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Biomonitoring is the assessment of exposure to environmental chemicals or toxins through direct measurement of such substances or their metabolites in human specimens such as blood or urine. It is an essential component of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, which collects data on environmental hazards, human exposures to those hazards, and related health effects …more

Birth Defects

In early 1998, Congress passed the Birth Defects Prevention Act of 1998. This bill authorized CDC to (1) collect, analyze, and make available data on birth defects; (2) operate regional centers for applied epidemiologic research on the prevention of birth defects; and (3) inform and educate the public about the prevention of birth defects …more

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disabilities activities at CDC include 1) studying how common developmental disabilities are and who is more likely to have them, 2) finding the causes of developmental disabilities and the factors that increase the chance that a person will have one, 3) learning how people with developmental disabilities can improve the quality of their lives …more

CDC’s Public Health Information Network (PHIN)

Through defined data and vocabulary standards and strong collaborative relationships, the Public Health Information Network will enable consistent exchange of response, health, and disease tracking data between public health partners. Ensuring the security of this information is also critical as is the ability of the network to work reliably in times of national crisis …more

CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Program

The CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch was created, with primary responsibility to 1) develop programs and policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning, 2) educate the public and health-care providers about childhood lead poisoning, 3) provide funding to state and local health departments to determine the extent of childhood lead poisoning by screening children for elevated blood lead levels, helping to ensure that lead-poisoned infants and children receive medical and environmental follow-up, and developing neighborhood-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning, 4) support research to determine the effectiveness of prevention efforts at federal, state, and local levels …more

Emergency and Environmental Health Services

The objective of Environmental Health Services (EHS) is to strengthen the role of state, local, and national environmental health programs and professionals to better anticipate, identify, and respond to adverse environmental exposures and the consequences of these exposures to human health …more

National Asthma Control Program

CDC created its National Asthma Control Program in 1999 to help reduce the burden of asthma through effective control of the disease. The goals of the program are to reduce the number of deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits, school or work days missed, and limitations on activity due to asthma …more

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Surveillance

Tracking occupational injuries, illnesses, hazards and exposures has been an integral part of NIOSH since its creation by the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970. NIOSH complements important statistical or surveillance activities carried out by other Federal agencies (including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the National Center for Health Statistics), state governments, and private sector groups such as employers …more

National Program of Cancer Registries

CDC has administered the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) since 1994. Before NPCR was established, ten states had no registry and most states with registries lacked the resources and legislative support needed to gather complete data. CDC’s goal is for all states to maintain registries that provide high-quality data on cancer and cancer care. Data collected by state cancer registries enable public health professionals to better understand and address the cancer burden …more

Page last reviewed: January 3, 2014