The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is applying for cooperative
agreement funding to support the Colorado Environmental Public Health Tracking (Colorado
Tracking) program for the purposes of advancing Colorado’s environmental public health
surveillance activities, modernizing health and environmental data pipelines, and improving the
translation of data into public health actions that prevent or mitigate environmental hazards.
The Colorado Tracking program will organize its activities during the proposed budget period
around six broad project themes, including Environmental Public Health Surveillance,
Informatics Infrastructure & Capacity Building, Tracking Program Maintenance, Evaluation, &
Enhancement, Environmental Public Health Education & Outreach, Engaging & Planning
through Partnerships, and Strategic Planning. The proposed project activities are further outlined
in the project proposal and attached work plans. The proposed activities within each major
project will produce outcomes that build progressively toward implementing the overarching
CDC Logic Model strategies, including:
¿ Increased data monitoring of environmental health topics.
¿ Improved completeness, timeliness, & quality of environmental public health
¿ Increased surveillance of environmental health disparities.
¿ Improved capacity to quickly analyze, interpret, and act on data.
¿ Improved information technology tools & systems.
¿ Increased stakeholder inclusion in data sharing, communication, & response.
¿ Increased collaboration with stakeholders to reduce health disparities.
¿ Advance academic and private partnerships.
¿ Increased dissemination of environmental health information using communication best
practices to appropriate audiences.
¿ Improved translation of data into evidence-based recommendations.
¿ Increased knowledge and ability among EPHT workforce.
¿ Increased recipient capacity to provide technical assistance to advance environmental
public health interventions.
¿ Maintain a highly skilled workforce that applies state-of-the-art data skills and tools.
¿ Reduced data collection and reporting burden.
¿ Improved completeness, timeliness, and quality of evaluation data
Program evaluation for the six major projects will be conducted to document the impact of
proposed activities on achieving the above outcomes in a manner that is consistent with the CDC
Logic Model strategies, and details on data collected or generated in fulfillment of this
cooperative agreement will be formalized in Colorado’s Data Management Plan.
This cooperative agreement provides a mechanism for continued modernization of the Colorado
Tracking program, which meets national consistency standards, enhances environmental public
health workforce capacity, and builds a network for awareness and risk communication.
Colorado Tracking will continue to expand, implement, and evaluate its systems for
environmental public health surveillance, leverage data to identify high-risk and
disproportionately impacted populations, and create strategies for reducing exposure and
mitigating environmental health harm. Support from the National Tracking program will allow
Colorado Tracking to enhance data utility and further a cultural shift toward consideration of
environmental health more broadly in the public health and environmental sectors.