Tulane CAEPH is one of four Academic Partners for Excellence (APEX) in Environmental Public Health Tracking funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a nationwide environmental public health tracking network to further the understanding of the relationship between health and the environment. The role of the Academic Partners is to provide expertise and support in the development of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN).
- Evaluate, develop, validate and apply methods to collect, integrate, analyze and interpret data that will support state and local EPHTN programs
- Investigate potential links between environmental hazards, exposures and health effects through epidemiological studies
- Disseminate findings to public health practitioners, policy makers, academics and the general public to inform and advance scientific knowledge about health and the environment
The mission of environmental public health tracking is to improve the health of communities. Using information from an environmental public health 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 can be linked to hazards in the environment. Healthcare providers can provide better care and targeted preventive services. In addition, the public will have a better understanding of what is occurring in their communities and what actions they may take to protect or improve their health.