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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, routinely identifies special project areas that link data to action. These projects are 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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Community Health Outlooks

The NH Tracking Program recognized a need for public health data at the community level to assist with program outreach and community health assessments. After geocoding the NH public health datasets to the census tract level, the NH EPHT created individual community snapshots summarizing 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.

Access reports on NH Health WISDOM

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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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Environmental Health Risk Perception

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.

Environmental Health Risk Perception Summary  pdf file

Environmental Health Risks in Drinking Water  pdf file

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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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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