Environmental Public Health Tracking: Success Stories from a Collaborative Surveillance System


Understanding how exposure to hazards in our environment (air, water, food and surroundings) affects our health is critical to understanding causes of many chronic and acute diseases and to planning and implementing appropriate response and prevention efforts. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the congressionally mandated National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) to facilitate the analysis and interpretation of both environmental and health outcome data through the building of a national tracking network which integrates data from environmental hazard monitoring, human exposure and health effects surveillance. This network of standardized electronic data provides valid scientific information on environmental exposures and adverse health conditions in a practical format to explore plausible spatial and temporal relations between these factors. The program funds and provides guidance to 24 state and local health departments to develop local tracking networks that feed data into the National Tracking Network, enabling enhanced public health actions.


The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program facilitates the linkage of environmental information to health outcomes through development of a national standards-based public health surveillance system that provides useful information to help improve where we live and work. The purpose of this summary is to report how state tracking programs have used their tracking networks to save lives and protect people from health threats.

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December, 2013

August 22, 2018

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