The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) received three years of funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to design and implement demonstration projects linking existing public health and environmental databases.
The New Jersey Environmental Public Health Tracking (NJ EPHT) demonstration projects were, by design, highly collaborative intra- and inter-agency efforts. The key inter-agency partners were the NJDOH EPHT Program and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Important intra-agency partners within NJDOH were: Cancer Epidemiology Services (CES) and the New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR); the Child and Adolescent Health Program; and the Special Child Health Services (SCHS) Registry, also known as the New Jersey Birth Defects Registry.
The New Jersey EPHT demonstration projects:
- Established three inter-agency workgroups, a coordinating committee, and an external advisory group to guide New Jersey EPHT activities and facilitate communication and cooperation.
- Complemented NJDEP’s ongoing process of data integration and consolidation to make databases of environmental information more useful and accessible for health tracking efforts.
- Increased understanding of the challenges to be overcome as part of the implementation of an EPHT network in New Jersey and the nation.
The New Jersey EPHT Program completed the following demonstration projects:
Geographic Patterns of Cancer Incidence and Environmental Factors in New Jersey
Geographic Patterns of Childhood Blood Lead and Environmental Factors in New Jersey
Selected Birth Defects and Environmental Factors in New Jersey
In support of these projects, the NJDEP prepared a comprehensive summary report: Development and Evaluation of Environmental Exposure Metric Databases [pdf 1.86mb]
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