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Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT)

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network provides information from a nationwide network of integrated health and environmental data that drives actions to improve the health of communities. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO offers the local health department (LHD) perspective by providing strategies for strengthening collaboration and communication between state grantees and LHDs working to understand the links between key environmental health indicators (air quality, carbon monoxide, lead, water quality) and the development of disease.

Please click here to learn more about NACCHO's project and its accomplishments.

In the Spotlight

NACCHO is pleased to announce the release of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Toolkit. NACCHO's Toolkit is comprised of 

  • EPHT;
  • Case examples;
  • Guides;
  • Trainings;
  • Communication materials; and
  • Reports and papers 

related to building an Webinars infrastructure, communicating about EPHT is and its value, education and training materials, and using data from the National Tracking Network to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the linkages between environmental conditions and chronic disease.

Using the search tools magnifying glass, select the EPHT Toolkit from the Toolkits EPHT menu. Users can also search for tools using keywords, titles, description, etc.

Click here for a fact sheet on the toolkit and how to access it.

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Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and is estimated to cause thousands of deaths each year. It is a gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste. It can seep up from the ground and become trapped in buildings. Testing is the only way to know if radon levels are high in a home or office. A new feature article, "Protect Your Family from Radon," examines how a radon tracking program helped improve radon radon risk maps and directly impacted a family's health. Moreover, CDC's Tracking Branch is working with grantees and partners to build a standardized radon data set to implement nationwide surveillance of radon exposure risks.  More »

Archived Tracking Webinar Series
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NACCHO, the American Public Health Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials sponsored a three-part webinar series on the contributions of Environmental Public Health Tracking data to local and state public health programs.

  • Part I: Successfully Integrating Environmental Public Health Tracking and Environmental Health Assessments.
  • Part II: Incorporating Environmental Public Health Tracking into Health Impact Assessments
  • Part lll: How Environmental Public Health Tracking Assists in Providing Safe Community Water

Click on more to view the webinars.

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What's New on the Tracking Network

CDC's Tracking Network: New Features Demonstration

Check out the video to see how the new features on the Tracking Data Portal can make data searches more intuitive and engaging. Click here to view the video.

Environmental Public Health Tracking Training

The Tracking Network's new training webpage includes information on a variety of online training opportunities for different levels of education and experience. Click here for more information.

Mortality Benefits Estimates

Mortality benefit estimates associated with reducing PM2.5 are now available for coronary artery disease and deaths from all causes. This new tool can help identify areas where interventions to reduce air pollution could result in meaningful health improvements. Click here for more information.

30 Years of Weather Data

When you search climate change data, you will find over 30 years (1979 - 2011) of weather data on extreme heat days, events, and temperature distribution. The extreme heat days and events data allow you to look at temperature, heat index, and number of days to define extremely hot days and extreme heat events. Click here for more information.