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I recently wrote about the new National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network launched by the Centers for Disease Control. A fascinating resource for reporters, but molasses-slow at its debut.

I'm happy to report that after playing with the network again, the online database has recovered from its torpor, which might be explained by an estimated 10,000 hits upon its launch.

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The CDC today launched a Web-based environmental public health tracking network that could be a fantastic resource for journalists looking for stories in their state or county.

I say "could be" because right now, the system is frustratingly slow to use, even with a decent Internet connection.

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FoodLink for Tulare County addresses food insecurity and related health issues, including obesity and diabetes, in Tulare County. FoodLink for Tulare County is a nonprofit food bank providing food to needy individuals and families in Tulare County since 1978. The program distributes over 6 million pounds of food annually to a network of food pantries and other nonprofit organizations, which directly feed needy families in the surrounding area.

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Ruben Chavez is vice president of operations for the Family HealthCare Network, a community-based health care organization with 12 locations in Tulare County, nine of which are clinical sites. Previously, he was director of community relations. Family HealthCare Network's community relations division employs community services representatives who act as liaisons to ensure that the community's voices are heard. The culturally and linguistically sensitive representatives serve as referral resources for patients who have issues relating to shelter, food, clothing, and other basic human needs.

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Lindsay K. Mann is CEO of Kaweah Delta Health Care District, a group of health care centers in the San Joaquin Valley. Kaweah Delta Health Care District provides a full spectrum of health care services on four campuses, including the largest acute care hospital in Tulare County, Kaweah Delta Hospital. Kaweah Delta Health Care District also operates Cypress Rehabilitation Center, Cypress Mental Health Center, The Lifestyle Center, Community Health Center and San Juan Health Center. Finally, Kaweah Delta maintains partnerships with Cypress Surgery Center and Quail Park Retirement Village.

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Karen Cooper is executive director of Family Services of Tulare County, a private nonprofit human services agency serving children, adults, and families in Tulare County. The agency's primary service area is the prevention, intervention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse and neglect. The agency also provides therapeutic and educational services in support of individual emotional health and positive family functioning.

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Harry Foster is president and CEO of Family HealthCare Network, a network of nine health clinics serving Tulare County residents. Family HealthCare Network is a community-based organization providing basic medical, dental, behavioral health and complementary alternative medical services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. As the largest primary care provider in Tulare County, Family HealthCare Network counts about 20 percent of the county's total population as its patients.

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Ms. Anderson is a founding member of Synchrony and is a marriage and family therapist. She ran a parent peer-based program called De Padres A Padres that provides parenting education to primarily Latino parents in Tulare County. The program emphasizes nutrition and fitness education.



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