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Environmental Public Health Tracking

Driving Environmental Health Information

Charleston, Alex E. MPH; Wilson, Holly R. MHSE, CHES; Edwards, Peter O. MPA; David, Felicita MS; Dewitt, Shannon BS

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: March/April 2015 - Volume 21 - Issue - p S4–S11
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000173
National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
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Context: Historically, public health professionals lacked the capacity to evaluate and conduct key investigations into the health of their environment. By bringing together environmental and health effects data from a variety of data sources, the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking) allows users to easily analyze and research the relationships between human health and the environment.

Objective: As the Tracking Network has matured, its information has been used to guide public health actions, generate hypothesis, and demonstrate relationships between environment and health outcomes.

Participants: The Tracking Network is composed of state, local, and national environment and public health partners.

Settings: The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is part of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Design: Tracking standardizes existing data from diverse sources while leveraging technologies and applying sound communication practices to provide a user-friendly interface for the data system by all types of users.

This study shows that the Tracking Network has been used to guide public health actions, generate hypothesis, and demonstrate relationships between environment and health outcomes.

National Center for Environmental Health (Mr Charleston); and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia (Mss Wilson and David and Messrs Edwards and Dewitt).

Correspondence: Alex E. Charleston, MPH, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, MS F-60, Atlanta, GA 30341 (aac4@cdc.gov).

The findings and conclusions in the report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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