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Communication Material

National Fact Sheet [PDF - 262 B]

Learn more about the Tracking Network, including background, available data, and the future of the program.

Data Sources Fact Sheet

State health departments and other federal agencies provide data to the National Tracking Network. Learn more about these data sources.

Matte Release [PDF - 149 B]

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.

Map of Grantees and Funded Partners

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

Keeping Track, Promoting Health [PDF - 477 B]

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.

Technical Documents

Tracking Grantee Portal Standards and Recommendations [PDF - 87 B]

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 - 4 KB]

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.

Technical Network Implementation Plan [PDF - 2 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.

Timeline: Technical Network Implementation Plan [PDF - 1 KB]

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

The National Network Implementation Plan (NNIP) [PDF - 1 KB]  

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. 

A GeoPrimer: Environmental Public Health Tracking (Version 1.0) [PDF - 2 KB]

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).

Communication Standards and Recommendations 2012 [PDF - 285 B]

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.


Scientific Reports/ Articles

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Branch Publications [PDF - 54 B]

List of publications from the Environmental Health Tracking Branch 

Grantee and Partner Publications [PDF - 151 B]

List of publications from Tracking grantees and partners

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 Click here for a link to the current issue (

Nationally Consistent Data and Measures

Recommendations for nationally consistent indicators, methods, and measures to be utilized by the Tracking Network.

Environmental Public Health Tracking of Air Pollution Effects [PDF - 7 KB]

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. 

Summary of Selected U.S. Geological Survey Data on Domestic Well Water Quality [PDF - 5 KB]

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. 

Historical Documents

HELIX-Atlanta (2004) [PDF - 386 B]

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. 

Environmental Public Health Tracking and Biomonitoring [PDF - 155 B]

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.

Linking: Hazards, Exposures, and Health Effects [PDF - 1 KB]

Information about linking biomonitoring and environmental public health tracking with particular focus on hazards, exposures, and health effects


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.

Tracking Network Vision Document (2004) [PDF - 213 B]

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.



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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