251546 Developing a systematic approach to tracking climate change health impacts through the National Environmnetal Public Health Tracking Network

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:15 PM

Fran Marshall, JD, MSPH , Office of the State Toxicologist/PHSIS, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, SC
This is a sub-section of the Full Session on "Climate Change and the Coasts: Coping with Rising Health Threats and Preparing for the Future." This session introduces Environmental Public Health Tracing (hereinafter "EPHT") as a platform for disseminating data and information related to a number of environmental public health topics, with a focus on the Climate Change Domain that is currently under development. This presentation will introduce the audience to the basic terminoloty used in EPHT: Domain, Indicator, and Measure. It will also provide a brief overview of this relatively new program whose focus is on the continuing development of nationally consistent environmental and puclic health data. This presentation will also show how South Carolina EPHT, as a CDC grantee, has developed a landing page on "Coastal Environmental Health" which has links to data and information about the coast, generally, with some overlap of information that will likely eventually also be included in the national Climate Change Domain. The over-arching goal of EPHT is to provide a myriad of stakeholders, including the general public, researchers, policy makers, the medical community and public health practitioners with nationally consistent data. EPHT serves as a valuable platform to communicate information on environmental health topics.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the purpose of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking efforts. 2. Discuss status of the national Climate Change Content Work Group on the development of indicators and measures to track. 3. Describe South Carolina EPHT's Coastal Environmental Health landing page.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Public Health Informatics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the State Toxicologist for the SC DHEC as well as the SC EPHT Program Manager. I have a Master of Science in Public Health degree, along with a Juris Doctor.
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.