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Environmental Public Health Tracking Program


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 development and implementation of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network. The EPHT Program, facilitated by CDC, is building a national public and environmental health information system that supports national efforts to exchange electronic information. The health tracking network aims to better protect communities from adverse health effects through collection, analysis, integration, and interpretation of data about environmental hazards, exposure to environmental hazards, and human health effects potentially related to exposures. 

In recognition of the importance of this program, a position paper on Environmental Public Health Tracking was submitted which was recently adopted by the NEHA Board during the Spring Board Meeting. 

NEHA’s current EPHT project objectives include:

  • Assessing environmental health professionals' current level of knowledge and understanding of EPHT.

  • Increasing knowledge of the nationwide health tracking initiative by disseminating relevant information.

If you are interested in participating is this program or would like more information, please contact Christl Tate, Program Coordinator at ctate@neha.org. To find out more about the creation of the EPHT, and earn continuing education credits, visit NEHA’s e-Learning site and watch the free informative video: Tracking 101.


Continuing Education

NEW Training!  Tracking in Action: Workforce Implementation

NEHA and CDC are offering this no-cost opportunity to learn how Environmental Public Health Tracking programs work with local health departments and community based organizations.  Free CEU credits are available from NEHA upon completion of this course. Visit www.nehacert.org to register and take the course. For more information, contact Christl Tate at ctate@neha.org or (303) 756-9090 x305.

Tracking in Action provides real-life examples of grantee Tracking Programs and Networks and how they have partnered with local programs and organizations to identify and combat environmental health concerns. This course contains information from the California, Florida and New Mexico Tracking Program & Networks as well as the CDC National Tracking Program & Network.


Tracking 101 – CDC Sponsored Course

New & Improved! In conjunction with CDC, NEHA is offering this no-cost opportunity to learn about Environmental Public Health Tracking and earn free CEU, CNE, and CHEC. Visit www.nehacert.org to register and take the course. For more information, contact Christl Tate at ctate@neha.org or (303) 756-9090 x305.

We're all pleased to provide a free course entitled, Tracking 101 as an introduction and overview of the major components involved in Environmental Public Health Tracking in 12 interactive modules. The course is available online on an ongoing basis and may be taken in all or in part at any time by anyone within the public health field, or by whomever is personally interested in this topic.

The goal of Tracking is to provide information that can be used to plan, apply, and evaluate actions to prevent and control environmentally related diseases. CDC is currently leading the initiative to build a National Environmental Public Health Network (EPHT), to integrate these three types of data into a standardized electronic network.

For free access to this CDC sponsored course, including free CE credits, visit NEHA e-Learning and click on the CDC Sponsored Workshops link. 

Click here for more information on how to access the free Tracking 101 course.



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NEW Communication Resources for the Tracking Network

CDC has developed some materials to assist with disseminating information regarding the tracking program:

  • Press Release announcing launch of National Portal

  • Fact Sheet: two-page summary of the EPHTN including its purpose, key features, how data can be used, and examples of grantee tracking activities.

  • EPHTN Data Sources: two-page, graphic depiction of the data supplied to the National Network by each grantee and national sources. A good companion piece to the fact sheet. 

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EPHT Program Resources

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