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CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program; national network implementation plan (NNIP)
  • Published Date:
    August 2006
Filetype[PDF-1.27 MB]

  • Alternative Title:
    National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program ; National network implementation plan (NNIP) ; NNIP ;
  • Description:
    Executive summary -- 1. Introduction -- 2. What are the functions and uses of the tracking network? -- 3. What are the components of the tracking network? -- 4. How is the tracking network accessed? -- 5. What services does the tracking network provide? -- 6. What content is on the tracking network? -- 7. Implementation activities -- Appendix A: Summary of activities by responsible entities for tracking network development -- Appendix B: Overview of NNIP development -- Appendix C: Acronyms and abbreviations

    "In January 2001, the Pew Environmental Health Commission called for the creation of a coordinated public health system to prevent disease in the United States by tracking and combating environmental health threats. In response, the U.S. Congress appropriated funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2002. This funding enabled CDC to develop the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (referred to as Tracking Program). The purpose of the CDC's Tracking Program is to establish a nationwide tracking network to obtain integrated health and environmental data and use it to provide information in support of actions that improve the health of communities. CDC is establishing the Tracking Network by drawing from a wide range of stakeholders with expertise from federal, state, and local health and environmental agencies; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); state public health and environmental laboratories; and schools of public health. The difference between the Tracking Program and the Tracking Network is that the Tracking Program is much broader and includes not only the Tracking Network but the people, resources, and program management involved in building this network. The Tracking Network is a discrete product of the Tracking Program. The Tracking Program can use data gathered from the Tracking Network to identify areas and populations most likely to be affected by environmental contamination and to provide important information on the health and environmental status of communities. Analyses of data from the Tracking Network will provide valuable information on changes or trends in levels of pollutants, population exposure, and occurrence of noninfectious health effects and enable environmental public health practitioners and researchers to examine the possible relations among them. The information can be used to drive public health policy and actions that ultimately will reduce the burden of adverse health effects on the American public. This document, CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program: National Network Implementation Plan (NNIP), outlines the path that the Tracking Program is taking to develop and implement the Tracking Network over the next 5 years. The plan supports achieving success in both immediate and long-term time frames while providing direction and guidance to the many stakeholders who contribute to the Tracking Network's ongoing development as well as the overall program's implementation. The NNIP gives insight into the topics and approaches that lead to improved network performance, sustainability, quality, and focus. The NNIP outlines CDC's strategy for developing and implementing the Tracking Network by clarifying functions and components and describing approaches to developing the components. Specifically, the NNIP describes the background, context, needs, and goals of the Tracking Network; outlines the principal functions and components of the Tracking Network; discusses the steps needed to implement the components; and identifies the entities responsible for taking the implementation steps." - p. iii

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