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GEHA 2019 AEC

The Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA) invites anyone interested in environmental health to attend our 2019 Annual Education Conference (AEC) happening June 12-14, 2019, at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, located within Stone Mountain Park. GEHA looks forward to its members and guests coming to this popular location just outside the metro-Atlanta area for a great educational event and lots of networking, fun and fellowship!

CHAT Webinar Series - Webinar 1

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.

Informatics Case Studies

Case studies help develop real-world understanding of problems and solutions. NEHA appreciates its members and partners for sharing their stories. 

Case Studies:

Informatics Case StudyImplementing 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

Background:
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.

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Informatics Case Study

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

Background:
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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If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact programs@neha.org

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CHAT Webinar Series - Communication in Environmental Health and Tracking

CHAT Webinar Series logoCHAT Webinar Series - Communications in Environmental Health and Tracking  

When: October 2018 - January 2019

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 five-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. 

Coming soon - Communication Tools and Strategies for Tracking Programs to Impacting Policy


Previous Webinars

1. Communication Tools and Strategies for Tracking Programs to Engage with Local Health Departments – Wisconsin’s Use of Mini-Grant Program 

October 23, 2018

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.  

Presenters:

Jennifer 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 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. 

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Listed below are the application materials referenced in the webinar:

  1. WI Tracking - 2018-19 Request for Application (RfA) - Mini Grant Program
  2. Appendix D - Application Form
  3. Appendix F - Scoring Rubric

 

2. Communication Tools and Strategies for Tracking Programs for Working Across Divisions: Vermont's Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water Pilot Project

December 12, 2018

The second installment explored communication tools and strategies for tracking programs to working across divisions. The webinar featured Vermont Tracking Program and their work on Lead in School Drinking Water Pilot Project.  Michelle Thompson, Amelia Ray, and David Grass provided a detailed overview of their communication strategy and insight into how to best engage with partners across divisions.

Presenters:

David Grass, PhD, is the Environmental Health Surveillance Chief at the Vermont Department of Health. David earned his PhD in climate studies, atmospheric science, and environmental health at Columbia University. He oversees the Environmental Public Health Tracking, Climate and Health, Radon Indoor Air, and Envision School Environmental Health programs. He has played an important role in managing the data collected during the Health Department’s lead in school drinking water pilot last year.

Amelia Ray is the Information Director for the Environmental Health Division at the Vermont Department of Health. She has worked with the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program on program marketing and outreach for the past four years, including the lead in school drinking water pilot. Amelia has an MA in Environmental Studies from Prescott College and a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Previously, Amelia was the PIO and water conservation program manager for a water district in Southern California.

Michelle Thompson is the program manager for the Envision Program – school environmental health – at the Vermont Department of Health. The Envision Program was created as part of the School Environmental Health Act to address environmental health issues in schools. The lead in school drinking water testing pilot was conducted under the umbrella of the Envision Program. Michelle has an MPH degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from Tulane University.

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3. Communication Tools and Strategies for Tracking Programs to Engage with Non-Traditional Partners: Utah Tracking and its Innovative Partnerships

December 17th, 2018 

The third installment of the CHAT Webinar Series explored the communication tools and strategies for tracking programs to engage with non-traditional partners. For the purpose of this webinar, non-traditional partners were defined as partners besides local health departments. The webinar featured Utah Tracking Program and their innovative partnerships with the Department of Environmental Quality, Logan Environmental Action Force, and Utah Lead Coalition. Rebecca Dick and Corryn Silon provided a detailed overview of their communication strategy and insight into how to best engage with diverse partners such as advocacy groups.

Presenters:

Rebecca Dick is a Health Education Specialist  at the Utah Department of Health in their Environmental Public Health Tracking Program to build bridges in the community. Rebecca believes that continued education is the key to breaking down barriers to public health access. Rebecca has partnered with many community members to build coalitions that have been instrumental in updating and strengthening health policies in Utah. Rebecca is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has also been trained through FEMA as a Public Information Officer and is also certified in Social Media Marketing. After completing her BS in Health Education and Promotion, Rebecca went on to graduate from Grand Canyon University with a Master’s in Public Administration.
 
Corryn Silon is a Health Educator who works with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) in the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program to provide education and knowledge to the community, so they can make informed decisions.  Corryn joins the UDOH team with years of experience partnering with diverse organizations to implement policy changes that directly impact the health of communities. Corryn graduated from SUNY Albany with a Master’s in Public Health. 

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For more information on the CDC Tracking Program, check out the following links: 

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking

https://ephtracking.cdc.gov/DataExplorer/

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Request For Proposal Resources

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.

RFP Glossary

Terms and Definitions Commonly Used in Technical Proposals (PDF)

Pre-RFP Guide

Strategies to Developing a Successful Technical RFP (PDF)

RFP Examples

Environmental Health Request for Proposals

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