NEHA November 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

46 Volume 85 • Number 4 A D VANC EME N T O F T H E PRACTICE the challenges we must overcome to be able to use data safely and e ectively in the service of environmental health practice. To view the final project report, visit https://phii.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/ Environmental-Health-Final-Project-ReportFinal-August-2021-V5.pdf. Corresponding Author: Erik W. Coleman, Health Scientist (Informatics), National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevetion, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724. Email: ecoleman@cdc.gov. Reference Choucair, B., Bhatt, J., & Mansour, R. (2015). A bright future: Innovation transforming public health in Chicago. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 21(Suppl. 1), S49–S55. https://doi.org/10.1097/PHH. 0000000000000140 Phases Toward Standardized Data Processes and Systems Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 • Paper and pencil field data collection, multiple points of data transfer • Minimal data entry quality controls • Manual cleaning of data • Multiple points of data collection, entry, and transfer • Data fields not yet standardized • Electronic field data collection • Defined data fields and data types, including a data dictionary (i.e., a set of information describing the contents, format, and structure of a database and the relationship between its elements) • Data required to be synchronized or uploaded into the system database once an inspector reaches their office or home office • Reports available to the public • Data systems siloed and restricted data sharing • Some analysis of the data • Automatic synchronization from electronic field collection to database • Integration of data from other sources (e.g., pictures, GIS information, etc.) • Automated data cleaning and reconciliation • Custom reports available to the public, the ability for the public to query data • Share data across systems • Data sharing agreements with other agencies • Use of data to analyze, interpret, and drive actions and provide real-time insights TABLE 3 Did You Know? NEHA is excited to announce that we have received federal investments to strengthen environmental health practice and workforce capacity aimed at reducing lead exposures in tribal and territorial communities. Lead exposures in Newark, New Jersey, and Flint, Michigan, illustrate how communities of color are disproportionately aected. Children living in those communities already experience barriers associated with low socioeconomic status or racial disparities and suer yet another systemic challenge of lead exposure where they live and play. These contemporary illustrations serve as a grim reminder of the work ahead to address disparities that are evident throughout the U.S. We remain committed to the notion that we can eliminate environmental lead exposures in our lifetime so that every resident can reach their full human potential, free from the harm of this insidious heavy metal. Through our cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we will focus on addressing lead-related issues within tribal and territorial communities. Our activities will include hosting and providing travel scholarships for a 2.5-day lead workshop in Guam for members of the Northern Pacific Environmental Health Association. We aim to provide education, encourage the development of strategies, and build partnerships to provide regional support to reduce childhood lead poisoning. Additionally, support will be given to provide equipment necessary in lead detection. We will also work to address lead-related needs in tribal communities by creating training materials and resources, as well as introducing a lead mini grant to strengthen the tribal environmental health workforce. Grant award information: Federal Award Number NU38OT000300, award amount of $323,083.

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