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Welcome to New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking

Find maps of New Mexico Counties, Health Regions and Legislative House and Senate Districts here.

    • 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.

    • On this site you can:
      • Learn how to protect yourself from environmental exposures.
      • Learn which health effects might be associated with environmental exposures.
      • See how these exposures affect your community.
      • See which health effects are occurring in the state.
      • Access state data and create maps, charts, and tables on the public portal.
      • Access the secure portal, which allows approved users to access unsuppressed county- and sub-county-level data.
      • Get alerts and information about the latest environmental conditions that acutely impact health.

Seasonal Allergies and Pollination

Sneezing and itchy eyes are the key signs of seasonal allergies. The cause? Usually pollen. Did you know that trees begin to release pollen as early as winter? In New Mexico juniper  pollination has already started.

You can find some relief from allergies by reducing how much pollen you are exposed to. How? Simple things like frequently washing your hands and face and taking off your shoes before you enter your home can help. Get more tips for minimizing seasonal allergy symptoms.  

Private Well Water Fairs Offer free Drinking Water Quality Testing 

A partnership between the New Mexico Health Department’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Private Well Programs and the state Environment Department offers New Mexico households with private water wells the chance to conveniently test the water they drink for a number of common water concerns plus arsenic at no cost. See the water fair schedule and take advantage of this health promotion event when it is in your community. 

Is radon sneaking into your home? Winter time is a good time check. 

Breathing radon in your home can cause lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home; this means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. Radon gas is odorless and invisible and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it. If you want to reduce your risk,take the first step: test.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 When your furnace kicks on make sure poisonous gas isn't coming out.

Carbon monoxide, often called CO, is an invisible, odorless, poisonous gas. Sources in the house include gas- and oil-burning furnaces and stoves.  Keep your family safe this winter by following these steps:

Have your home heating sources such as furnaces, water heaters, wood stoves, and portable heaters inspected for leaks, cracks and proper function every year. 

Fix any problems or discontinue use of faulty heating sources.  

Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors near every sleeping area in your home and train your family members what to do if the detector alerts you of dangerous gas build-up. 

Check your detector regularly to make sure it is working.

Don’t run a car engine or any fuel burners in a garage, even if the doors are open.

Learn more about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

Find out how many hospitalizations occur due to carbon monoxide poisonings.