EHT1201:†††††††† Using Environmental PH Tracking Data to Assess State Public Health Laws


Speaker:††††††††† Scott Hendrick, JD



In addition to tracking many of the exposures and health effects that may be related to environmental hazards, CDCís Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a tool that can be used by policymakers to assess the effectiveness of public health laws.† The tracking network provides standardized data that can be used to compare and contrast public health policy approaches from various jurisdictions.


With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Conference of State Legislatures has conducted research on select environmental public health laws in states participating in CDCí Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.† This research analyzed different state approaches to reducing environmental exposures and adverse health conditions and compared these approaches using health outcome data from the Tracking Network.


This session will provide an overview of select statesí environmental public laws targeting three health outcomes: asthma, childhood lead poisoning, and carbon monoxide poisoning.† Asthma prevention policies include surveillance, education and intervention programs.† State childhood lead poisoning prevention policies include different standards for lead in paint, dust, soil, water and consumer products, as well as surveillance and intervention programs.† While carbon monoxide detector requirements are the primary state strategy for preventing carbon monoxide poisonings, the scope of these laws vary by state.† For each of the three targeted health outcomes, different state policy approaches will be presented and analyzed using specific data on asthma hospitalization rates, elevated blood lead levels in children, and carbon monoxide poisoning hospitalizations.


This session will give attendees a better understanding of which state health policies correlate with positive health outcome data and which do not.†