Environmental Public Health Tracking
Environmental and public health tracking and informatics is an essential piece of local, state, tribal and federal agencies as it relates to the status of the public and environmental health in this country. Data is the holy grail of information for local health departments and federal agencies alike for determining what projects to take on next and how to better the community. Some would even suggest that data has been responsible for diverting illness and potentially saving lives. Well, environmental health does save lives, money and protect the future, right? So why wouldn't data?
NEHA and the CDC have partnered to help engage local health departments to start sharing data to better inform the community while contributing to a nation-wide network. Environmental Health tracking is about engagement and access and NEHA is constantly working with EH professionals to use data effectively, and share data efficiently.
Environmental and Public Health Informatics
The CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network and Program is one of the most visible ways informatics is being used in environmental health.
You can learn more about the importance of environmental and public health informatics and available resources:
Register for the 2017 Tracking Virtual Conference
NEHA co-sponsored the 2017 Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference on April 5-6, 2017. The virtual conference was focused on increasing awareness and knowledge about the environment’s role in chronic diseases. The conference is hosted annually by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD).
NEHA Tracking Resources
Tracking 101 – This NEHA e-Learning course gives an overview of the major components of Environmental Public Health Tracking. Topics include the National Tracking Network and Program, surveillance and epidemiology, types of tracking data, GIS policies and communication. The course counts as continuing education from NEHA and CDC.
Position Paper – In recognition of the importance of this program, a position paper on Environmental Public Health Tracking was submitted which was adopted by the NEHA Board during the 2007 Spring Board Meeting.
E-learning Opportunities – NEHA has two Tracking educational opportunities available online. These sessions also provide continuing education credit.
Journal of Environmental Health – The Journal of Environmental Health is published 10 times per year by the National Environmental Health Association and keeps readers up-to-date on current issues, new research, useful products and services, and employment opportunities. The CDC Tracking program contributes a bi-monthly column on Tracking Network and Program activities. We frequently cover issues of importance to environmental health professionals, and reprints are available through Content Editor.
Other Tracking Resources
Resources for Local Health Departments – Learn how your local health department can utilize the Tracking Network to address your community's health issues.
National Tracking Network Communication Tools – A one-stop source for communication materials and social media tools. You can use the materials and tools to learn about Tracking, inform others, and stay up-to-date with Tracking News.
Tracking in Action Videos – Short videos that take a look at how tracking programs across the country are making important, lasting contributions to the health of their communities.
Tracking Podcasts – Listen to Tracks, a podcast series focused on environmental public health tracking.