Health Tracking Resources for Health Impact Assessment: Informing Decision
Nancy M. Goff, MPH
Public Health Tracking (EPHT) is a nationwide initiative that involves the
ongoing collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of
data on environmental hazards, human exposures and health effects.
This process, sometimes called Health Impact Assessment (HIA), is one way that the data and information gathered by EPHT can be applied to promote healthy communities. Oregon EPHT has collected information and data about child blood lead, air and water quality, asthma and myocardial infarction hospitalizations, and vital statistics, and is currently developing built environment indicators. Oregon EPHT has informed local project and policy proposals through consultation, provision of data, and capacity building activities.
Specific activities have included EPHT staff participation in:
1. A regional HIA workgroup that identifies and addresses various opportunities for promoting the integration of health and other sectors, and
2. An HIA of a local transportation project.
These activities have paved the way for an HIA initiative within the State Office of Environmental Public Health. This presentation discusses these efforts as well as future plans to sustain the initiative.