Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tracking Conference

Date: February 24, 2009 - February 26, 2009

The Fairmont
2401 M. Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting the 2009 National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference. The conference theme is TRACKS2009: The Future of Environmental Public Health.

This conference will serve as the platform for CDC to officially launch its National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (referred to as Tracking Network). This is a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data to be used to provide information in support of actions that improve the health of communities.

Since 2002, CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (referred to as Tracking Program) led the initiative to build the Tracking Network, drawing from a wide range of stakeholders with expertise from Federal, state, and local health and environmental agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and schools of public health.

The Tracking Program is a congressionally funded program. It funds 17 state and local health departments to establish tracking networks that feed into the national network. These state/local networks track national priorities, but also provide flexibility to address a health department's local environmental public health concerns.

The Tracking Program, with the Tracking Network as its cornerstone, is CDC's response to calls for better understanding of how the environment can affect people's health. Using information from the Tracking Network, Federal, state and local agencies will be better prepared to develop and evaluate effective public health actions to prevent or control chronic and acute diseases that may be linked to hazards in the environment.

Dr. Shelley Hearne, managing director, Pew Health & Human Services Policy program, will speak on Tuesday of the conference about historical perspectives on the development of environmental health tracking and how it is and should be evolving in the future.

  • Dr. Shelley A. Hearne -Managing Director, Health and Human Services Policy, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • Dr. Hearne will provide some historical perspectives on Tracking–
      • Some key questions that could be addressed include: How did the concept of environmental public health tracking come about? How did it get carried from concept to reality? What is the need for a Tracking Network, both in the past and within today's changing world?
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