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Official website of New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

How clean is New Hampshire’s air? What health problems could be linked to the water we drink? What relationships may exist between environmental exposures and cancer?

New Hampshire’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program will help policymakers, health professionals, scientists, researchers and others to:

  • Advance research on possible linkages between environmental hazards and disease;
  • Monitor information about environmental hazards and disease trends;
  • Track advances in health status and environmental improvements; and
  • Use data to develop, implement, and evaluate regulatory and public health actions to prevent or control environment-related diseases.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, New Hampshire’s Tracking program also links you to comparable information from other states and to national data.

News and Events
Introducing Community Health Outlooks: Health and Environment at town level
August 8, 2019

The NH Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program is pleased to introduce the 2019 Community Health Outlooks. These individual community snapshots summarize 35 health-related indicators for 199 communities across New Hampshire. The chosen indicators represent community characteristics, risk factors, health behaviors, and health outcomes, thus reflecting a suite of conditions that impact health. Data are summarized to highlight geographic, demographic, and time trends.

 

The Community level geography used in the reports is a single town where possible. However, there are some towns in NH where the population is too small to support reliable health outcome estimates at the town-level. For towns where the population is less than 4,000 people, towns are grouped together into a Community based on similar demographic and socioeconomic factors. Communities are further grouped into Regions with a minimum population of 20,000 people. Regions are used to present indicators that occur less frequently.

 

Each report contains the health data tables for each indicator at the community/region, count and state level with confidence intervals.

 

If you have any questions about how to use the data and inforamtion included in these reports, let us know by sending an email to: EPHTInformation@dhhs.nh.gov.

 

Access reports on NH Health WISDOM.

Webinar: Using Data Tools to Improve Public Health: A Closer Look at Heat Illness in New England
Recorded July 10, 2019

On July 10th, the New England Tracking Programs hosted a webinar on extreme heat in New England and tools for improving data-driven decision making.

 

The webinar discussed:

  • Findings of a study to change the National Weather Service guidelines in New England
  • Who is most at-risk of heat stress in your area
  • How to use local Tracking data to plan prevention efforts

View the webinar at: stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/p1fwwm8fw5yk/

 

NH Tracking Program Releases Environmental Health Risk Perception Summary
May 14, 2019

The New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, in partnership with the Community Health Institute, contracted with the University of New Hampshire Survey Center to include a set of questions on its Spring 2018 Granite State Poll. The goal was to better understand how New Hampshire (NH) residents perceive threats to the environment and their health. Five hundred and fifteen (515) randomly selected NH adults were interviewed by landline and cellular telephone between April 2 and April 12, 2018.

 

According to the survey results, half of NH residents (50%) are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about threats to drinking water in their home such as arsenic and bacteria. And less than 40% are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about threats to indoor environment in their home such as mold, radon or lead as well as threats to outdoor air quality around their home such as traffic exhaust or industrial emissions.

 

Read the full report.  pdf file

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