CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network : keeping track, promoting health
Corporate Authors:National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects.
Description:For decades, the United States has faced a gap in knowing how environmental contaminants affect people’s health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to close this gap by improving surveillance through the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network).
The Tracking Network is a dynamic Web-based tool that, for the first time, provides health and environmental data in one easy to find location.
• Health professionals and researchers will have access to more and better scientific data allowing them to learn more about health conditions related to the environment.
• Parents can learn about conditions such as asthma or the presence of contaminants in the air where they live and take action to protect their children.
• Elected officials can make more informed health policy decisions. For example, they can see their community’s air quality trends to determine if actions taken to reduce pollution levels are working.
To lay the foundation for the National Tracking Network, CDC is currently funding health departments in 23 states and New York City to build local =tracking networks.
Each health department is funded to build a local network to:
• Monitor environmental public health issues important in their communities.
• Share local data with CDC for the National Tracking Network to monitor and identify national environmental public health trends.
The Tracking Network will continue to grow as CDC increases the types of data available and adds new functionality. Plans also include supporting more states, cities, and counties to contribute data, so more people from around the country can see vital public health and environment information about their communities.
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