Environmental Public Health Tracking
NEHA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Environmental Health (CDC/NCEH), as one of numerous national partner organizations, on the ongoing development and implementation of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. The foundation of the Tracking Network was built on the idea that health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. And, that information and data to study environment and health issues should be easy to find and use together. The Tracking Program, facilitated by CDC, is building a national public and environmental health information system that supports national efforts to exchange electronic information.
The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is the best Internet resource connecting environmental and health information. This resource can give the National Environmental Health Association the power to help save lives and better protect the people we serve. Key principles behind the Tracking Network are:
- Open Data. The Tracking Network is unique because it brings together data that would usually be collected and kept by many separate agencies and then standardizes it. This process allows us to see how our health and the environment are related.
- Tools for Analysis. The Tracking Network also offers tools to help make sense of these data —such as maps that show where environmental and health problems are happening—and then makes that valuable information available to people who need it, from scientists to decision-makers.
- Guide Decision Makers. The Tracking Network is used by states, cities, universities, and professional organizations to help make critical decisions about where to target environmental public health resources that will protect people and save lives.
Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference
NEHA has partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (Tracking Branch) for a virtual conference focusing on increasing awareness and knowledge about the environment’s role in chronic diseases.
Conference content will focus on the environmental effects on chronic conditions such as asthma, cancer, respiratory disease, as well as other relevant topics such as physical activity environment in children, health impact assessments, utilizing the CHANGE Tool, utilizing the MAPPS Tool, creating partnerships between health and local planning agencies, health equity, health policy and others.
The 2016 EPHT Virtual Conference was held May 3-4. To find out more, click here.
NEHA Tracking Resources
Position Paper – In recognition of the importance of this program, a position paper on Environmental Public Health Tracking was submitted which was adopted by the NEHA Board during the 2007 Spring Board Meeting.
E-learning Opportunities – NEHA has two Tracking educational opportunities available online. These sessions also provide continuing education credit.
Journal of Environmental Health – The Journal of Environmental Health is published 10 times per year by the National Environmental Health Association and keeps readers up-to-date on current issues, new research, useful products and services, and employment opportunities. The CDC Tracking program contributes a bi-monthly column on Tracking Network and Program activities. We frequently cover issues of importance to environmental health professionals, and reprints are available through Content Editor.
Other Tracking Resources
Resources for Local Health Departments – Learn how your local health department can utilize the Tracking Network to address your community's health issues.
National Tracking Network Communication Tools – A one-stop source for communication materials and social media tools. You can use the materials and tools to learn about Tracking, inform others, and stay up-to-date with Tracking News.
Tracking in Action Videos – Short videos that take a look at how tracking programs across the country are making important, lasting contributions to the health of their communities.
Tracking Podcasts – Listen to Tracks, a podcast series focused on environmental public health tracking.