Program Overviews

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National Asthma Control Program
The National Asthma Control Program works with state health departments and NGOs to help people with asthma control their disease and live healthier, more productive lives.

Built Environment & Health Initiative
The Built Environment & Health Initiative (also known as the Healthy Community Design Initiative) helps states and communities integrate health considerations into transportation and community planning decisions in order to improve public health.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention program protects children from lead exposure.

Climate and Health Program
The Climate and Health program works to prevent and adapt to the health impacts of extreme weather and other climate related issues.

Environmental Health Laboratory
The Environmental Health Laboratory provides unique laboratory science that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases resulting from exposure to environmental chemicals and selected other diseases that require advanced laboratory measurement for accurate diagnosis.

Core Environmental Health Services
The Core Environmental Health Services program works with state, local, tribal, and territorial environmental health practitioners to ensure that our food, drinking water, and wastewater systems are safe.

Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
The Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is a dynamic Web-based tool that tracks and reports environmental hazards and the health problems that may be related to them.

CDC’s Radiation Studies Program and Environmental Health Laboratory protect the public’s health from exposures to radiation by identifying and studying harmful exposures, using unique laboratory science to measure exposures, and providing important health communication and education.

Safe Water Programs
CDC’s Safe Water Programs reduce waterborne exposures and diseases, with an emphasis on noninfectious contaminants.


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is a federal agency that engages at the community level to prevent and respond to environmental hazards. Its research scientists guide and advise government, industry, and community partners on saving lives and protecting the public’s health.


CDC/ATSDR Emergency Preparedness and Response
CDC/ATSDR maintains 24/7 readiness to prevent, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. CDC/ATSDR is the nation’s front line public health defense, with staff located at 10 regional offices across the country.

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Page last reviewed: April 1, 2013