5182.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Understanding Environmental Hazards, Exposures, and Health Outcomes: An Examination of Tracking Activities, Implementation and Data Needs

Protecting and improving the health of the public is the underlying goal of national environmental policies in the United States. Achieving this goal requires a solid public health foundation to track hazards in the environment, population exposures and environmentally-related health outcomes. Despite thirty years of environmental progress in controlling hazards in the environment, the body of knowledge about the health consequences of environmental exposures is in its infancy. Public environmental health systems designed to track environmental exposures and health outcomes in the population lag behind and are disconnected from aggressive environmental control strategies designed to prevent or reduce hazardous emissions to the environment. This session will draw on the expertise of federal, state, and local government representatives as well as the experience of non-government organizations in environmental health to discuss existing infrastructure and capacity for surveillance and tools and methodologies to evaluate environmental health information. Case examples and ongoing examinations of surveillance by key agencies and organizations such as the National Center for Environmental Health, the General Accounting Office, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Pew Environmental Health Commission will be described
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Jill Litt
2:30 PMThe Environment and Public Health: A Look at the Nation's Ability to Track and Respond to Environmental Hazards, Exposures, and Health Outcomes
Jill S. Litt, PhD, Thomas A. Burke, PhD, Nga L. Tran, DrPH, Kristen Chossek, MPH, Roni Neff, MPH
2:45 PMTOXIC CHEMICALS: Long-Term Coordinated Strategy Needed to Measure Exposures in Humans
Katherine Iritani, Cheryl Williams
3:00 PMBiomonitoring: Measuring Toxic Substances in People
Marilyn DiSirio
3:15 PMChildren's Environmental Health Indicators
Tracey J Woodruff, PhD, MPH, Amy D. Kyle, PhD, MPH
3:30 PMUsing GIS to create an integrated data warehouse for environmental health surveillance
Michael B. Knapp, PhD, Gary V. Archambault, MS
The following abstracts have been withdrawn by the authors:
Environmental Health Surveillance in Context of Hazards, Exposures, and Risks - A National Prioritization Strategy
Cosponsors:Epidemiology; Occupational Health and Safety

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA