National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (US) – website launched by CDC – 7 July 2009

Posted on July 9, 2009. Filed under: Environmental Health | Tags: , |

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (US) – website launched by CDC – 7 July 2009

Press release
“CDC Launches New Environmental Public Health Tracking Network
Revolutionary Environmental Health Tracking Tool designed to help improve and protect our nation’s health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today the launch of the Web-based Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, a surveillance tool that scientists, health professionals, and – for the first time – members of the public can use to track environmental exposures and chronic health conditions.

“The ability to examine many data sets together for the first time has already resulted in faster responses to environmental health issues.  We believe the Tracking Network holds the potential to shed new light on some of our biggest environmental health questions,” said Howard Frumkin, M.D., M.P.H., DrPh., director,  of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

The web-based tool unites vital environmental information from across the country, including air and water pollutants  and  information for some chronic conditions, including asthma, cancer, childhood lead poisoning and heart disease into one resource.

While scientists know exposures such as air particle pollution and lead contribute to illnesses, many environmental and health connections remain unproven since detailed health and environmental data existed in separate silos until now.”  …continues on the website

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