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EPHT Facilitated Discussions

As efforts are underway to establish the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCEH/CDC), seek to:

(1) Ensure inclusion of local public health perspectives;

(2) Enhance collaboration between state and local public health agencies, environmental agencies, and partner organizations in order to improve the efficacy of the EPHT program; and

(3) Ensure broad definition of environmental health, driven by community values, that can inform public policy.

As part of this work, these organizations have collaborated to sponsor several facilitated discussions. The main goals of these discussions are to open lines of communication among environmental health directors, identify needs and priorities for the EPHT program, and develop strategies on how state health agencies and local health departments can most effectively communicate and collaborate on EPHT projects. In addition to state and local environmental health officials, representatives from other departments and agencies also attend the discussions as EPHT encompasses many program areas.

Below you will find summaries from the discussions.