Health Tracking

Health Tracking Webinars

NEHA aims to improve the capacity of environmental health by giving them the most up to date data to make informed decisions. The NEHA EH Health Tracking Webinars page provides up-to-date information on health tracking and informatics. 

US EPA and NEHA EnviroAtlas Tool Informs Decisions, Research, and Education Webinar 

Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:00 - 2:00PM EDT

EnviroAtlas is a data-rich, web-based decision support tool that combines maps, analysis tools, downloadable data, and informational resources. It is used by states, tribes, communities, and individuals to help inform policy and planning decisions that impact the places where we live, learn, work and play. EnviroAtlas data are available for the entire U.S. via an online Interactive Map. There have been several significant updates to EnviroAtlas in the last couple of years and other exciting new functionality is coming soon. Some of these updates include the development of a floodplain map for the conterminous U.S., the creation of fine (one square meter) land cover data covering the places where about 65 million people live, the addition of EPA regulated facilities (e.g., Superfund sites, Brownfields, etc), and a new tool allowing users to compare their watershed or Census tract with their county or state. This webinar will give an overview of EnviroAtlas focusing on its recent updates and provide a short demo of the tool. The webinar will also include case study examples of how EnviroAtlas has been used by communities.

Speakers Include:

Anne Neale 

Leads the EnviroAtlas project in EPA's Office of Research and Development in Durham, NC. Anne has a background in landscape ecology and ecosystem services and has been with EPA since 1991.  One of her primary research interests has been examining relationships between spatial patterns of landscape characteristics and ecological resources, ecosystem services, and human health outcomes.  One of her goals with EnviroAtlas is to translate science into tools and data that can be readily understood and used by a broad audience.

Jessica Daniel 

An Environmental Protection Specialist in EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Durham, NC where she facilitates communication and outreach efforts for the EnviroAtlas project. She is invested in translating scientific information and utilizing web tools and technology to inform decision-making, research, and education.

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Environmental Public Health Tracking Program - Tracking Mentoring Fellowship

Environmental Public Health Tracking Program - Tracking Mentoring Fellowship Opportunity: Fellowship Application Is Closed

graphic of a hand taking a slice from a pie chart with text "tracking mentorship fellowship - call for applications." The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has closed the call for applications for the 2020 Environmental Public Health Tracking: Tracking Mentoring Fellowship Program. The fellowship will provide an opportunity to an unfunded local health department to:

  1. Participate in a one-on-one mentorship with a current Tracking Program grantee
  2. Devise and implement an environmental health project that uses tracking data to address an environmental health issue, under the guidance of the grantee tracking program
  3. Learn key data utilization techniques to identify and characterize health effects, exposures, and hazards
  4. Develop a programmatic understanding of the tracking techniques and IT infrastructure that can be modeled around the needs and challenges of the region

Fellowship Requirements

  • Implement an environmental health project based on the needs of the region that uses tracking data from the grantee tracking program with which the LHD was matched
  • Complete a written white paper or health impact assessment which uses tracking data and has an impact on the community’s health or policies which impact population health. This report will be due by July 31, 2020.

The health department that receives the fellowship will be awarded a stipend of $2500 for travel and supplies. The mentee is encouraged to visit the mentor’s health department to gain knowledge about the tracking program and develop the pilot the project implementation plan.

Eligibility:

This program is only open to local health agencies in the following states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. The mentee awarded the fellowship will work with their state's Tracking Program to execute the project. 

To be eligible for this fellowship, the applicant must be a public health or environmental health professional, epidemiologist, or other related program manager from a local public health agency (city, county, and tribal) that is NOT currently funded as part of CDC’s National Tracking Program. In addition, the applicant must -

• Demonstrate an inclination towards environmental epidemiology, tracking/monitoring, environmental public health tracking, or related activities

• Propose a small project that is reasonable in scope for the time period, complements current activities at the said local health department, and furthers the goals of the National Tracking Program

• Be willing to share resources and lessons learned with NEHA, CDC, and other public health agencies across the country through publication of the report, participating in webinars and other reasonable activities as determined

Fellows are supported through a NEHA cooperative agreement with CDC. Only one application will be accepted from each local public health agency. Project implementation is expected to begin in March 2020. If you have any questions about the 2020 Environmental Health Tracking: Tracking-Mentoring Program or the application process, please contact Madelyn Gustafson at mgustafson@neha.org

Deadline:

Proposal Due Date & Time:  Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:00 pm PST

Contact: 

Madelyn Gustafson, Project Coordinator, (303) 756- 9090, mgustafson@neha.org

 

Important links:

For more information on Tracking Program, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/

Find the closest Tracking Program to you - Click here!

 

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WEHA 2019 Educational Conference

Day 1 (Wednesday, October 16)- General Environmental Health Sessions: Carbon Monoxide poisoning reporting, Source of Lead Poisoning, Safe Spaces for Children, Addressing PFAS in Wisconsin, Drug and Meth Cleanup, Legal Issues with Human Health Hazards, Roundtable Sessions: opioid cleanup, radon in schools, flooding response, algal blooms

57th Annual Yankee Conference

The 57th Annual Yankee Conference on Environmental Health will be held from September 11-13, 2019 in Plymouth Massachusetts at Hotel 1620, Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth MA 0260.

The Conference is the annual conference of the NEHA New England Affiliates: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Northern New England (Maine New Hampshire, Vermont) and Rhode Island. The theme of this year's conference is “Hands on Environmental Health”. 

NAS Workshop on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is being called the new electricity—a technological invention that promises to transform our lives and the world. The resurgence of investment and enthusiasm for artificial intelligence, or the ability of machines to carry out “smart” tasks, is driven largely by advancements in the subfield of machine learning. Machine learning algorithms can analyze large volumes of complex data to find patterns and make predictions, often exceeding the accuracy and efficiency of people who are attempting the same task.

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