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Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (EPHTP)

The Environmental Public Health Tracking Project (EPHTP) is part of the Environmental Epidemiology Program (EEP) within the Utah Department of Health (UDOH). The mission of the EPHTP is to develop a state-wide standards-based, web-enabled Tracking Network Information System (EPHTN-IS) in Utah to enable information and knowledge dissemination and improve public health in the realm of chronic diseases related to environmental factors. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Local Health Departments in Utah and other programs within the UDOH. The EPHTN-IS will be a secure warehouse comprised of four kinds of data. Those data are surveillance data about chronic diseases that are occurring in Utah, environmental monitoring data from the UDEQ, exposure data collected through biomonitoring and supporting data (such as population data and geographic reference data). The EPHTN-IS data warehouse links together health outcome and environmental hazards data to inform consumers, communities, public health practitioners, researchers, and policymakers on chronic diseases, related environmental hazards and population exposures. This will provide the UDOH and UDEQ with the capacity to better understand, respond to, and prevent chronic disease in Utah. Information generated by this program will enable the UDOH and UDEQ to identify populations at high risk in Utah, to examine health concerns at the local level, to recognize related environmental factors, and to establish and evaluate prevention strategies.