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Health and Environment Linked for Information Exchange in Atlanta (HELIX-Atlanta): A Pilot Tracking SystemObjectives. To provide an overview of four environmental public health surveillance projects developed by CDC and its partners for the Health and Environment Linked for Information Exchange, Atlanta (HELIX-Atlanta) and to illustrate common issues and challenges encountered in developing an environmental public health tracking system. Methods. HELIX-Atlanta, initiated in October 2003 to develop data linkage and analysis methods that can be used by the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network), conducted four projects. We highlight the projects' work, assess attainment of the HELIX-Atlanta goals and discuss three surveillance attributes. Results. Among the major challenges was the complexity of analytic issues which required multidiscipline teams with technical expertise. This expertise and the data resided across multiple organizations. Conclusions:Establishing formal procedures for sharing data, defining data analysis standards and automating analyses, and committing staff with appropriate expertise is needed to support wide implementation of environmental public health tracking.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Rickman, Doug (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Shire, J.
Qualters, J.
Mitchell, K.
Pollard, S.
Rao, R.
Kajumba, N.
Quattrochi, D.
Estes, M., Jr.
Meyer, P.
Crosson, W.
Limaye, A.
Al-Hamdan, M.
Khan, M.
Bayakly, R.
Staley, F.
Hallisey, E.
Young, J.
Ward, K.
Tolbert, P.
Tolsma, D.
Sinclair, A.
Strickland, M.
Adeniyi, K.
Rainisch, G.
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.