Symposium ISEE 2016

INPHET organized a meeting on the occasion of the 28th Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology  held in Rome, Italy on the 1-4th September 2016.

Environmental Public Health Tracking:
Experiences and Tools to Support Public Health Research and Decision-Making

Date: 31st August 2016. Start at 9:00 and end at 13:00

Place:  it was held at the Grand Hotel Ritz (Via Domenico Chelini, 41,Roma)

Meeting purpose: Reducing the burden of chronic diseases globally requires a better understanding of how these diseases are impacted by our environment and appropriate tools to measure the impact of preventive public health and environmental strategies, taking into account environmental and population change.  Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) is a unique resource that provides integrated health and environmental data and tools for researchers, public health practitioners, and policy makers to address this challenge. This workshop brought together the experiences of several countries to demonstrate how Environmental Public Health Tracking can be implemented and used to address scientific needs and the translation of science into action to better support public health decision-making.


  1. Learn about international efforts to implement EPHT
  2. Understand the basic principles of EPHT, technology requirements, and methodologies used to implement this type of surveillance
  3. Understand the types of data, information, and analytic tools available
  4. Identify opportunities for stakeholder involvement in development, enhancement, and evaluation of EPHT

Programme: The  topics included: Overview of EPHT at US-CDC, Overview of Chinese EPHT, EPHT case study of air pollution in Europe, Ethical aspects, Environmental health in industrially contaminated sites in Europe.


CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (F. Yip, H. Strosnider)
China National Environmental Health Tracking  (X. Shi)
EPHT in Europe: example of air pollution (S. Medina)
Environmental health ethics – Human biomonitoring in EU (L.E. Knudsen)
Linking Environment and Health Data. Experiences from the Netherlands (O. Breugelmans, B. Staatsen)
Environmental health in industrially contaminated sites in Europe (COST Action IS1408) (I.Iavarone)
Briefing on “International conference on carbon monoxide risk assessment and management”