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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2010

DHEC selected for CDC program

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has been selected by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to participate in the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network.

“The primary purpose of South Carolina’s participation in the National EPHT Network is to provide a systematic, ongoing and sustainable approach for tracking environmental hazards and exposures to identify opportunities for public health intervention in our state.” DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter said. “This program will provide access to both environmental and health related data that can be utilized by public health practitioners, researchers, legislators, regulators, industry and the public.

“Protecting the environment and public health are top priorities for DHEC,” Hunter said. “Having the S.C. Environmental Public Health Tracking Network available will result in an increased level of awareness that ultimately improves the health of both individuals and the public. We’ll be able to make important health and environmental messages more accessible to our communities.”

In addition to South Carolina, CDC funds 21 states and one city to develop local tracking networks that contribute to the National EPHT Network. CDC hopes to expand the network across all 50 states, and track additional environmental hazards, human exposures and potentially related health conditions.

For more information about South Carolina’s EPHT Network, see DHEC’s Web site at:
http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/epht/.

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For more information:
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
E-mail - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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