Tracking Environmental Health Hazards

Upon completion of the fellowship program, ASTHO Tracking Fellows are required to submit a final written report on their lessons learned, accomplishments, results (or projected outcomes) of their proposed tracking projects, and future directions. Final reports are accessible below.

Fellowship Year 2020

Tracking the Gaps: Using Artificial Intelligence to Report and Visualize Drug Overdose Data in Mississippi
Sai Kurmana, MD, MPH, Epidemiology Section Chair

Fellowship Year 2019

Food Laboratory and Food Safety Surveillance in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Kesusa Marquez, National Food Analyst

Programming A Health Data Website For Tennessee
Kelly Squires, MPH, Epidemiologist

Using Food Safety Program Inspection Data Analysis To Impact Active Managerial Control Practices Within Retail Food Establishments
DeBrena D. Hilton, MPH, Food Protection Services Manager

Fellowship Year 2018

Building the Foundations for a Tracking Portal in Alabama
Tim Hatch, MPH, REHS, Deputy Director Center for Emergency Preparedness

CNMI Zika and Other Arboviral Disease Tracking and Surveillance
Aileen Benavente, Environmental Health & Vector Control Specialist, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Bureau of Environmental Health

Exploring Outdoor Air Quality and Asthma in North Carolina
Jessica Rinsky, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist

Sustaining Tracking Activities in Pennsylvania
Anil Nair, PhD, MPH, Director, Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology

Fellowship Year 2017

Asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and outdoor air quality in Arkansas
Quinyatta P. Mumford, MPH, CHES, Epidemiologist

Understanding the Zika virus in CNMI
Stanley T. Iakopo, Environmental Health Officer

Building a tracking network in Delaware
Tabatha Offutt-Powell, DrPH, MPH, State Epidemiologist and Section Chief

Developing an asthma surveillance program in North Carolina
Annie Hirsch, MPH, CPH (Former) Environmental Epidemiologist

Building a tracking network in Texas
Emily Hall, MPH, Epidemiologist

ArcGIS Mapping of Private Water Well Test Results in West Virginia
Erica Thomasson, PhD, MPH CDC Career Epidemiologist Field Officer

Fellowship Year 2016

Asthma and Potential Triggering Environmental Factors in the State of Alaska
Sandrine Deglin, PhD, Health Assessor and Health Educator

Indiana Lead Risks Maps
Magan Meade, MPA, MPH, Environmental Epidemiologist

Rhode Island Final Report
Barbara Morin, Principal Environmental Health Risk Assessment Toxicologist

Fellowship Years 2014, 2015: Nonfunded State Participation in the CDC Tracking Network

In the fellowship years 2014 and 2015, ASTHO’s tracking fellowships focused specifically on supporting the active participation of nonfunded states to acquire and submit hospitalization data for display on the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network). Participating states worked in two phases (Phases I and II) to acquire and submit hospital discharge and emergency department (ED) visits data to the Tracking Network related to the health outcomes: asthma, carbon monoxide poisoning, heart attacks, and heat stress illnesses.

The CDC Tracking Network has been using hospital discharge and ED data as a source to track health conditions. As of date, 25 states and NYC are funded by the CDC Tracking Program to feed data into the Tracking Network. Participation of additional states will provide the Tracking Network with essential and more comprehensive information to identify national trends in inpatient hospital visits and health effects with possible environmental etiology. The reports listed below summarize the work and successes of the nonfunded states supported through this initiative.

Note: Phase I refers to data acquisition and formatting. Phase II refers to data upload and submission.

Fellowship Year 2015 Reports

Fellowship Year 2014 Reports

Fellowship Year 2013

Mapping the Risk Factors of Infant Mortality in Montgomery County, Ohio
Dawn L. Ebron, MS, MPH, Epidemiologist, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

West Nile Virus (WNV) and Weather Related Tracking in Illinois: GIS Portal Development: Pilot Project and Supplemental Report
Dhitinut Ratnapradipa, PhD, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, bona fide agent to the Illinois Department of Public Health

Lead Poisoning and Social Vulnerability Index Data in Tennessee
Sutapa Mukhopadhyay, PhD, MS, Environmental Epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health

Development of Partnerships to Identify Environmental Health Indicators in Texas-Mexico Border States
Genny Carrillo Zuniga, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, bona fide agent to the TX Department of State Health Services

ArcGIS Mapping of Radon Test Results for 23 Wyoming Counties
Steven M. Melia, MSPH, Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Health

Fellowship Year 2012

Alabama Department of Public Health
John Guarisco, PhD, Environmental Toxicologist, Epidemiologist Division

Fairfax County Department of Health
Thomas Crow, MS, Director of Environmental Health

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Norka Paden, PhD, Toxicologist/Public Health Assessor, Bureau of Community and Environmental Health

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Mary Sue Semerena, MBA, Administratior, Environmental Health Unit

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Anne Pate, PhD, Epidemiologist, and Amber Sheikh, MPH, Data Manager, Oklahoma Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Fellowship Year 2011

Arizona Department of Health Services
Jennifer Botsford, Program Manager, Office of Environmental Health

Cincinnati Health Department
Denisha Garland, Public Health Educator

Indiana State Department of Health
Mike Mettler, REHS, Director, Environmental Public Health Division

Ohio Department of Health
Laurie Billing and Cynthia Weiss, Epidemiology Investigators 3, Bureau of Environmental Health

Virginia Department of Health
Rebecca LePrell, Division Director, Division of Environmental Epidemiology

Fellowship Year 2010

Below are abridged versions of the final reports submitted by ASTHO’s Tracking Fellows on their learning experience and pilot projects.

Delaware Division of Public Health
Jamie Mack, BS, Healthy Homes Initiative Program

Georgia Department of Community Health
Jane M. Perry, MPH, Chemical Hazardous Program

Kentucky Department for Public Health
Colleen Kaelin, MSPH, RS, Division of Public Health Protection and Safety

North Carolina Division of Public Health
Mina W. Shehee, PhD, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services (full report)
Donald Thimsen, MD, MPH, Office of Environmental Health Services

Fellowship Year 2009

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Shannon Soileau, MS, Office of Public Health, Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology

District of Columbia Department of Health
John Davies-Cole, PhD, MPH, Center for Policy, Planning & Epidemiology

Michigan Department of Community Health
Robert L. Wahl, DVM, MS, Division of Environmental Health