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Tracking Environmental Health Data for Public Health Decision Making

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1 pm ET

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Though it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when discussing our well-being, the environment plays an important role in our health and development. Research has shown that exposure to certain environmental hazards can lead to chronic disease, but for many years, we lacked the ability to reliably track the health effects of environmental factors. Even when data was available, most tracking systems were not linked, making it difficult to study and monitor these health effects.

In 2002, CDC established the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, and began to develop a nationwide environmental public health tracking network. This network allows federal, state, and local partners to access integrated data, helping to fill a critical information gap and to inform the public and public health action.

This session of Public Health Grand Rounds will discuss how CDC’s Tracking Program has made strides in addressing the lack of environmental health data, and how the program has informed public health decision making and action at the state and local levels.


In this session of Beyond the Data, Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and CDC’s Heather Strosnider discuss how environmental hazards impact our health. Tune in to hear how CDC and its national, state, and local partners are using environmental health data to inform decisions and improve public health.

Presented By:

Heather Strosnider, MPH
Epidemiologist, Environmental Health Tracking Branch
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects
National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
“Creating a Network for Action: CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program”

Wendy McKelvey, PhD, MS
Director, Environmental Health Surveillance
Bureau of Environmental Surveillance & Policy
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
“Using Data to Drive Public Health Action in New York City: A Local Health Department Perspective”
Jan Sullivan, MS
Acting Director, Bureau of Environmental Health
Director, Community Assessment Program
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Environmental Public Health Tracking: A Tool for Public Health Decision Making in Massachusetts

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education. Click Tracking Environmental Health Data for Public Health Decision Making for more information.

  • Page last reviewed: June 2, 2016
  • Page last updated: June 16, 2016
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