Tracking Environmental Health Hazards


ASTHO's Tracking Fellowship Program: About the Partnership

  • ASTHO, with support from the CDC Tracking Program, launched its Environmental Public Health Tracking: Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program in 2009 to provide support to states that are not currently funded as part of the National Tracking Network. This joint partnership has helped build capabilities for tracking in at least 23 non-funded sites, thus advancing the goal of expanding state and territorial capacity to contribute pertinent data to a nationwide tracking network as envisioned by the Pew Environmental Health Commission. CDC has also collaborated with ASTHO to offer many other opportunities, experiences, and resources that help further the pioneering efforts of non-funded states, tribes, territories, counties, and cities. These include the Phase II Capacity Building Grants Program, a first-of-its-kind which launched in 2012 to support the development of tracking demonstration projects, the three-part webinar series, “Building a Tracking Network”, and in-person networking sessions and webcasts designed to increase awareness of tracking and support the peer-to-peer exchange of best practices. Visit ASTHO’s Tracking Environmental Health Hazards webpage to learn more.

    In 2013, ASTHO welcomed the support of Esri for this project. Esri is a software company that specializes in geographic information systems (GIS) and other mapping and database tools. Esri provides an in-kind donation of GIS tools and hands-on data visualization training to ASTHO tracking fellows and alumni group members, many of whom may be using this technology for the first time. GIS is a key component of environmental public health systems because it provides the means to connect data geographically and integrate, analyze, and display the locational data in various ways. These new enhancements will (1) help states expand environmental public health tracking capacity; (2) train public health workers; and (3) improve the accessibility of information to those who need to develop actions that improve public health. This program will also help bolster ASTHO’s efforts to build state information technology capacity to identify and address environmental and public health concerns most relevant to their communities.

    View tracking resources from ASTHO, CDC, and Esri »