Environmental Public Health Tracking
The NH Environmental Public Health Tracking Program brings together environmental and public health data in one place to inform public health action.
New Hampshire has a lot of nature to enjoy. There is a sea coast to swim and surf. There are mountains, lakes, and forests to explore. However, environmental threats like radon, ultraviolet radiation, and climate change threaten the enjoyment of these natural resources. The New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program is keeping track of these and other emerging environmental health threats in order to keep residents informed and protected.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NH Tracking Program helps policymakers, health professionals, scientists, researchers and others to:
- Advance research on possible linkages between environmental exposures and health outcomes;
- Monitor trends in environmental health; and
- Use data to develop, implement, and evaluate public health actions to reduce exposure and improve public health.
Tracking Program Drives Public Health Action
The NH Tracking Program’s commitment to data-driven public health action can assist programs, researchers and health officials with critical decisions about where to target public health resources and interventions through:
- Data Analysis: Data analysis at the census tract, town, county and state level.
- Standardized Methodology: Ensure accuracy, reproducibility and adoption of best practices.
- Data Products: Development of new data products to increase awareness and inform decisions.
- Data Collaboration: Collaborate with internal and external partners to utilize data to drive public health action and polices. Working together we can drive public health action, inform program decisions and improve policy.
Explore Data on Environment and Health
Environmental surveillance data is accessible through the NH Department of Health and Human Services data portal. The data portal showcases health outcome data that are related to environmental health, hazard data that tell us about pollutants that may be found in the environment, and exposure data that tell us about contaminants found in people's bodies.
Nationally Consistent Data Measures
The building blocks of the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program are state and local health departments around the country that are funded to build local tracking data systems. These systems supply data to the National Tracking Network and address local environmental public health concerns in core areas:
- Air Quality
- Asthma and COPD
- Birth Outcomes
- Childhood Lead Poisoning
- Climate Change
- CO Poisoning
- Drinking Water Quality
- Heart Disease
- Life Expectancy
- Occupational Health
- Tickborne Illness