Environmental Health Tracking
Environmental health tracking is the ongoing systematic collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data about environmental hazards, exposure to environmental hazards, and health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards.
An environmental health tracking network facilitates the following public health actions:
- Track environmental hazards to guide exposure prevention efforts;
- Track disease trends to understand if they are changing over time in residents statewide, in specific populations, or in certain geographic areas;
- Link environmental hazard information, exposure data, and disease reports to support environmental health research;
- Inform the development and evaluate the effectiveness of disease prevention and environmental protection programs and policies;
- Facilitate public access to information on environmental health issues.
The California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) of the Environmental Health Investigations Branch, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2002, is working to implement a state-of-the-art environmental health tracking network in California. The CEHTP web portal provides you the ability to query, visualize, and save environmental health information. The CEHTP also provides tools and services that allow users or other websites to interact with high resolution data in flexible and customizable ways.
California's New Environmental Health Tracking Programs
In the wake of 9/11, renewed resources and attention have been given to the nation's public health infrastructure, especially in the areas of surveillance of acute infectious illnesses and monitoring the...
Maternal Residence Near Agricultural Pesticide Applications and Autism Spectrum Disorders Among Children in the California Central Valley
Background: Ambient levels of pesticides ("pesticide drift") are detectable at residences near agricultural field sites....
The California Environmental Health Tracking Program: New Online GIS Tools for Investigating Diseases and the Environment
Diseases, such as asthma, are related to environmental risk factors, which have a large spatial component....
California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP)
-- California Environmental Health Tracking Program Improving Public Health With Better Information air quality asthma birth defects cancer carbon monoxide poisoning climate change drinking...
EPA Aging Initiative - indoor air quality evaluation in West Oakland
-- This is a pilot study of a pre-intervention/post-intervention indoor air quality assessment in 10-20 homes of senior citizens residing in a heavy-traffic impacted area of West Oakland, California....
Geographic Information System (GIS) for the Border Region
-- Initiated in 2007, the Border GIS project inventories various types of environmental data for the Border region and assesses Environmental Health Indicators....
Methods for Tracking Exposures to Contaminants in Drinking Water
-- As a one year supplementary project to the larger California Environmental Health Tracking project, we worked with several states (NM, NJ, WA, WI) that are facing similar, specific technical problems with...