Description of BCEPHT projects and investigators (PDF) revised March 2006
We are multidisciplinary team of investigators with expertise in the fields of occupational and environmental medicine, toxicology, environmental epidemiology, exposure analysis, statistical and probabilistic modeling, risk assessment, environmental justice, and environmental policy. Our overall goal is to support increased capacity for environmental public health by developing methods and analyses that can contribute to better ability of both technical and non-technical audiences to understand relationships among environmental factors (hazards), exposures, and health outcomes and to act on this knowledge to protect health at the national, regional, and community levels.
Since the fall of 2002 we have worked closely with seven western states participating in the national initiative: California, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. We have collaborative relationships with other states and organizations as well.
We are working to advance a nationwide Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) network that provides and communicates information about relationships between environmental factors and health to all relevant audiences, including policy-makers and community stakeholders.
One focus of our academic center is to work toward drawing upon knowledge available from the research community in assessing options and making decisions Aboute of tracking resources. We see a need for a process for making such decisions that is transparent, recognizes other concerns that are also relevant, and includes information needed to address disparities in exposures and outcomes.
We support a sustainable network that has a governance structure that represents the necessary partnership among environmental and public health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.
Since its inception, the Berkeley Center for Environmental Public Health Tracking (BCEPHT) has worked with the CDC and states to achieve the national goals: 1) build a sustainable national EPHT network; 2) enhance EPHT workforce and infrastructure; 3) disseminate information to guide policy, practice, and other actions to improve the nation's health; 4) advance environmental public health science and research; and 5) foster collaboration among health and environmental programs.
In our successful application for renewed funding, we proposed to continue our work to support increased capacity for EPHT by developing methods and analyses that can contribute to better ability of both technical and non-technical audiences to understand relationships among environmental factors (hazards), exposures, and health outcomes and to act on this knowledge to protect health at the national, regional, and community levels.