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California Environmental Health Tracking Program

850 Marina Bay Pkwy, P-3
Richmond, CA 94804

(510) 620-3038
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Last Edited: 4/21/2014

Program History

In 2001, California Legislation enacted Senate Bill 702, which recommended the establishment of a state-wide environmental health tracking program to address the gap in critical knowledge around possible links between environmental factors and chronic diseases.  In 2002, CEHTP was formed and received CDC funding to plan and implement a Tracking system, which has become a cornerstone of public health infrastructure for California. 

To date, over 50 state-wide programs routinely use CEHTP’s web-based services to visualize and link environmental hazard and health data across time and geography, and to explore possible associations between the environment and health outcomes.   CEHTP collaborates with diverse stakeholders including community organizations, local health departments, researchers, and journalists who utilize the CEHTP website as an essential tool for surveillance, research, program planning, and reporting. Additionally, CEHTP expertise has informed cutting-edge public health projects such as mapping community vulnerability to climate change, evaluating autism-pesticide associations, and conducting statewide mapping of breast cancer at the sub-county level.