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Delivering Public Health Relevant Air Quality Estimates to Improve Local Information for Public Health Tracking Programs (PHASE)

Project Leads and Affiliations:

Janet Burke and Fred Dimmick, EPA/Office of Research and Development
James Hemby, EPA/ Office of Air and Radiation

Key Collaborators:

David Holland, EPA/Office of Research and Development
Vickie Boothe and Patrick Wall, Center for Disease Control
Thomas Talbot, New York Department of Health

Project Abstract Written: October 2005

Project Timeframe: 2006 - 2008

Project Summary:

This project will provide data and information for the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network and for environmental and public health practitioners throughout the United States. CDC, EPA and three states successfully explored the development of air quality estimates and public health tracking data in the Public Health Air Surveillance Evaluation (PHASE) project. Building the PHASE toolkit is now possible and will provide readily available, air quality estimates to state/local public health and air quality agencies. The toolkit would ensure consistent, understood air quality data for use in CDC's EPHT program. In addition, the project would also deliver air quality estimates for use in EPA and academic health and exposure research. See http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/phase.htm for further background on the PHASE project and http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking for more information about the National EPHT Program, an existing memorandum of understanding (MOU) between EPA and CDC, and their ongoing collaboration.

This project will enable implementation of an air component within the EPHT program. The project will carry-out a task that states would otherwise need to do individually and at an extra cost. At every step, collaborators will be involved in the design, development and implementation of the toolkit. Collaboration will ensure the relevancy of the product from the PHASE toolkit. The project tasks would be managed by two leaders. The team leaders will provide technical leadership and contributions, direct contract support, connect in-kind contributions to the contract activities, and facilitate communications with the support of the facilitating PI. The team will use status/review/feedback meetings to ensure the tool fulfills the expected relevancy. The status reports will be provided quarterly to all collaborating agencies/offices management and to other interested parties.

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