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NH Environmental Public Health Tracking Program



The NH Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program is your source for State and National environmental health data.

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EPHT is a cooperative initiative between the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the NH Department of Environmental Services. NH EPHT is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve public health by providing science-based information on the trends and distributions of environmentally-related diseases.

January 2015

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of non-smoking related lung cancer. Thousands of NH residents are unaware of elevated
radon levels in their homes and the silent risk it carries. Over 22% of households had the test result above action
US EPA level, 4 pCi/L. However, only 8.8% of total household had mitigation system installed.
Information for Radon in air in NH, visit: Tracking Radon Exposure
Learn more about the national effort to take action against radon, visit: U.S. EPA Radon Action

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

About 1 in 34 babies born in NH has a major birth defect. NH Medicaid pays an average of $7.5 million per year in
medical services for children born with the birth defects tracked by the NHBCP. Babies born with a birth defect
are more likely to die before their first birthday, compared to babies born without a birth defect.
Information for birth outcomes and environment, visit: Tracking Birth Defects
Learn more about risk factors and preventions, visit: NH Birth Conditions Program

New Hampshire Releases New Report on Asthma Prevalence by Industry and Occupation

More than 17.5 million adults in the United States suffer from asthma, and, according to the American Thoracic
Society, approximately 15% of U.S. adults with asthma have asthma attributable to occupational factors.
To explore this further, the New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Program used the newly added
industry and occupation variables in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey to identify those
industry and occupation groups of workers at greater risk for asthma. This information can be useful to prioritize
and guide prevention strategies within high-risk industries and occupations.
To read the full report, go to Asthma Prevalence among New Hampshire Workers, BRFSS, 2001-2015
Know more about NH work-related injuries and illnesses, visit NH Occupational Health Surveillance Program

Economic Burden of Environmentally Attributable Illness in Children of NH Report Released
To view the report, go to NH Children Environmental Burden Report


NH EPHT is part of the CDC's national Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. The network was developed to integrate nationally consistent environment and public health data to support research, programs and policies that help protect the health of communities nationwide.

This web site is supported by grant number 1 U38 EH000947-01 from the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Its content is solely the responsibility of the authors and not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services
29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
Tel: (603) 271-4988 800-852-3345 ext.4988

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