Since 2003, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been collecting statewide data for Environmental Health (EH) programs which have helped the agency move towards making data-driven decisions. In 2019, VDH transitioned to a new cloud-based enterprise data system, Environmental Health Database (EHD), which houses statewide data for more than 12 Environmental Health programs. During the development of EHD, VDH identified a complete list of data entry fields with a specific focus on the most critical data entry fields.
Environmental Health Professionals: Your Army of Unseen Protectors
Who makes sure that our food, water, air, homes, and communities are safe? We know that it’s environmental health professionals, but to most people, our work goes unnoticed. Fortunately, Americans trust that their water is safe to drink, or that the restaurant they are eating from is clean, but they don’t consider how that happens.
The Environmental Health Tracking Podcast Series features four different EH health departments and their tracking program. Each podcast shares the history, challenges, and successes of the program and goals for the future. Topics include:
- How the health department increased their tracking data content and awareness
- How tracking data is used to address health inequities
- Evaluation strategies of the program
- Different examples of data visualization
Thank you to Deyonne Sandoval of New Mexico Department of Health, Brittany Saltsman Bell of Kentucky Department for Public Health, Jill Maras of Michigan Environmental Public Health, and Matthew Montesano of New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.
For more tracking and informatics resources, visit https://www.neha.org/eh-topics/informatics.
You are invited to join the Florida Environmental Health Association for our 73rd Annual Education Meeting being held virtually on October 13th - 15th 2021. 3 days of interesting and exciting webinars. $50 for members and $80 for non-members.
About the NEHA/PHII Collaborative Project
NEHA has partnered with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) on the Leveraging Informatics to Improve Environmental Health Practice and Innovation project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NEHA, PHII, and CDC have surveyed, interviewed, and conducted a workshop with five selected jurisdictions (Georgia, Southern Nevada, Riverside County, CA, Virginia, and Maryland) to understand food and recreational water inspection processes, data use, standardization, analytic capabilities, platforms, storage, and sharing practices. The project team utilized the Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology (CRDM)™ to gather information that would guide the development of a business process analysis (BPA). The goal of the project is to understand food and recreational water inspection data needs and challenges to inform the identification of recommendations and best practices for the field.
Resources are coming soon!
The 2021 Rutgers Environment & Public Health (EPH) Program is an 8-week online course followed by a 200-hour unpaid field training internship that provides the expertise and hands-on experience you need and qualifies you to sit for the NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Licensing Exam.
Tue, Feb 16, 2021 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MST. This is a virtual event.
Ensuring the health and safety of the public requires more than just reacting to non-compliances, it requires a good preventative strategy. With trend reporting and analysis, you can discover common violations and problem areas so you can help your providers anticipate and avoid non-compliances before they occur.
Public toilets are what help give people the ability to take care of themselves while out in the public sphere, and we all need them. While they may not be new, they still are not as common as many as we would like, and different kinds of people may not feel safe using public toilets. Has this always been the case?