CEHTP has five core program functions:
Data Compilation & Management
• Work with data stewards to gather and manage environmental and public health data
Data Access & Visualization
• Develop custom tools for mapping and visualization to make environmental and health data available and understandable on our public data portal and elsewhere
Health Research & Analysis
• Conduct analyses and research studies to characterize and investigate environmental and health issues of concern
• Develop and disseminate materials to communicate environmental and health data and information to a broad range of stakeholders
Education & Training
• Engage with stakeholders to increase environmental and health knowledge and capacities
We aim to provide data in the most usable formats to people who use health data in their work and in their lives. This means we have information on many health topics, focusing on environmental health. We display data and maps that help users understand the distribution and trends of environmental exposures and health outcomes in California.
We also have core program values that guide our work, as follows:
• Action—Data should be used to support efforts to improve public health
• Health Equity and Environmental Justice—All people should have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of health
• Access—Data on environment and public health should be accessible to all
• Collaboration—Public health activities should be conducted within a collaborative framework
• Scientific Integrity—Data and methods should be generated and communicated using high scientific standards
• Transparency—Transparency is fundamental to strong and equitable partnerships
We have a wide range of stakeholder who access the website to learn more about our work to inform their own work or their own lives. They include:
• General public –
o Want to know about environmental hazards or rates of health outcomes near where they live.
o Want to learn more about environmental hazards and health outcomes.
• Researchers and Students
o Want to see the publications and reports we published.
o Want to download data related to their areas of interest.
o Want data to better understand topics they are working on (to know if there are higher rates of an environmental hazard or a health outcome) that affect a population they are working with.
o Want to learn more about a given topics
o Want to cite information from program about data or results of a study for articles they write.
• Other governmental agencies
o Want to know about data available.
o Want to know about situation in areas (geographical and topical) where they work.