The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3118.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 10:30 AM

Abstract #66432

Building the national environmental public health tracking network through effective partnerships

Michael McGeehin, PhD, MSPH, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, CDC National Center for Environmental Health, MS-E-19, Atlanta, GA 30333, 404-639-2500,

In 2002, Congress provided the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with $17.5 million to begin developing a nationwide environmental public health tracking network and to increase environmental public health capacity within state and local health departments. Key to the development of effective tracking programs at the national, state, and local level is increased collaboration between traditional health and environmental entities, establishment of partnerships with academia, and creation of mechanisms to exchange ideas and “best practices” between health and environmental agencies and academia. CDC is currently working with 17 states, three localities, and three schools of public health to begin building a standards-based and interoperable nationwide tracking (surveillance) network that will allow direct electronic data reporting and linkage of health effect, exposure, and environmental hazard data Schools of public health, which are funded as Centers of Excellence in Environmental Public Health Tracking, are providing support to the state and local programs and CDC through methods development, training, and provision of scientific guidance. Additionally, all of the funded partners are working closely together to conceptualize and implement the network, develop network standards, evaluate the utility of environmental public health indicators, establish stakeholder needs and priorities, and develop communication strategies. At the national level, CDC has established a strong partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and is building on other ongoing efforts to develop, standardize, and promote electronic reporting of data and improve collaboration across existing health surveillance programs.

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Keywords: Surveillance, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Environmental Health & Policy - Building the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Through Effective Partnerships

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA