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5        <TITLE>EPHT Background and Acknowledgements</TITLE>
7        <CONTENT>
8                In 2000, the Pew Environmental Health Commission detailed an  "environmental health
9                gap," a lack of basic information needed to document  links between environmental
10                hazards and chronic disease. "When the Pew
11                Commission report came out,  everyone- the press, the public, Congress- couldn't
12                believe that a Tracking  Program didn't already exist," says Shelly Hearne, Founding
13                Executive Director  for <a href="">Trust for America's 
14                Health</a>. "While overt poisoning from  environmental toxins has long been
15                recognized, the environmental links to a  broad array of chronic diseases of uncertain
16                cause are unknown," concluded the  report. To close this gap, the Pew  report
17                called for integrating tracking systems for environmental hazards,  bodily exposures,
18                and diseases; linking data to allow swift analysis; and using  the results to prevent
19                disease and save lives."
20                <br/><br/>
22                The Pew report stimulated new  thinking and specific proposals to overcome
23                the split between environment and  health. In response, Congress provided
24                CDC with funds in 2002 to develop the National Environmental Public Health
25                Tracking Network. CDC in turn asked scientists, managers, and policy specialists
26                from two dozen state health and environmental departments, medical societies,
27                nongovernmental organizations, universities, and federal agencies to serve on
28                workgroups addressing Tracking issues. Four workgroups were created to address the following topics:            organization issues, information and technology tracking methods, tracking system needs assessment and how to                   provide tracking data to health agencies, elected officials, and the public.   
29                CDC then selected pilot programs
30                around the country to build tracking  capacity and demonstrate exactly what a tracking
31                network could do. The knowledge  gained would open new avenues of discovery, new
32                paths of prevention, and new  hope for long-term health for all Americans.
33                <br/><br/>
35                Currently, there are 25 state health departments and one city health department in the
36                National Tracking Network.
37                <br/>
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42                        "When the Pew Commission report came out,  everyone- the press, the public,
43                        Congress- couldn't believe that a Tracking  Program didn't already exist."
44                        <div style="text-align: right;">
45                                -<span Class="Bold">Shelly Hearne, Dr.P.H.</span> <br/>
46                                Founding Executive Director, Trust for America's Health
47                        </div>
48                </div>
49                <br/>
51                <h2>National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network</h2>
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53                In 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established
54                its <a href="">National
55                Environmental Public Health Tracking Network</a> (Tracking Network).
57                The CDC was awarded funding which they then funded twenty state and local
58                health departments and three schools of public health. 
60                Through these partnerships, (state, local and universities)
61                the CDC wanted to build environmental public health capacity,  increase
62                collaboration between environmental and health agencies, identify and
63                evaluate environmental and health data systems, build partnerships with
64                nongovernmental organizations and communities, and develop model systems
65                linking environmental and health data.
66                <br/><br/>
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71        </CONTENT>
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