WTN Success Stories

The Washington Tracking Network (WTN) provides public health data, tools, visualizations, and technical assistance to the public to help make more informed, equitable decisions. Here are a few success stories of how WTN has helped improve health and equity in Washington state.

Success Stories

Programs across the state use the Washington Tracking Network’s (WTN) Environmental Health Disparities (EHD) map to guide resources with the goal of improving health and the environment in an equitable manner. Read about programs and laws that use the EHD map.

In 2021, Washington Tracking Network (WTN) staff worked as part of the Extreme Heat Incident Management Team to support the Department of Health’s Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) response to the “heat dome.” Read about how WTN assisted in the effort to keep people safe and cool.

The Washington Tracking Network (WTN) partnered with the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to create learning materials to bring public health and environmental health tools and data into high school science classrooms. Read about the partnership and the learning materials.

The Department of Commerce’s Weatherization program awards money to low-income households to make their homes more energy efficient, which means residents are forced to make fewer financial tradeoffs that can lead to poorer health outcomes. Read about how WTN helps the program identify households that need them the most.

The Washington Tracking Network (WTN) developed an interactive map that ranked each census tract by its risk for social vulnerability. Social vulnerability is how well, or poorly, a community can respond to a disaster. Read about how WTN’s Social Vulnerability to COVID-19 map was used by the Department of Health (DOH), local health departments and external partners.