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NH Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
Environmental Public Health Tracking Data

Effective environmental public health tracking utilizes environmental hazard, human exposure, and health outcome data to paint a picture of the relationship between the environment and health. Analyzing patterns and trends in health outcomes and environmental factors and their interaction is critical for identifying actions that will improve the health of communities.

Indicators for environmental hazards, human exposures, and health outcomes were developed by the national EPHT Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include asthma and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) hospitalizations, cancer, vital statistics (birth weight), birth defects, childhood lead poisoning, air pollution, and water quality.

Nationally consistent data and measures (NCDMs) for each indicator are being generated for inclusion in the national EPHT Network. NCDMs for New Hampshire are available on the NH Health WISDOM.


All data included in NH Health WISDOM contains metadata. Metadata are often described as "data about data". Descriptive metadata include information that describes the content, quality, and context of a data resource for the purpose of facilitating identification and discovery. It may reference additional information like quality assurance documents and data dictionaries. By providing information about the data, descriptive metadata helps a user decide if a data resource is appropriate for the intended use.

Metadata provides the following information:

Available metadata for NH EPHT:

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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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