Environmental Public Health Tracking System
How might the environment affect your health? We are working to help understand. As part of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Network, an initiative lead by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico offers this site as a source for environment information integrated with health information in efforts to track and understand how the environment might affect the health of New Mexicans.
The Environmental Public Health Tracking website summarizes air quality and water quality data as well as environmental health outcomes such as asthma, myocardial infarction (heart attack), birth defects, reproductive outcomes, thyroid cancer, and leukemia. It includes studies on the linkage of ozone in air with asthma, and arsenic in drinking water with bladder cancer. It also provides warning systems based on real-time satellite data for wildfires, dust, heat waves, and other weather events.
Current data sets include:
- Air Quality - Ambient air particulate matter and ozone.
- Water Quality - Drinking water contaminants include arsenic, uranium, lead, nitrate and drinking water disinfection by-products.
- Biomonitoring - Blood, urine and hair. Monitored contaminants include arsenic, uranium, lead, mercury and other metals.
- Respiratory Effects - Measures include asthma hospitalization age-adjusted rates.
- Cardiovascular Effects - Measures include heart attack hospitalization age-adjusted rates.
- Cancer - Measures include heart attack hospitalization age-adjusted rates.
- Birth Defects - Measures include prevalence of infants with cleft lip with or without cleft palate.
- Reproductive Health - Birth is a complex and wonderful process and fortunately, the birth outcome for most women is a full term and healthy baby.
- Potential Smoke Impacts from the Pino Fire (September 2, 2014)
- Evening Smoke Impacts Expected (July 1, 2014)
- Smoke Exposure a Hazard During Fire Season (June 23, 2014)
- Wildfire Resources (May 13, 2014)
- Spring Allergies Nothing to Sneeze At (April 23, 2014)
- Wildfire Resources Help New Mexicans Protect Themselves from Smoke Hazards (June 17, 2014)