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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards for nationally consistent data and measures within the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Version 3.0
  • Published Date:
    June 20, 2013
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-1.57 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.). Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. Environmental Health Tracking Branch.
  • Description:
    Environmental Public Health Tracking is the ongoing collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data from environmental hazard monitoring, human exposure, and health effects surveillance. In financial year 2002, Congress appropriated funds to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a national environmental public health tracking network and to improve environmental health capacity at the state and local level.

    CDC established its National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program with the following goals:

    1. Build a sustainable national environmental public health tracking network (Tracking Network);

    2. Enhance environmental public health tracking workforce and infrastructure;

    3. Disseminate information to guide policy, practice, and other actions to improve the Nation’s health;

    4. Advance environmental public health science and research;

    5. Foster collaboration among health and environmental programs.

    In 2006, CDC transitioned from a piloting and planning phase to implementation. The network was envisioned as a web-based, secure, distributed network of standardized electronic health and environmental data. Sixteen states and New York City were funded in August 2006 to construct state-wide (city-wide) networks that will be components of the national network and to participate in a collaborative process to develop network standards development process. Additional funding from Congress allowed CDC to add 6 more states in 2009 and 1 in 2010.

    This document provides an updated summary of the NCDMs [nationally consistent data and measures] adopted by CDC as Tracking standards. Section One of this document includes tables that summarize the indicators and measures and identify the requirements of Tracking grantees for creating measures and providing data to CDC. These Tracking standards incorporate discussions among the CWG steering group as well as the recommendations of content teams concerning the use of existing national datasets, where relevant.

    Section Two includes the indicator templates originally developed by the teams and updated by CDC. An indicator template describes the indicator’s measures and their deviations, uses, and limitations. Although teams generally adhered to the template there was some minor variation in the submitted documents. In creating this document original recommendations were modified to ensure compatibility with the National Network and consistency across NCDMs.

    Details regarding the data needed to generate the measures are provided in the how-to-guides, data dictionaries, and schemas available from the CDC Tracking Program. Each set of documentation represents a data feed needed to generate one or more measures.

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