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Come to this page to learn about upcoming private well water fairs, biomonitoring opportunities, environmental health events and announcements.
Tracking Week is July 9-13, 2018 and we will celebrate Tracking all of July. Our theme, We Track That, highlights the many areas Environmental Public Health Tracking serves public and community health. Look for social media tagged #WeTrackThat!

Tracking Awareness Week

Tracking Awareness Week Features include:

Join In #TrackingChat at for Tracking Awareness Week, July 9-13. On Thursday, July 12 at 1 PM EST (11 AM MST), CDC is hosting a Twitter Chat about Environmental Health. Join #TrackingChat, a Twitter Chat hosted by @CDC_EPHTracking! Learn about #communityhealth & how to use environmental & health #data to improve health.

New Mexico's rain season typically starts in July and lasts through August. While the monsoons bring much needed moisture and water, it often means there could be flooding. Prepare for monsoons and flooding, especially in areas of recent burn scars, areas near bodies of water, arroyos, acequias and ditches. If your home has a private well, be sure the well head is protected before floods and be sure to test your drinking water quality after floods if your well head was submerged or damaged during a flood. Learn more: Floods. Private Wells.
Private wells owners in New Mexico have the chance to get their drinking water tested for free! The 2018 Private Well Water Testing series begins in March. We had an excellent turnout in 2017 from New Mexicans who took advantage of the free public health opportunity. Let's top that in 2018! See the schedule and learn more about the program here.
Biomonitoring results packets have been sent to participants of the 2015 and 2016 projects. 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.
Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week April 2-8, 2018 and throughout April become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. April 4 is Environmental Health Day. Did you know that NM EPHT provides resources for public health professionals and anyone interested in learning about environmental health topics? Our selection includes:

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Wildland fire season is arriving so New Mexicans need to know what to do when it gets smoky outside. Use the information and resources from the 5-3-1 Smoke and Health campaign, designed and created by New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (NM EPHT) in partnership with the state's forest and air quality programs). See our social media messaging ( and, throughout the spring to get tips on what you should when it is smoky outside and see the proclamation by Governor Susana Martinez. The campaign offers resources for community level leaders and community health professionals including the Communications and Safety Decision Making Toolkit and data about outdoor air quality and wildland fires.

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World Health Day is in April, a good time to remember to include Environmental Health in your public health work. Would you like to include environmental health in your New Mexico community public health projects? A good starting place is the Community Environmental Health Profiles page. We offer a profile for each New Mexico County.
April 22, 2018 is Earth Day. The theme focuses on reducing plastic pollution. Vulnerable to plastic pollution are surface waters where drinking water often comes from. Do your part to protect surface water and learn about drinking water quality here.
Air Quality Awareness Week 2018 is April 30 - May 4, 2018. The theme, Air Quality Where You Are, ties in with the information NM EPHT provides to you so you may learn about Air Quality and Health Effects. Check out these pages:

Indicator Reports on Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Ozone Level

Indoor Air Quality


Carbon Monoxide

Outdoor Air Quality Health Information and Data

Fire and Smoke



May is National Asthma Awareness month. You can learn more about asthma in New Mexico here, Learn what the data shows for prevalence, emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Keep an eye for messages from us and our partner, New Mexico Asthma Prevention and Control Program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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May is National Allergy Awareness Month. Do you know which pollens cause your allergy symptoms? What time of year do you get symptoms? Visit our allergy information page to learn about the connection between pollination seasons and allergy symptoms.

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May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness and Ultraviolet Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. Learn about Melanoma and See the Incidence Rates in New Mexico.
North American summers are hot. Sometimes spring and fall temperatures reach dangerous levels as well. Most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. The National Weather Service leads Heat Safety Awareness Day on May 25, 2018 to encourage Americans to prepare for the hot days ahead. During extreme heat and heat waves New Mexicans can be at risk for heat stress. Heat stress is heat-related illness which can have many symptoms. This includes adverse health conditions such as heat exhaustion which can lead to heat stroke. Learn about Heat Stress, get practical tips plus see NM EPHT's report, New Mexico Heat Stress Surveillance, 2008-2010. Take a look at the NM EPHT Indicator Reports for Heat Stress Emergency Department Visits and Heat Stress Hospitalizations to learn how extreme heat impacts health outcomes in New Mexico.

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Our Groundwater Future

Our Groundwater Future in New Mexico hosted in part by New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources and New Mexico Tech. Learn about groundwater in New Mexico and try out one of their new well monitoring stations. For more information, please get on their event mailing list:

When and Where: April 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM in the Kiwanis Learning Garden.

Don't flush! Drug Take-Back Day Provides Safe Way to Dispose of Prescriptions

Expired and unused prescription drugs can be dropped off for disposal on April 28th as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA), Drug Take Back Day. Take Back Day will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. For a full list of Drug Take Back Day locations, visit To learn about other daily available drug take back receptacles in NM, visit:

New Mexico's Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD), a division of the Human Services Department, is partnering on this drug take back initiative, while ensuring drug disposal receptacles are available throughout New Mexico each day of the year. This part of a national effort to remove opioids and other medicines from homes so they will not be abused or stolen. It also prevents prescriptions from being flushed in toilets or thrown down drains, helping to protect groundwater and drinking water systems.

Private Well Water Fairs

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 common water concerns plus arsenic at no cost.

When and Where: Find out on the NM EPHT Well Water Test Fairs page.

Free Environmental Health Conference

The The 2018 Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference is May 2-3, 2018. Topics: asthma, air quality, heart disease, health equity and the environment. #NMEPHT #NMAsthma.

New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference

Asthma Educator Certification Prep Course

The Breathing Better Together Asthma Educator Institute prepares participants to become more familiar with recommended best practices from the National Asthma Education Prevention Program Guidelines and prepare for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board exam. Promoted in part by the New Mexico Council on Asthma. Learn more about registration and get details:

When and Where: May 3, 2018 at the Roadrunner Food Bank, 5840 Office Blvd, Albuquerque, NM.

2018 Asthma Institute

An institute to enable school and clinic nurses to provide care for children with asthma in the school and community setting. Register by May 7, 2018. Visit for details.

When and Where: June 5-7, 2018 at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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