Local Perspectives on the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

Dunlop, Thomas S. MPH, REHS; Porter, Denisha MPH, HHS, RS; Washam, Robert RS, MPH; Li, Jennifer MHS; Ho, Jessica RD, MSPH; Johnson, Rebecca MPH

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: May/June 2014 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - p 358–360
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000072
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Strong state-local relationships within the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) can enhance the ability of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments to collect and analyze data that would help determine links between environmental exposure and health. Since the National Association of County & City Health Officials is particularly interested in how local-state partnerships could benefit the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, this article features strategies to engage local health departments. First, state-local facilitated discussions have been shown to positively impact the public's health. Second, Martin County conducted a program that taught women to avoid overconsumption of high-mercury seafood, which was also implemented in other Florida counties. Finally, the Cincinnati Health Department initiated a project that promoted data sharing with the state, and the results have also been promising. Such efforts indicate that state-local partnerships have the potential to support and enrich the Tracking Program.

This article highlights the benefits of involving local health departments in efforts to support the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program by collecting and analyzing data that would help determine links between environmental exposure and health.

Pitkin County, Colorado (Mr Dunlop); Creating Healthy Communities Program, Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati, Ohio (Ms Porter); Martin County Health Department, Florida (Mr Washam); and Environmental Health and Health and Disability (Ms Li and formerly Ms Johnson), National Association of County & City Health Officials, Washington, District of Columbia.

Correspondence: Jennifer Li, MHS, National Association of County & City Health Officials, 1100 17th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 (jli@naccho.org).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Disclosure of funding received for this work from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

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