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Environmental Public Health Tracking 

Environmental Public Health Tracking 101 covers the basic principles of environmental public health tracking and provides an overview of the environmental public health tracking process for public health professionals. The CDC developed this course for online study. The course is hosted on the National Environmental Health Association's Web site. The course is free, but participants must register. 

Tracking in Action - Workforce Implementation Tracking in Action provides real-life examples of CDC grantee Tracking Programs and Networks and how they have partnered with local programs and organizations to identify and address environmental health concerns.​ The course is hosted on the National Environmental Health Association's Web site. The course is free, but participants must register.

Info by Location To​ol - CDC has released a new and improved Info by Location tool on the Tracking Network.You can now enter your county name or zip code and view infographic-style environmental health information about your county. 


Oregon Tracking Quick ​Start Manual - ArcGIS is a software system that allows you to visually represent data by geographic location. This ArcGIS quick start manual was created by Oregon EPHT as a guide for local health departments learning to use the software. The material in this quick start manual is derived from the ESRI ArcGIS reference library. Download the companion data for this tutorial: ArcGIS Companion Data (zip)

ESRI Resources and Training Links - This is the main online campus for ESRI, the makers of the ArcGIS software.  This includes information on instructor led classes as well as online trainings or tutors, some of which are free.

MapInfo Resources and Training Links - This has information and links for the MapInfo GIS software.  Information on public, private, and web-based trainings are provided. 



Federal Geographic Data Committee; Metadata resources and Information - The FGDC is tasked by Executive Order 12906 to develop procedures and assist in the implementation of a distributed discovery mechanism for national digital geospatial data.  A metadata record is a file of information, usually presented as an XML document, which captures the basic characteristics of a data or information resource.  This site lists some resources and information about metadata and the FGDC.

National Biological Information Infrastructure; Metadata presentation and resources - The U.S. Geological Survey provides information that describes metadata and provides links to additional metadata resources.

Environmental Public Health

The Public Health Assessment Process and the Community - Trainex, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This program provides an overview of the public health assessment process that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry uses to evaluate whether people will be harmed by hazardous materials from waste sites or from other places where hazardous substances have been spilled or released into the environment.​

CDC/ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine - Paper-based and/or CD based.  Series of 37 Case Studies in Environmental Medicine, self-study guides to increase the primary care provider's knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and aid in the evaluation of potentially exposed patients (general and substance specific).

Environmental Health Trainings - Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, Seattle Washington.  This site is intended for all public health practitioners who work with environmental health.  Formats are CD-ROM training modules and on-site trainings.

Environmental Public Health Tracking - On-line library of resources on EPHT goals, activities, and data. Links to websites and on-line versions of presentations (in the future CDs and other resources may be available).

Environmental Public Health Tracking Online Trainings, Tulane University - Tulane University, partnership with the Louisiana Office of Public Health - Center for Environmental Health, developed a series of training modules for entry-level environmental health practitioners.  These modules are meant for entry-level practitioners, so they are quite basic.

Lectures available in Environmental Health - Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health, National Library of Medicine.  This website contains a large list of trainings available that are related to public health.  Trainings are free and web-based.

Michigan Public Health Training Center - Addressing Environmental Contaminants and Their Effects on Human Health 2 CD set.  Covers concerns on common environmental contaminants and their potential effects on human health, including mold, lead, mercury, and pesticides, all of which are found in the home, the community, and the workplace, and EPHT ($45).

North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness (NCCPHP) Internet-based training catalog - Internet-based trainings from the NCCPHP, UNC-CH School of Public Health, CDC, FEMA, and other Centers for Public Health Preparedness on: bioterrorism, surveillance, outbreak investigation, public health preparedness, basic epidemiology, emergency management and chemical terrorism.

Public Health Foundation TrainingFinder - Learning resource for public health professionals has physical sites in some states (not Oregon) and links to many web-based, CD, and other training opportunities.

Story of Health - A multimedia eBook that explores how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. Developed by CDC/ATSDR and other partners, continuing education credits are available.

University of Minnesota School of Public Health - Environmental Health and Nursing: Introduction - Provides resources to nurses in order to integrate environmental health knowledge and skills in professional practice through the technology of distance learning.  Introduction to Environmental Health, presents a framework for integrating environmental health nursing concepts into practice, and modules on Water Supply and Waste Water, Air Supply and Pollution, Land, Housing, Pest Control, Workplace, and Food Safety ($15 per module).

University of Albany School of Public Health - The Indoor Air Environment Video-stream.  Focuses on the dangers of indoor air toxins (dust, pollution, mold, asbestos, etc.) and exhaust systems, as well as solutions for better indoor air quality.

Risk Communication

CDC Emergency Risk Communication - The CDC's training curricula both brings the novice up to speed and helps the seasoned professional hone his or her skills in Emergency Risk Communication.

Environmental Health and Risk Communication Training - Indian Health Service. This three-day course provides students with an overview of an assessment tool, Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH), and familiarize students with the concept of incorporating the ten Essential Public Health Services into the operation of an environmental health program.

Risk Communication Products -This site provides risk communications training documents and other resources, provided by the U.S. Navy Environmental Health Center.

Risk Communication Training - Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.  This Web-based course provides an introduction to Emergency Risk Communication concepts and principles. Topics covered include planning for an emergency, best practices, creating effective messages, and strategies for interacting with the media and the community during times of crisis. The course includes audio and video clips that illustrate concepts, interactive quizzes that provide feedback, and a toolkit that contains downloadable worksheets and checklists.

Self-Instruction Course in Risk Communication - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  In 2003 PAHO created the Risk Assessment and Management Unit whose purpose is strengthening the country's capacity to develop, apply and to evaluate policies and public health interventions to monitor, assess, communicate and control the environmental, occupational and consumers risks.  With this course we seek to construct an interactive information-sharing process which will lead to the creation of local proposals for risk management

Working with Communities for Environmental Health Webcast on Demand - Demonstrates a framework for working with communities and individuals to improve their capacity for making informed decisions that promote environmental health and quality of life.  The program examines cultural, behavioral, environmental, and policy influences that impact community-based work throughout the process.

ASPH EnviroRisk - Web-based EnviroRisk is a case-based, problem-solving program in environmental risk assessment and risk communication.

Environmental Justice

​​​​​Environmental Justice: Best Practices for Oregon's Natural Resource Agencies- The State of Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force published this handbook to provide guidance to state agencies to consider disproportionate impacts and elicit meaningful participation from affected environmental justice communities. What follows is a discussion of a number of techniques and strategies state agencies can employ to achieve environmental justice in their operations and programs.