The Nebraska Environmental Health Association is hosting the biennial NEHA Region IV Conference in Omaha, NE. We expect three to four tracks covering water, food, waste, vectors, air, and more. Look for request for presentations to go out soon.
In partnership with CDC’s NCEH, NEHA will be hosting the Communication in Environmental Health and Tracking (CHAT) Webinar Series. The first installment in the CHAT Webinar Series will explore communication tools and strategies for tracking programs to engage with local health departments and traditional partners. The webinar will feature Wisconsin Tracking Program and their use of mini-grant programs to further engagement with local health departments.
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Implementing a Software System in Northern Michigan
Location: Alpena, Michigan
Interviewee: Scott Smith, Environmental Health Director
Health Department: District Health Department Number 4
Published: August 2018
District Health Department Number 4 is a four-county jurisdiction in Michigan with offices in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency, and Presque Isle. The department serves a population of approximately 76,000 people over a geographic area of 2,600 square miles that is mostly rural. Scott Smith is the environmental health director of the department and has been in his role for over 25 years. About a year ago, Smith’s division implemented a software system to begin tracking permits, inspections, and employee time. Since then, they have been working to better understand their new software system and its potential uses.
A Data Analytics Journey at the Los Angeles County Department of Environmental Health
Location: Los Angeles, California
Interviewee: Stuart Rekart, Principal Information Systems Analyst
Health Department: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Published: August 2018
The Los Angeles (LA) County Department of Public Health serves over 10 million people and its Environmental Health Department employs around 800 people. LA County’s Department of Environmental Health receives a lot of public data requests and many of its data-related activities are driven by the public, as well as by media requests. The department has implemented an open data portal and is in the process of piloting data dashboards for the public. The goal is to operationalize data analytics to be a part of regular business operations and to develop the department’s “analytical maturity” as described in the SAS Analytics Maturity Model (Figure 1).
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CHAT Webinar Series - Communications in Environmental Health and Tracking
When: October - November 2018
In partnership with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, NEHA is pleased to announce the Communication in Environmental Health and Tracking (CHAT) Webinar Series. This four-part webinar series will explore different communication and outreach strategies to facilitate a tracking program's engagement with traditional and non-traditional partners, impact policy and work effectively across divisions.
The first installment in the CHAT Webinar Series explored communication tools and strategies for tracking programs to engage with local health departments and traditional partners. The webinar featured Wisconsin Tracking Program and their use of mini-grant programs to further engagement with local health departments. Jenni Camponeschi and Christy Vogt provided a step-by-step overview of their communication strategy and insight into how to build trust through transparent communication.
Communication Tools and Strategies for Tracking Programs to Engage with Local Health Departments – Wisconsin’s Use of Mini-Grant Program
October 23, 2018
Jennifer Camponeschi, Program Manager, Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Jenny Camponeschi has an MS degree in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has worked in public health for nearly 17 years. Jenny is currently the program manager for the Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and has been in this role for three years. Prior to this, Jenny was an epidemiologist with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for over 11 years.
Christy Vogt, Communications and Education Coordination, Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Christy Vogt is the Communications and Education Coordinator for the Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The Tracking Program is a resource for environmental public health data on Wisconsin communities. Christy’s past public health experiences include teaching community health courses, developing syndromic surveillance systems, and writing community health assessments. Christy is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a BS degree in Health Science from Truman State University and an MPH degree from UW-Madison.
Listed below are the application materials referenced in the webinar:
- WI Tracking - 2018-19 Request for Application (RfA) - Mini Grant Program
- Appendix D - Application Form
- Appendix F - Scoring Rubric
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Tuesday, July 9 – Friday, July 12
Pre-cons July 7 – 8
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Request for Proposal (RFP) Resources
Creating an environment for successful collection and use of data starts with usable and sustainable software.
RFPs provide a vehicle to communicate your project requirements to vendors who can provide solutions. If the information contained in the RFP doesn’t clearly convey to the vendor what is needed, the resulting product may not meet needs and be expensive to modify.
The resources provided below assist with understanding the language used in RFPs, how to prepare prior to putting together an RFP, and examples of RFPs created by environmental health programs.
EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: CompTox Chemistry Dashboard
August 22, 2018
3:00 to 4:00 PM ET
The International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) conference is the premier event dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of biosurveillance. Every year, the ISDS conference draws approximately 400 professionals from a broad range of disciplines to learn the latest achievements, analytic methods, best practices, conceptual frameworks, and technical innovations in the rapidly evolving field of disease surveillance.
Live webcast! July 25, 11am-12pm Eastern
CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is a powerful tool that helps users visualize health and environmental data to better understand, communicate and act on public health issues. Join this webinar to learn how Minnesota and Washington, two states with strong tracking programs, have effectively integrated biomonitoring data into the tracking portal. What are best ways to collect this data, work with the portal and visualize the results? And how did these states work with environmental health system partners to optimize this process?