205280 Environmental Public Health Tracking Network

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:10 PM

Alex Charleston, MPH , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Altanta, GA
The link between environmental risk factors and chronic disease is still largely unknown. Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of ten deaths in America. These diseases strike more than a third of our population and the costs of caring for people with chronic diseases account for over 75% of the nation's health care budget.

Much of public health surveillance focuses on infectious diseases. A need exists for a more comprehensive approach to the collection and analysis of noninfectious disease data and the integration of that information with environmental hazard and biomonitoring data. The availability of data in a standardized tracking network will enable the community and its public health professionals to begin to understand possible associations between the environment and adverse health effects.

The purpose of the CDC's Environmental Public Health Tracking (Tracking) Program is to provide information from a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data that drives public health action. The Tracking Network integrates the three distinct components of hazard monitoring, exposure, and health effects surveillance into an informatics network which provides valid information on environmental exposures and adverse health conditions and the possible spatial and temporal relations between them. Analysis tools utilize Tracking data on the Network to allow users to bridge gaps between hazard monitoring, exposure, and health effects and provide information on the health and environmental status of communities. The data can be used to drive public health policy and actions that ultimately will reduce the burden of adverse health effects.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the features and information available on Tracking Network 2. Describe the information gap that the National EPHT Network will be designed to fill and necessary steps for implementing EPHT networks at the state and national level 3. Discuss specific focus areas for environmental and health outcomes population surveillance 4. Describe how National Tracking Network brings together the often disparate fields of environmental monitoring, environmental health and chronic disease prevention in order to work towards a coordinated information system.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 15 years experience at CDC working with surveillance and public health information system. I also have a Masters in Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.