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Florida Environmental Public Health TrackingLink opens in new window
The Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking program works in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track diseases that may be related to environmental exposures. This website provides data sets on environmental hazards and associated health outcomes. These efforts aim to inform communities about disease trends and design interventions that lead to better health outcomes.

Florida Birth Defects RegistryLink opens in new window
Birth defects are the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, accounting for more than 20% of all infant deaths. Of about 120,000 U.S. babies born each year with a birth defect, 8,000 die during their first year of life. In addition, birth defects are the fifth-leading cause of years of potential life lost (YPLL) and contribute substantially to childhood morbidity and long-term disability.

Florida Healthy Beaches ProgramLink opens in new window
The Beach Water Monitoring Program, also known as the Florida Healthy Beaches Program, is responsible for conducting beach water sampling for 30 coastal Florida counties every week and reporting the results to the public. Beginning as a pilot program in 1998, 11 coastal counties sampled beach water every two weeks and reported their findings to the local news and media. Now 30 coastal counties across Florida participate in the program.

Hazardous Waste Site Health Risk Assessment ProgramLink opens in new window
conducts public health assessments by looking at each chemical found at a hazardous waste site and its known health effects. Some chemicals are toxic in small amounts, but an everyday chemical can be poisonous in large amounts. When we complete an assessment, we inform communities near the site about our findings. Sometimes we inform communities even earlier, such as when we find a health threat.

Air QualityLink opens in new window
One of the most common air pollutants is ground-level ozone, also known as "smog". While Florida meets the national air quality standard for ozone, all areas of the state experience a few days each year when ozone levels are high enough to affect sensitive persons. On such days, the Air Quality Index may reach the "yellow" or "orange" range and some people may experience coughing, throat irritation, and breathing discomfort. Look for the Air Quality Index report in your local media or view the AQI report online on our Ozone Forecast and Air Quality Index page.

Hotel and Restaurant InspectionsLink opens in new window
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants (H&R) licenses, inspects and regulates public lodging and food service establishments in Florida under Chapter 509, Florida Statutes (FS). The mission of the division is to protect the health and safety of the public through education in partnership with industry.

Application for Scholars to Request Vital Statistics Data for Research Supporting Public HealthLink opens in new window
On this page you will find information about requesting access to Florida Vital Statistics data. Each application is judged on its scientific merit, methodology, data security procedures, benefit to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the public, and consistency with epidemiologic research goals of Florida Statute 381.0032. Requests for confidential data will only be granted in cases where the project meets the criteria and no other practical means of completing the project exists.

CDC's Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance SystemLink opens in new window
Discover more information about BRFSS. This national survey provides information on health risk behaviors, chronic conditions, and the use of preventative services. BRFSS questionaries, data analysis tools, and other resources are available.

FloridaHealthFinder.gov Hospital and Emergency Department QueryLink opens in new window
This query tool, provided by the Agency for Health Care Administration, shows data by hospital and by county for inpatient, outpatient and emergency department visits. The tool provides number of visits, average length of stay, total charges and average charges. It also allows data users to filter or sort results by hospital, county, payer, discharge status, diagnosis groups and more.

U.S. Census Bureau American Community SurveyLink opens in new window
This tool provides population, demographic, housing and economic information from the American Communities Survey (ACS), which is annually administered by the US Bureau of the Census. The ACS provides data for states, counties, census tracts, and zip codes.

PLACES: Local data for better healthLink opens in new window
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have expanded the original 500 Cities Project that began in 2015. The primary data sources for this project are the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Census 2010 population, and the American Community Survey estimates.

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