD Information: Peruse the new COPD content page for information on COPD and about upcoming COPD data.

Share Buttons: Use our new share buttons to send useful information to coworkers, friends, family, and followers, available at the bottom right of each web page.

January 23, 2018

The Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking website now includes a page on exposures.

November 20, 2017

The Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking website has been updated with a new theme the is better organized and now responsive for viewing on mobile devices.

February 25, 2017

Check out our new Childhood Lead Screening Community Progress Report! View community-specific indicators of childhood lead screening and exposure, as well as information and resources to help keep children safe from lead exposure.

February 20 , 2017

Since our portal release in July of 2014, the EPHT team has been constantly working to improve performance and enhance EPHT's system capabilities to best fit the needs of local health stakeholders. This webinar, titled “Local Health Tracking – Exploring the Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal to support local health” and presented on January 26th of 2017, introduces the Environmental Public Health Tracking website with a focus on how it can be used to gather and share information to support a variety of community-based projects. This is a great way to learn how to use EPHT for either your own personal interest, community work or other public health purposes.

December 8, 2016

New Data Available! You can now look at 2015 for Childhood Blood Lead data, and 2014 for Outdoor Air Quality data

October 8, 2016

New Content Posted! Check out our Health Impact Assessment web page, under Planning & Tools tab in the main menu and the Recreational Beaches web page, under the Environment tab in the main menu

October 1, 2016

We've Upgraded! You might notice a new look and feel to our data queries and reports - we've recently upgraded the software that runs our system that enhances performance.

May 26, 2016

A new Lead in Drinking Water FAQ is now available! This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions about lead and health, how lead gets into your drinking water, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family from lead exposure.

March 31, 2016

Community Profile reports are live! See selected health, environmental and demographic data for any community in Massachusetts, all in one report.

March 29, 2016

Check out the first series of our updated EPHT tutorials.

February 17, 2016

New and Improved Pediatric Asthma report by School is now available. Click the "Maps & Tables" button next to the Pediatric Asthma landing page to explore the data!

January 17, 2016

Check out our Radon Fact Sheet! This two page pdf provides a printable fact sheet of radon information.

December 7, 2015

See the new additions to our Cancer content area!

  • Risk Factor Summaries are now available for 10 different cancer types
  • SIR data for 2006-2010 is now available
  • SIR data for 2007-2011 is available on December 7, 2015
  • Direct Incidence Rates for 2008-2012 data is now available

July 14, 2015

New content area! Visit our Radon page for information about radon in Massachusetts.

June 29, 2015

MDPH-BCEH has released an updated version of the MEPHT Portal. In addition to the updated climate change content, referenced in the June 23, 2015 update, we have provided an updated tabbed layout on several of the content pages and updated our feedback survey. Please take a moment to give us some feedback and complete the short survey before you leave the MEPHT Portal.

June 23, 2015

Check out our updated Climate Change page. We have added a lot of new content including:

June 5, 2015

MA EPHT has uploaded 2 new years of hospitalization and emergency department data. Data for 2011 and 2012 is now available for asthma, carbon monoxide, heat stress and myocardial Infarction (heart attack).

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