The New Jersey Environmental Public Health Tracking (NJ EPHT) Project is a collaborative data and surveillance network which brings together public-facing data networks; surveillance activities; data analysis; and environmental health-related education and outreach activities at New Jersey’s Departments of Health (NJDOH) and Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The ongoing goal of NJ EPHT is to continue to enhance and expand New Jersey’s public and environmental health capacity to empower public health practitioners, healthcare providers, health and environmental advocates, community members, policy makers, and others to make data-driven decisions that improve the health of New Jersey’s residents.
Working in partnership with data stewards, content experts and IT staff, NJ EPHT has collaborated to create the following online data portals for NJ’s environmental and public health communities, community groups, advocacy groups, academics, and researchers:
• Our NJSHAD data portal, https://www-doh.state.nj.us/doh-shad/, serves as the main data portal for all of NJDOH, and provides 200+ indicators and 12 queryable datasets.
• Our NJDEP Potential Lead Exposure Mapping (PLEM) tool, https://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6472457d42ab474b87f735de8d8ee205 which provides data on the year each individual NJ residence (parcel) was built for use for child lead poisoning prevention activities.
• Our NJDEP NJ Environmental Justice Mapping tool, https://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=34e507ead25b4aa5a5051dbb85e55055, which allows users to view NJ’s overburdened communities at the census tract level in accordance with NJ Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157.
In addition, NJ EPHT collaborates to conduct outreach and education on environmental health topics through fact sheets, booths and presenting at relevant NJ conferences, annual meetings, health and environmental-related university programs.
During the new funding interval NJ EPHT expects to expand our data visualization activities to include new Tableau dashboards and story maps focused on climate change and syndromic surveillance data. Other major activities will focus on: assisting with data modernization across all NJDOH environmental health areas; upgrading our existing data portals; expanding outreach to emergency managers and planners regarding NJ EPHT’s updated chemical vulnerability analyses available on a need-to-know basis in partnership with NJ State Police and Homeland Security; enhancing bi-direction communication with local and county environmental health staff in NJ; and promoting the utilization of our new Health Community Planning website.