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Environmental Public Health Tracking Program - History

Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology
Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
• History
Purpose
Pilot Projects

2000: The Pew Commission Report showed gaps in our ability to understand how the environment impacts our health.

2002: Congress provided the CDC with funds to establish the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (CDC Tracking).

2003: Louisiana Act 666 requires the state to develop an environmental health surveillance system to track physical, chemical, biological, and social factors that may play a role in the development of chronic diseases affecting the citizens of Louisiana. Act 666 TextGet Adobe Reader

2003-2006: DHH received approximately $1 million from the CDC to establish and to develop, the LA Environmental and Health Effects Tracking Program (LEHET) over a three year period.

2006: Congress provided the CDC with funds to develop the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHT).

2009: The CDC launched the National EPHT Network.

2009: DHH received funding from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to develop and evaluate a GIS-based surveillance system linking blood mercury and fish tissue mercury levels.

2009: DHH received approximately $3.4 million to develop the Louisiana Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (DHH Tracking Network) over a five year period.