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Document Introduction

This section provides an overview of the entire document. It includes the objectives, definitions, acronyms, abbreviations, and references of the Vision document. The document is based on work accomplished by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Health Tracking (EHT) Branch and the Standards/Network Development (SND) and Program Marketing workgroups.

This Vision document serves as the primary means of communication between stakeholders and project teams. It is intended for all project stakeholders, including general managers, funding authorities, and developers.

In the sections that follow, the terms Network and System will be used to denote a secure Internet-based information system that supports environmental public health tracking. The term Program will be used to denote the people, data, standards/vocabularies, policies, funding, research, methodology, education and training activities, environmental public health marketing, and technology that support the ability to conduct environmental public health tracking.


This Vision Document is designed to:

  • Describe, at a conceptual level, the vision and purpose of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network,
  • Identify potential users and stakeholders whose needs will be met by the EPHT Network; and
  • Outline major features of the EPHT Network.
Definitions, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

See the “Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: Technical Glossary” [1] for a definition of terms used in this document.

  1. Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Standards/Network Development Workgroup. Environmental public health tracking network: technical glossary. 1.0, TBD.
  2. Pew Environmental Health Commission, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. America’s environmental health gap: why the country needs a nationwide health tracking network. 2001.
  3. Thacker S, Stroup D, Parrish G, Anderson H. Surveillance in environmental public health: issues, systems, and sources. American journal of public health, May 1996; 86(5): 633-8.
  4. Hertz-Picciotto I. Comment: toward a coordinated system for the surveillance of environmental health hazards. American Journal of Public Health May 1996; 86(5):638-41
  5. Macdonald S, Pertowski C, Jackson R Environmental public health surveillance. Journal of public health management practice 1996; 2(4), 45-9.
  6. US Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy people 2010: Understanding and Improving Health, 2nd ed. Washington: US Department of Health and Human Services November 2000.


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