The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) is proud to apply for funding to support the Connecticut Environmental Public Health Tracking (CT EPHT) Network. The CT DPH has been funded since 2006 to implement and sustain the CT EPHT Network. Over the past several years, CT EPHT Network efforts have been focused on the technical implementation of the CT EPHT Portal and publication of the nationally consistent data and measures. Under this cooperative agreement, the CT EPHT Program’s goals are as follows: (1) to progress to a sustainable CT EPHT Network that meets or exceeds the National Tracking Network functions and specifications and provides the citizens of Connecticut a one-stop shop for health and environment-related data and information; (2) develop and implement innovative and effective marketing and outreach campaigns; and (3) increase the available data on the CT EPHT Portals. The CT EPHT Network currently has several staff funded under the EPHT grant. Ms. Margaret Harvey will be the Principal Investigator and responsible for grant management and data collection coordination. Mr. Tom Bavone is the lead developer and is responsible for portal development (secure and public) and assists with data and information technology support. Ms. Patricia Przysiecki is responsible for partner development, data analysis, and legislative issues. Ms. Vanessa St. Clair will be in-kind on the grant and is responsible for partner development and outreach/marketing activities. All CT EPHT Network staff participates in one or more of the various national EPHT workgroups. Continuation funding is critical to support these staff in CT EPHT Network efforts. CT EPHT Network staff has developed strong partnerships with CT DPH programs that are partners in the CT EPHT Network. In addition to being able to work together and share data, these relationships have grown to support resource sharing. CT EPHT Network staff has participated as key players with CT D
PH’s on-going informatics initiatives in implementing web-based surveillance systems based on standards that promote integration and interoperability. The CT EPHT Network Implementation Plan focused on this critical effort for Network development. By utilizing the entire infrastructure that has been implemented to support these CT DPH initiatives, the CT EPHT Network has been able to capitalize on these investments and focus efforts on the best CT EPHT functionality to meet CT EPHT Network and partner needs. With this funding, the CT EPHT Network, with support from its partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will continue to move forward with plans to enhance and further develop Network, available data, environmental health capacity, and marketing and outreach efforts to support environmental public health activities at the local, state, and national levels as the program addresses health equity across the state.