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National Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Tracking Network, including background, available data, and the future of the program...view [PDF 858 KB]

Data Sources Fact Sheet

State health departments and other federal agencies provide data to the National Tracking Network. Learn more about these data sources...view [PDF 346 KB]

Matte Release

If you wonder how environmental contaminants in your community affect your health, you can now find information online by using the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tracking Network is a dynamic Web site that, for the first time, provides health and environmental data in one easy to find location...view [PDF 149 KB]

Map of Grantees and Funded Partners

Map showing our funded states, cities, and academic partners of excellence. View

Keeping Track, Promoting Health

In 2000, the Pew Environmental Health Commission detailed an "environmental health gap," a lack of basic information needed to document links between environmental hazards and chronic disease. The most common environmental health hazards are air and water pollution; asthma, cancer, and lead poisoning are the most frequent adverse health effects that concern Americans.view [PDF 477 KB]


Technical Documents


Tracking Grantee Portal Standards and Recommendations [PDF 156 Kb]

Identifying best practices and establishing guidelines is essential to maintaining a strong and well organized multiple-partner network. As the Tracking Network grows to include new partners, these practices and guidelines will provide a valuable tool for new partners. This document contains details that supplement requirements stated in CDC- RFA-EH06-601 (RFA), National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program – Network Implementation.

Guide to Building an Environmental Public Health Tracking Network [PDF 3.11 Mb]

The Tracking Program "How to Guide" provides the materials, tools, methods, recommendations, and products needed to develop and to put in place local or state environmental public health tracking programs...view [PDF 3.11 MB]

Technical Network Implementation Plan [PDF - 1.17 MB]

The Technical Network Implementation Plan (TNIP) is the road map used by technical and scientific staff in the Tracking Program to guide the development of the Tracking Network. The TNIP is a living document and will be updated periodically as experience is gained and as the components of the Network are refined and implemented. ...more[PDF 1.3 Mb]

Timeline: Technical Network Implementation Plan [PDF - 1.2 MB]

This timeline outlines the major activities and milestones in the Technical Network Implementation Plan (TNIP). The timeline is a living document and will be updated periodically as experience is gained and as the components of the Network are refined and implemented

View [PDF 1.2 Mb] the Timeline: Technical Network Implementation Plan

Tracking National Network Implementation Plan [PDF 1.3 Mb]

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. 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.

View [PDF 1.3 Mb] the EPHT National Network Implementation Plan.

A GeoPrimer: Environmental Public Health Tracking (Version 1.0)

A resource for Tracking managers and a tool for their technical staff prepared by the Geography and Locational Referencing Subgroup of the Standards and Network Development Workgroup of the National Tracking Program, CDC (March 2005). view

Communication Standards and Recommendations 2012[PDF 284 kb]

This document provides guidance to Tracking Grantees for developing, implementing, and evaluating communication and training activities. Included in this document are the communication- and training-specific passages excerpted directly from the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Recommendations, templates, and a list of resources for successfully addressing these standards also are included.. ...more[PDF 284 kb]



Scientific Reports/ Articles


National Environmental Public Health Tracking Branch Publications

List of publications from the Environmental Health Tracking Branch View [PDF 54 KB]

Grantee and Partner Publications

List of publications from Tracking grantees and partners View [PDF 151 KB]

Tracking Issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

With the launch of the Environmental Health Tracking Network approaching, many are taking notice of the impact this surveillance resource will have on public health. In fact, the November-December 2008 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) is devoted entirely to environmental public health tracking. The guest editor for the issue is Alex E. Charleston, MPH, a public health analyst in NCEH's Environmental Health Tracking Branch.

JPHMP is a peer-reviewed journal that provides its readers with information for the design and implementation of public health programs. Articles in the current issue of JPHMP were written by Tracking staff and grantees. The issue includes an editorial by Michael A. McGeehin, Director of NCEH's Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. Other articles in this issue are about the nuts and bolts of implementing the national and state tracking networks, results of tracking projects, and how to build partnerships for tracking. JPHMP is available online at www.jphmp.com. Click here for a link to the current issue (http://journals.lww.com/jphmp/pages/currenttoc.aspx)

Nationally Consistent Data and Measures

Recommendations for nationally consistent indicators, methods, and measures to be utilized by the Tracking Network.View [PDF 908 KB]

Environmental Public Health Tracking of Air Pollution Effects

A report to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the HEI/CDC/EPA Workshop on Methodologies for Environmental Public Health Tracking of Air Pollution Effects. View [PDF 7.28 MB]

Summary of Selected U.S. Geological Survey Data on Domestic Well Water Quality

Summary of Selected U.S. Geological Survey Data on Domestic Well Water Quality for the Centers for Disease Control's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. View [PDF 5.16 MB]


Historical Documents


HELIX-Atlanta

HELIX (Health and Environment Linked for Information Exchange) is an effort being lead by CDC to demonstrate the process for developing a local environmental public health tracking surveillance network that integrates information systems related to non-infectious health effects and environmental data ...more[PDF 385 KB]

Environmental Public Health Tracking and Biomonitoring

Biomonitoring is an essential component of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Tracking must include data on environmental hazards, human exposure, and health effects. The most health-relevant method of determining human exposure to environmental hazards is biomonitoring. Laboratory personnel bring new ideas and concepts to the Tracking Network ...View[PDF 154 KB]

Linking: Hazards, Exposures, and Health Effects

Information about linking biomonitoring and environmental public health tracking with particular focus on hazards, exposures, and health effects ...more[PDF 1.2 MB]

New York State Data Exchange Pilot Project

As part of the CDC EPHT Program, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) was funded to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to develop and carry out a plan to design, develop, test, and implement a Data Exchange System based on the CDC Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHINMS) and the USEPA National Environmental Information Exchange Network (NEIEN) ...more

PHASE

PHASE (Public Health Air Surveillance Evaluation) is a collaboration among EPA, CDC and state partners to link air quality data to health data and environmental data ...more

Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Vision (2004)

This document provides a vision for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. The document is designed to: 1) describe, at a conceptual level, the function and purpose of the Tracking Network, 2) provide a profile of the stakeholders and users of the Network, and 3) outline the major features of the Tracking Network. View[PDF 213 KB]

At-A-Glance

Information about CDC's yearly goals, program development, funding allocations, related projects and future directions. Available in html and PDF formats.

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