Environmental Health Tracking and Informatics

Sunday, June 6
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
1:00 – 2:30pm
Did Your Clients Click Today Using Your Hand Held Electronic Data Collection Devices? (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
As environmental health professionals prepare the next generation of specialists for tomorrow’s challenges, there is no getting away from the ongoing significant influx of electronic media. Session participants in this hands-on presentation will practice using hand held remote electronic data collection devices. These augment traditional modes of data collection by environmental specialists on university campuses, in schools, out in the community, the worksite or health care settings, and in other field practice venues. Application of this technology for the practitioner includes the anonymous or confidential collection of data from target individuals or groups with immediate data summarization and display of the information, either during routine environmental inspections or during on-site training sessions.
Adenike Bitto, MD, MPH, DrPH, CHES, FRSPH, Epidemiologist & Associate Professor of Health, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA

2:30 – 3:50pm
AIDS and Environmental Public Health Disparities Awareness (AEPHDA) Campaign

The Allen University AIDS and Environmental Public Health Disparities Awareness (AEPHDA) campaign will provide access to environmental health. Specifically, the environmental public health disparities will address the linkages between the physical and social environments and behaviors that may influence diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity utilizing an electronic format. This interactive session will enable attendees to access at least two databases related to environmental public health; show others how to use the National Library of Medicine data base in order to obtain environmental health and AIDS data; and address linkages that exist between environmental public health and disease.
May Samuel, PhD, ThD, DD, MPH, BS, CFSP, Director of Environmental Public Health and Technology, Allen University, Columbia, SC 

Monday, June 7
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
1:00 – 1:50pm and 3:00 – 4:50pm
Building a Social Media Strategy (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogs are being used by hundreds of millions of Internet users. No longer just a social means of communication, organizations are embracing social media as a tool for communication and business operations.  There is no magic bullet with social media.  Just like with any other Internet-based tools determining which is a right fit for your organization’s communication or business plans takes forethought and planning. In this interactive session, learn about the decisions you need to make in building a solid social strategy or to decide whether your organization is ready to engage in social media.
Steven Lipton, MEd, LEHP, CP-FS, MSJS, President, Biotest Division of Scientific Device Laboratory Inc., Des Plains, IL and NEHA Technical Section Chair of Food Safety and Protection
Donna Fenton, Chief Environmental Health Specialist, Kern County Environmental Health, Bakersfield, CA
Jill Cruickshank, Marketing and Communications Manager, National Environmental Health Association, Denver, CO
Mira Schainker, Environmental Public Health Policy Associate, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall
8:30 – 9:20am
Tracking Environmental Hazards, Exposures, and Related Health Outcomes in New Mexico

The New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (NMEPHTN) has been developed to better understand how the environment may affect people’s health to improve surveillance of related diseases and corresponding risks and to enable faster response to environmental public health issues and action to prevent disease. The NMEPHTN is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of sources. Since its launch, the system continues to add new datasets and new functionalities. Integration with the New Mexico Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS) has been initiated to utilize functionalities and capabilities of both systems. Come hear about the history of building the NMEPHTN, its current and future status and a demonstration of the Tracking Network.
Heidi Krapfl, MS, Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau Chief, New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, NM
Barbara Toth, PhD, DABT, Environmental Health Epidemiologist/NMEPHTN Coordinator, Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau, New Mexico Department of Health, Albuquerque, NM

9:30 – 10:20am
Pushing, Publishing, and Sharing EH Data Through the Web and Established Trading Partnerships
FedEx, UPS, Travelocity, eBay, Amazon, and every other major enterprise does it... They routinely exchange data with the public and other established trading partners. This presentation will showcase the best examples of public/private and public/public data exchanges and inspire you to do more with your data on the Web and within your own city, county, and state.
Darryl Booth, BS, MBA, Chief Technology Officer, Decade Software Company, LLC, Fresno, CA

10:30 – 11:20am
Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: What's New and What's Next

The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources. Since its launch last summer, many new datasets and features have been added. Come hear these updates and what's coming next for the Tracking Network. You will also see a demonstration of the Florida Tracking Network and hear about applications and uses of their state system.
Jennifer M. Moore, Health Communications Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Gregory Kearney, DrPH, MPH, RS, Senior Scientist, Environmental Health Tracking Branch, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

1:00 – 1:50pm
Improving Access to Environmental Health Information: the EPA/CDC/ATSDR Collaboration Community Web Portal

This session will showcase a collaborative Web portal that provides useful and user-friendly access to online environmental public health resources. At this session, attendees will investigate the value of collaborative Web sites; identify the benefits and challenges of collaborative efforts to provide access to environmental health information; and obtain tools that can be used to communicate environmental health information using the Internet.
Marianne Hartin, MLS, Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA
Wilma López, Health Communications Specialist/Web Manager, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA
Christian Scheel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Margaret Conomos, MPH, Health Statistician, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

2:00 – 2:50pm
Using a Web-Based Mapping Application to Issue Boil Water Orders in San Diego County -
Educational Session Sponsored by ESRI
Mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) provide spatial representation of data, which may be lacking or difficult to discern in tabular reports. GIS can help to simplify and improve the communication and decision-making process in environmental health by displaying meaningful maps and information. While a multitude of health-related data systems, resources, and inventories reside at all levels of government, this presentation will focus specifically on the use of GIS in a local environmental health department.  Specific examples will be presented on protecting public health during Boil Water Orders and other similar emergency events. 
Pam Gilb, Environmental Health Specialist/GIS Coordinator, San Diego Dept. of Environmental Health, San Diego CA

3:00 – 3:50pm
Improving Health through the Built Environment: Health Impact Assessment as a Tool

Health impact assessment is a fast growing field within the US and abroad. There initial presentation will be on a HIA recently completed of a housing redevelopment project in Denver. Discussion will be on the steps, data whether evidence based and from the community, the recommendations made and positive outcomes. The session will then open up for discussion about the pros and cons, challenges, and benefits from HIAs that can potentially improve decision making and policy.
Karen Roof, MS, Consultant, EnviroHealth Consulting, Vail, CO



"The NEHA AEC & Exhibition is the place to be for influencing the future of the environmental health industry, advancing yourself as an environmental health professional, recognizing excellence within the profession, and connecting with your colleagues. The conference serves to advance the science, the practice, and the practitioner of environmental health by providing education and motivation through knowledge sharing and networking."

National Environmental Health Association, 720 S Colorado Blvd., Suite 1000-N, Denver, CO 80246-1926
Phone:  303.756.9090, Fax:  303.691.9490


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