Online Program

Academic/community partnership: Environmental public health tracking and climate change

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

John O. Davies-Cole, PhD, MPH, Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, District of Columbia Department of Health, Washington, DC
Andrew Strunk, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Environmental Public Health Tracking is a national surveillance program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore environmental exposures and associated health effects. EPHT is designed to provide public access to environmental health data and support research, programs and policies that will protect the public's health. This presentation discusses Phase II of an Environmental Public Health Tracking initiative led by the District of Columbia Department of Health, Center for Policy Planning and Evaluation (CPPE). A 12 member Technical Advisory Group representing public health, community organizations, and universities provided guidance in the development and implementation of the EPHT initiative. University students assisted in data collection and analysis for both Phases. Phase I pilot-tested data on 25 climate change and health indicators including green house gases, temperature changes, heat related deaths. Key climate change and health indicators for the demonstration project for Phase II of the study included data collected from 2007-2010: hospitalizations for asthma and for myocardial infarction, air quality (ozone and particulate matter), along with demographic characteristics (geocode/ward, age, race, gender). Preliminary analyses indicate that for each year studied, women are significantly more likely to be admitted to the hospital with asthma than are men, children 0-9 years of age were more likely to be hospitalized for asthma when compared to other age groups, and African Americans were significantly more likely to be hospitalized for both asthma and myocardial infarction. Trends over time indicate that hospitalizations for both asthma and cardiovascular disease has been steadily increasing since 2007. Final data analysis including correlations for air quality indicators and health outcomes by race, age, and gender will be completed later this month and will be reported at the presentation, along with discussion about the feasibility of using EPHT to explore climate change and public health effects.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the academic/community partnership including roles and responsibilities for this Environmental Public Health Tracking initiative. Discuss environmental and human health indicators analyzed to explore impacts of climate change. Evaluate feasibility of using EPHT to study climate change and public health outcomes.

Keyword(s): Air Pollutants, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have actively participated in this research project as a member of the Technical Advisory Group and as epidemiologist for this project.
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.