Health Tracking

Data and Environmental Health Best Practices Video Series

Open data imageExplore the Value of Open Data

Build foundational knowledge on open data for your environmental health agency through this video series featuring top open data experts. If you’ve ever wondered what open data are or how to get more results from the information your agency collects, this webinar series is for you. This 4-part series will dive into open data, data management, and data standards for environmental health.


Best Practices for Open Data

The first video will define open data and provide best practices with Tyler Kleykamp of Georgetown’s Beeck Center. If you are new to open data, this should not be missed.

How To Manage Your Technology for Better Data Outcomes 

Waldo Jaquith, cofounder of the State Software Collaborative, will provide key insights on how to make technology decisions that support your program and open data goals.

Communities Using Data: Examples From

Who uses open data? Sasha Anderson from will give us a look inside the world of third-party users of open data and how their work fuels public understanding of government information.

Data Standards and Environmental Health: Intro to SAFE Standard

Sarah Schacht and Chris Metcalf, NEHA consultants on open data standards, will introduce the first data standard for environmental health. This first standard focuses on aquatic inspection data. Get a look at the innovations in open data for environmental health.

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 current and relevant information on health tracking and informatics. 

U.S. EPA and NEHA Webinar: PFAS Research

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is leading the national effort to understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and reduce PFAS risks to the public through its PFAS Action Plan, and U.S. EPA's researchers are hard at work to support this effort. PFAS research is organized around the risk paradigm, building on what we know and continuing to fill in existing knowledge gaps using in-house research, extramural research, and cross-government partnerships. Research actions are underway to develop and validate methods to measure PFAS in environmental and biological media; understand human health and ecological effects; understand PFAS sources, occurance, fate and transport, and exposure; and understand methods for reducing, removing, and remeidating PFAS in the environment.

Speakers Include:

Andrew Gillespie, PhD

Dr. Gillespie is the executive lead for PFAS research in U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development and an Associate Director in the Office of Research and Development's Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling. 

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U.S. EPA and NEHA EnviroAtlas Tool Informs Decisions, Research, and Education Webinar 

Tuesday February 25, 2020, 1:00–2:00 p.m. 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 U.S. 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 

Anne Neale leads the EnviroAtlas project in U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development in Durham, NC. Neale has a background in landscape ecology and ecosystem services and has been with U.S. 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 

Jessica Daniel is an environmental protection specialist in U.S. 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.

U.S. EPA/NEHA Webinar Slide Deck (PDF)

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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.


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


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


Madelyn Gustafson, Project Coordinator, (303) 756- 9090,


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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