Environmental public health tracking is the integrated surveillance of health, exposure, and hazard information and data from various sources. NM EPHT helps the people of New Mexico and those that serve them understand the connection between health and environmental factors. The public health theory that drives us is by extending the knowledge gained from integrated surveillance, we will provide important actionable information for public health practice. Our work will advance the ability of public health practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers, community-based programs, and the public to apply a data-driven approach toward reducing the burden of environmentally related exposures and diseases in New Mexico. NM EPHT achieves this by continuing to conduct environmental health surveillance and expanding a standardized network that allows New Mexico’s populations a mode for gaining an improved understanding about the possible associations between the environment and adverse health effects. By making these standardized data and health information readily available to communities in urban and rural settings through the NMTracking data portal, we equip our prime service populations and audiences and those who serve communities most vulnerable to environmental health issues with essential resources required for public and community health practices and actions.
• Increased data monitoring of environmental health topics.
• Improved completeness, timeliness, and quality of environmental public health surveillance data.
• Increased surveillance of environmental health disparities.
• Improved information technology tools and systems.
• Increased stakeholder inclusion in data sharing, communications, and response.
• Increased collaboration with stakeholders to reduce health disparities.
• Increased dissemination of environmental health information using communication best practices to appropriate audiences.
• Increased knowledge and ability among EPHT workforce.
• Increased recipient capacity to provide technical assistance to advance environmental public health interventions.
Program Evaluation/Performance Measurement
• Improved completeness, timeliness, and quality of evaluation data.
• Increased use of public health data among public health practitioners and environmental professionals to develop and deliver informed programs, prioritized interventions, and policies to address environmental public health issues.
• Improved identification, monitoring, and addressing of health disparities.
• Reduced environmental exposures and related health effects.
• Reduced environmental health disparities.