Using interactive mapping to track environmental hazards and health in the United States

Authors: Angela K Werner*, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Heather Strosnider, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fuyuen Yip, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Environment, Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: Environmental health, sub-county, surveillance, tracking
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Cleveland 1, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Lobby Level
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Purpose:
In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) to address the challenges in environmental health surveillance. The Tracking Program’s mission is to provide information from a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data that drives actions to improve the health of communities. Accomplishing this mission requires a range of expertise from environmental health scientists to programmers to geographers employing the best practices and latest technical advances of their disciplines.
Methods:
The Tracking Program identifies important environmental health topics with data challenges. For each topic, a key surveillance question is formulated, data are evaluated to determine if the data can answer the question, and standards are developed to ensure consistency and comparability. These measures are then publicly disseminated via national, state, and local web-based mapping portals, with finer resolution data being added to the portals to increase accessibility to local data.
Conclusions:
The scope of the Tracking Program’s mission and the volume of data within the network requires the program to merge traditional public health expertise and practices with current technical and scientific advances. Results are translated into measures of health burden for public dissemination via a dynamic web-based surveillance network and can be used to inform regulatory standards and public health interventions.

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