The Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, IN recently completed a septic system survey of homes to identify issues homeowners may be having with their systems. The information gained from the surveys, as well as septic repair permit data, soil geography, and well log information, were used to conduct analyses to determine the factors associated with septic failures and septic issues in Marion County. Using geographic information system (GIS) technology, areas of Marion County with high risk factors were identified to help drive future public health interventions such as
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is working with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health to provide capacity-building support to local health departments to utilize tracking data through the National Environmental Health Tracking Program. The primary task of the Tracking Program is to translate environmental and public health data into meaningful information that would be used to improve community health.
As health departments are advancing data systems to increase evidence-based practices, environmental health personnel might be lacking the tools and training needed to turn their data into actionable knowledge. This knowledge can produce influential stories that impact policy maker decisions surrounding resources, planning, and processes. Webinar attendees will gain insight into the options available to address these gaps.
Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from August 20-23, 2018 for the next Public Health Informatics Conference, "Connecting Systems and People to Improve Population Health."
Held biennally, the conference aims to provide a forum for new and seasoned public health, healthcare, and information technology professionals to exchange experiences, ideas, and strategies about public health informatics that are paramount to the advancement of public health practice and health equity.
This webinar at 2 pm Eastern will feature the stories of three Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in which data from the Environmental Public Health Tracking portals was used to inform the process. Additionally, speakers will discuss the HIA Tracking toolkit developed to enable environmental health practitioners to more fully use tracking data in their HIA work. Tune in to hear about the tracking toolkit and other resources that are available to support HIA work!
Integrating large quantities of data from multiple, disparate sources can create new opportunities to understand complex environmental health questions. However, combining new types and larger quantities of data to inform a specific decision presents many new challenges. For example, investigators must develop methods to reliably integrate data from designed experiments with data re-purposed from other uses, such as electronic health records, geo-spatial data sets, and crowd-based sources.
Save the date for the 2018 Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA) Annual Education Conference (AEC) happening June 27-29, 2018, at the Savannah DeSoto Hilton. GEHA looks forward to its members and guests coming to this popular location overlooking Madison Square in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.