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Private wells owners in New Mexico have the chance to get their drinking water tested for free! The 2017 Private Well Water Testing series begins in March. We had an excellent turnout in 2016 from New Mexicans who took advantage of the free public health opportunity. Let's top that in 2017! See the schedule and learn more about the program here.
Biomonitoring results packets have been sent to participants of the San Juan County project. We thank all the participants for taking part in this biomonitoring assessment.

Check here. often to learn about biomonitoring opportunities that may be happening in your community soon.

What is biomonitoring? Find out here.

National Public Health Week 2017

The New Mexico Department of Health is celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 on by recognizing the work of the Department of Health employees and New Mexico's public health workforce. Our theme, We Are Public Health, aims to showcase the work we do daily to impact the health of New Mexicans. We are celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system, including environmental health. New Mexico's governor has proclaimed April 3-7 as New Mexico Public Health Week coinciding with the national campaign. See our posts on Facebook. #NPHW #NMEPHT #EnvironmentalHealth #Tracking

Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week

Are you ready for wildfire season? During Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, we encourage community, school, event and sports leaders to learn what to do if the smoke from a fire is lingering near your activities. NM EPHT provides a Communications and Safety Decision Making Toolkit for Schools, Public Health Local Governments, Event or Recreation Organizers and Sports Coaches. Access the toolkit here.

The 2017 Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference is on April 5-6, 2017. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (Tracking Branch) to bring you this free virtual conference. The conference focuses on the environment's role in chronic diseases and highlights opportunities for the chronic disease community and the Tracking Network. Conference features include: virtual conference sessions and breakouts; exhibit halls; poster sessions; and even a virtual fitness challenge.

Click here to register.

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CDC's Tracking Network Enviro Health App Challenge Launches!

Innovators are invited to take the Enviro Health App Challenge. The chosen app will help identify and promote innovative uses of data from CDC's Tracking Network. CDC is crowdsourcing innovators to use the Tracking Network and its API (Application Program Interface) to create easy-to-use software applications that will track environmental and/or health data indicators, monitor trends, provide access to data, educate the public, identify at-risk populations, and/or expose potential health hazards. Successful challenge submissions are eligible for the following prize awards:

  • 1st place - $20,000
  • 2nd place - $7,000
  • 3rd place - $3,000

The submission window is now open, but closes June 23, 2017 so be sure to register for the challenge as early as possible to get started. Visit CDC's Tracking Network Enviro Health Challenge website for more details.

Do you have ideas on new air pollution measurement strategies for wildfire events?

The Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge is seeking an accurate, lower-cost, and low-maintenance air quality monitoring system that can be used during a wildfire or controlled fire. Developers are encouraged to submit a prototype sensor system that measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The system should be capable of rapid deployment and continuous real-time monitoring of highly dynamic air pollution levels during a fire event. Developers should also aim for designs that are easy to use and self-powered; include location data; and wirelessly transmit data to a central data-receiving station. Written submissions are due by Nov. 22, 2017 and prototypes must be submitted by Jan. 5, 2018.

The Challenge total award pool is $60,000, which may be awarded in total to one winner if all the requirements are met, or divided into several partial awards.

The sponsors of the Sensors Challenge are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Park Service (NPS). The non-profit organization, Tall Timbers Research Station, is also a partner. To learn more, visit
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