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California Environmental Health Tracking Program

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Last Edited: 1/21/14


The California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) is a program within the California Department of Public Health and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. CEHTP is part of a larger initiative to establish Environmental Public Health Tracking systems at the national and state levels.  To learn more, scroll down or click on the links below.


  • Approximately 7 out of every 10 deaths in the United States are attributable to chronic diseases and the national cost of chronic diseases is over $325 billion. There is growing scientific evidence that environmental factors are strongly linked to many chronic diseases such as asthma, birth defects, and cancers.
  • There is a gap in critical knowledge in understanding the prevalence and incidence of chronic diseases and potentially associated environmental factors. Nationwide and statewide health tracking systems, which integrates data systems and collaborative programs and partnerships involving environmental and public health professionals and organizations, will help target resources more efficiently to those areas most in need.
  • Currently, California lacks critical knowledge about the possible links between environmental hazards (which are present in air, water, soil, dust, food, or other environmental media) and chronic diseases. Without information obtained by tracking health and links to environmental factors, California will continue to fight chronic disease with costly treatment, rather than cost-effective prevention. Statewide and community level incidence data on chronic diseases are needed to identify trends and patterns and improve disease prevention efforts.
  • No comprehensive systems exist at the state or national level to track many of the exposures and health effects that may be related to environmental hazards. Because current systems are inadequate and/or not linked together, and some hazards and chronic diseases are not tracked at all, it is difficult to study and monitor relationships among hazards, exposures, and health effects. The Pew Environmental Health Commission calls this lack of critical knowledge, "the environmental health gap."
  • Congress provided the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with funding to begin developing a nationwide environmental health tracking network and to develop environmental health tracking capacity within state and local health departments. To that end, CDC awarded California a three-year grant to support the planning of a Tracking system and a subsequent five-year grant to support the implementation of a Tracking system.  

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Program Goals

In August of 2006, CEHTP was awarded a five-year grant from the CDC to implement the statewide environmental public health Tracking system. Our vision is to establish a statewide network that will integrate environmental and health data to produce and make available information that will drive action to improve the health of communities.

To accomplish this, CEHTP has three core program goals:

  • Advancement of technology infrastructure
  • Improving the availability and utility of environmental public health data and information
  • Informing policies, practices, and other public health actions

Key components to our past success have been the CEHTP Planning Consortium, Pilot Project Advisory Groups, and needs assessment activities that have provided essential input toward CEHTP’s vision, direction, methodologies, analysis, communication and outreach activities. We have also established partnerships with essential stakeholders in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors.  The Tracking Implementation Advisory Group (TIAG) was formed to provide guidance for CEHTP during the implementation phase.

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Tracking Implementation Advisory Group

To ensure the successful implementation of a Tracking system in California, the Tracking Implementation Advisory Group (TIAG) was formed.  The members of the TIAG are representatives of various stakeholder entities. These include federal, state and local health and environmental agencies, environmental and environmental health organizations, data stewards, groups representing the interests of health effected individuals, community-based and environmental justice organizations, and other non-governmental organizations.  The TIAG is convened throughout the implementation phase to provide the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (CEHTP) with guidance, recommendations, and support for the development and implementation of a state Tracking system.  The current TIAG members are listed below. 



Paul Brown Health Sciences Research Institute, UC Merced
Nancy Buermeyer Breast Cancer Fund
Senior Policy Strategist
Scott Fujimoto
Health Information and Strategic Planning Division, California Department of Public Health
Public Health Medical Officer

Margaret Gordon

Alternate: Brian Beveridge, Co-Director

West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
Jacquelyn Hayes    Children’s Environmental Health Program and Environmental Justice Program, US EPA Region 9
Program Coordinator
Anne Katten
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
Project Director
Linda Kite
Healthy Homes Collaborative
Rick Kreutzer
Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, California Department of Public Health
Division Chief
Ariu Levi Alameda County Environmental Health Department
Terri Mack Health Information and Research Section, Center for Health Statistics and Informatics, CDPH
Section Chief
Jennifer Mann
University of California at Berkeley, Environmental Tracking Program
Environmental Epidemiologist
Helene Margolis
University of California at Davis Medical Center
Assistant Adjunct Professor
Paul Mills
UCSF Fresno
Rachel Morello-Frosh
University of California at Berkeley
Associate Professor
Jeremy Nelson
Vialta Group
Vice President, Planner
Luis Olmedo
Comité Cívico del Valle
Executive Director
Sharyle Patton
Commonweal Biomonitoring Research Center

Dean Peterson

San Mateo County Environmental Health Division
Julia Quint
Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health
Deanna Rossi
California Breathing, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, California Department of Public Health
Associate Director
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman
Natural Resources Defense Council
Robert Schlag
Center for Environmental Health, California Department of Public Health
Daniel Smith
Environmental Health Investigations Branch, California Department of Public Health
Jonathan Teague
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Stephen Van Den Eeden
Kaiser, Divison of Research
Senior Investigator
Marylou Verder-Carlos
Department of Pesticide Regulation, California Environmental Protection Agency
Assistant Director
Jed Waldman
Indoor Air Quality Branch, Environmental Health Laboratory, California Department of Public Health
Branch Chief


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Program Staff

Position Contact
Natalie Collins, MSW Health Educator (510) 620-3698,  e-mail
Paul English, PhD, MPH Principal Investigator (510) 620-3684,  e-mail
Liang Guo, MS Geospatial Applications Developer (510) 620-3664,  e-mail
Galatea King, MPH Health Surveillance Director (510) 620-3691,  e-mail
Susan Paulukonis, MA, MPH ALS Project, Program Manager (510) 620-3667, e-mail
Max Richardson, MPH, MCP Surveillance and Policy Analyst (510) 231-1753,  e-mail
Eric Roberts, MD, PhD Co-Principal Investigator (510) 620-3699,  e-mail
Jhaqueline Valle Palominos, MPH Research Associate (510) 620-2987, e-mail
Alexa Wilkie, MHS, MS Program Manager (510) 620-3038,  e-mail
Michelle Wong, MPH Health Communications Director (510) 620-3661,  e-mail

View page in memory of Craig Wolff, CEHTP Geospatial Sciences Director.

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