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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 Mar-Apr;21 Suppl 2:S4-11. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000173.

Environmental public health tracking: driving environmental health information.

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National Center for Environmental Health (Mr Charleston); and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia (Mss Wilson and David and Messrs Edwards and Dewitt).

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Historically, public health professionals lacked the capacity to evaluate and conduct key investigations into the health of their environment. By bringing together environmental and health effects data from a variety of data sources, the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking) allows users to easily analyze and research the relationships between human health and the environment.

OBJECTIVE:

As the Tracking Network has matured, its information has been used to guide public health actions, generate hypothesis, and demonstrate relationships between environment and health outcomes.

PARTICIPANTS:

The Tracking Network is composed of state, local, and national environment and public health partners.

SETTINGS:

The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is part of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DESIGN:

Tracking standardizes existing data from diverse sources while leveraging technologies and applying sound communication practices to provide a user-friendly interface for the data system by all types of users.

PMID:
25621444
PMCID:
PMC4801009
DOI:
10.1097/PHH.0000000000000173
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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