252028 Using Environmental Public Health Tracking to prevent morbidity and mortality

Monday, October 31, 2011: 11:10 AM

Christopher Portier, PhD , National Center for Environmental Health - ATSDR, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
This talk will summarize the use of environmental public health tracking to prevent morbidity and mortality in US populations. The talk will discuss use of data on asthma emergency room and hospitalization visits to break the cycle of expensive asthma care, use of public health tracking to identify and investigate disease clusters, and the use of enicronmental public health monitoring to address emergency events. The talk will draw from examples from the Environmental Public Health Monitoring Network developed and supported by the CDC to demonstrate the utility of this type of information to address public health concerns. The linkage of these data in understanding the utility of to climate change and in assessing the utility of regulatory environmental policies in preventing diseases will be explored.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how Environmental Public Health Tracking is performed. 2. Describe how Environmental Public Health Tracking helps to prevent disease. 3. Describe how adaptation to climate change can be improved by using these data. 4. Describe how Environmental Public Health Tracking corresponds to tracking for infectious diseases.

Keywords: Surveillance, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and DIsease Registry, I am responsible for the nation's Environmental Public Health Tracking System. Prior to this position, I held a number of leadership positions at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences involving risk assessment, modeling of toxic effects, and general toxicology. I have broad familiarity with environmental health and specifically with the use of monitoring and surveillance data to protect 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.