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NH Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
Health Effects

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


Health effects indicators for EPHT were developed by the national EPHT Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and include:

Asthma Hospitalizations
Birth and Reproductive Outcomes
Birth Defects
Childhood Lead Poisoning
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction) Hospitalizations


Nationally consistent data and measures (NCDMs) for each indicator are being generated by state EPHT programs for inclusion in the national EPHT Network. NCDMs for the following indicators for New Hampshire are available on the NH EPHT Web Portal.

Asthma Hospitalizations Data
Birth Defects Data
Birth and Reproductive Outcomes Data
Cancer Data
Childhood Lead Poisoning Data
Heart Attack Hospitalizations (Acute Myocardial Infarction) Data


All data included 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:

Why the data was created or collected
How the data was created or collected
Who created or collected the data
When the data was last updated
How the data can be obtained

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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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