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Environmental Health: Indicators
Environmental public health indicators are measures that provide information (quantitative data) regarding a population’s health status in respect to environmental factors.


CSTE was involved in the beginning stages of identifying and developing the first environmental public health indicators for CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. Since 2000, CDC’s Tracking Program has enhanced environmental health surveillance capacity both nationally and among state health departments by encouraging the linkage of environmental exposure data and public health monitoring data through standardized, systematic methods.

Members maintain CSTE’s environmental health indicators to support and supplement environmental public health surveillance and assessments occurring at the state, territorial, local, and tribal level. These indicators utilize relevant existing data sources to summarize the health effects of environmental exposures and are geared for universal applicability – each state should be able to replicate and produce these environmental public health indicators. Specifically, CSTE members have developed environmental health indicators related to:

For more information on the CSTE environmental public health indicators, please contact Alesha Thompson. Other environmental health activities can be viewed here.

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