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 - 10:50 AM

Abstract #68014

Environmental public health tracking: A collaborative approach between Wisconsin and Tulane University

Lynda Knobeloch, PhD, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, 1 West Wilson Street Room 150, Madison, WI 53701-2659, 608 266-1253, knobelm@dhfs.state.wi.us and Luann E. White, PhD, DABT, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Center for Applied Environmental Public Health, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112.

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services has been selected by CDCís Center for Environmental Health to develop a national Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) network. The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine was designated by CDC as one of the three academic Centers of Excellence. The Tulane Center of Excellence for EPHT has been paired with Wisconsin to assist in the development and implementation of EPHT projects. As a part of the EPHT, Wisconsin will focus on possible linkages between childhood cancer and environmental exposures, and the assessment of exposure to pesticides, carbon monoxide, and methyl mercury. One aspect of the EPHT system is the enhancement and standardization of methods for the collection, compilation and analysis of data to ascertain linkages among environmental hazards, exposure and health outcomes. Methods that will be used by Wisconsin for EPHT include hospital records review, GIS mapping, statistical analysis, electronic reporting of poisonings, site investigations, and hair mercury analysis. Public health experts at Tulane will assist Wisconsin in EPHT development activities, particularly in GIS mapping, statistical methods and data analysis.

The speakers will describe Wisconsin's environmental public health tracking initiative and discuss the role of the Tulane Center of Excellence for implementing EPHT projects. Specific roles of three Wisconsin agencies and the interaction with the Tulane Center of Excellence will be discussed. In addition, the speakers will explain how the collaborative initiative will build a national environmental public health tracking system.

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Keywords: Cancer, Pesticide Exposure

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: Grant Recipient from Centers for Disease Control for Environmental Public Health Tracking

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

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