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New Hampshire Highlights

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New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking, in conjunction with members from our Technical Advisory Group, has identified five special project areas that link data to action. These projects were prioritized based on their ability to build capacity within the State’s Public Health System and to inform data driven decision making at the State and local level.

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Heat and Health

Extreme heat events are the most common cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. In New Hampshire, the number of heat-related illnesses leading to emergency department (ED) visits increases by approximately 70% at 95°F  compared to 75°F. NH EPHT is working steadfastly with partners across New England and the National Weather Service (NWS) to lower the excessive heat advisory threshold from 100°F to 95°F.                               

Heat and Health: Understanding Community Risk pdf file

Tracking in Action: Understanding the Impacts of Heat on Health pdf file

Heat Community Toolkit pdf file

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Neighborhood Indicators

Healthy community design is planning and developing communities that make it easier for people to live healthy lives. NH EPHT is considering a neighborhood level analysis that will provide neighborhood level data on determinants, risks, and health outcomes necessary for community planning and public health activities. 

Tracking in Action: Exploring Life Expectancy Trends in New Hampshire pdf file

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Recreational Water Quality

In collaboration with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), this project is currently gathering surveillance data at Pawtuckaway State Park and Weirs Beach. NH EPHT will develop data-driven models using site-specific hydrologic and meteorological data to predict bacteria concentrations. This pilot effort will inform swimming advisories and beach closures in New Hampshire.

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Social Determinants (SVI)

Every community must prepare for and respond to hazardous events, whether a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or disease outbreak, or a human‐made event, such as a harmful chemical spill. The NH EPHT Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) is a web-based tool that allows users to examine which communities may be most vulnerable to external stressors due to factors such as poverty, lack of access to transportation or disability. 

Social Vulnerability Index: An Emergency Response Tool pdf file

Tracking in Action: Using the Social Vulnerability Index Tool in Emergency Preparedness pdf file

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Tick and Lyme

Tick bites and tickborne disease (TBD), most notably Lyme disease, are a growing public health threat of particular concern in the northeast region of the United States.  In a collaborative effort to reduce tick exposure and prevent TBD among State employees, NH EPHT and the New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Program (OHSP) at the University of New Hampshire supported a survey on workplace TBD prevention practices and policies among State agencies. NH EPHT is also evaluating the association between environmental factors and risk of Lyme Disease, and is developing web-based tools for risk communication.

Tickborne Disease Prevention Among State Agencies: Understanding Tickborne Disease Prevention Practices 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