Webinar Series

NEHA launched the Integrating Data to Empower Advancement – Environmental Health (IDEA EH) webinar series to showcase data collection, sharing, and use stories and resources. Webinars will be hosted monthly and recordings will be available on NEHA's website and learning management system. 

October Webinar: Putting Data to Work with the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS)

Join us on October 11th at 2pm ET for a presentation about the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS), a surveillance system designed for use by health departments.

Danny Ripley, with Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, TN, and Laura Brown with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, will share their experiences and discuss NEARS implementation, successes, and challenges. Attendees will also learn about recent changes to NEARS and how NEARS will be impacting assessments in the future. This webinar is approved for 1 hour of NEHA continuing education.

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July Webinar: Predicting Septic Failures and Prioritizing Public Health Interventions

This webinar occurred on July 26, 2018 at 12pm MDT.  You can view the recording below.

This activity has been approved for 1 NEHA Continuing Education hour.


Jason Ravenscroft, Supervisor of the Pools, Septics, and Wells Program at Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, IN

Topic: The Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, IN recently completed a septic system survey of homes to identify issues homeowners may be having with their systems. The information gained from the surveys, as well as septic repair permit data, soil geography, and well log information, were used to conduct analyses to determine the factors associated with septic failures and septic issues in Marion County. Using geographic information system (GIS) mapping technology, areas of Marion County with high risk factors were identified to help drive future public health interventions such as sewer extension projects, drainage improvements, and homeowner education. Attendees will learn about environmental factors associated with septic failures, issues homeowners commonly have with their septic system, methods to identify areas of highest risk for septic failures, how to tailor public health interventions to address root causes of septic failures, and how to practice data integration and mapping to drive decisions.  

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June Webinar: Low or No-Cost Tools to Shape Your Data Into a Compelling Story 

This webinar occurred on June 21, 2018 at 12pm MDT. You can view the recording below.

This activity has been approved for 1 NEHA Continuing Education hour.


Tim Callahan, Director of the Evaluation and Support Program in the Environmental Health Section of the Georgia Department of Public Health

Topic: As health departments are advancing data systems to increase evidence-based practices, environmental health personnel might be lacking the tools and training needed to turn their data into actionable knowledge. This knowledge can produce influential stories that impact policy maker decisions surrounding resources, planning, and processes. Webinar attendees will gain insight into the options available to address these gaps. Tim will provide a brief introduction to free, available, and relatively easy to use applications for data analysis and visualization. Environmental health professionals can use these tools to build valuable dashboards and informatics tools with real-time data. Attendees will also learn how these tools were used to produce influential stories of environmental health's work. In Georgia, these tools were integral to a 25% increase in the Environmental Health Section's operational budget, which increase inspection staffing across Georgia and advanced the department's accreditation efforts. 

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May Webinar: Disasters and Environmental Vulnerability

This webinar occurred on May 22, 2018 at 12pm MDT. You can view the recording below.

This activity has been approved for 1 NEHA Continuing Education hour.


1. Dr. Jennifer Horney, Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Texas A&M School of Public Health 

Topic: Jennifer will highlight challenges associated with conducting research in the post-disaster period, why it is important to work with established community partners when collecting data after a disaster, and how to set priorities for the types of primary data to collect post disaster. 


2. Dr. Thomas McDonald, Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and the Director of the Research Translation Core of the Superfund Research Program at Texas A&M University

Topic: Thomas will discuss how to interpret post-disaster data when baseline data is often unavailable and the challenges of translating research findings to communities and residents.

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