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Environment Public Health Tracking Week: Beyond Data


July 2017--Beyond Data, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the second annual National Environmental Public Health Tracking Week. During July 10-14, 2017, CDC, state and city health departments, and national organizations, including New Mexico Department of Health's NM EPHT, are working together to increase awareness about environmental health issues that are important to public health and to recognize the work of the Tracking Program.

The Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) was built on the idea that health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. This resulted in the key Internet resource connecting environmental and health information. It can give New Mexico's public and community health programs and community-based organizations the power to help save lives and better protect the people we serve.

Department of Health Urges Residents to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat


Santa Fe, NM The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Department is also reminding New Mexicans to never leave their children or pets inside an unattended vehicle. Temperatures over the next several days are expected be the warmest days of the year so far in several parts of New Mexico.? More information on heat-related illness can be found on the New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking page at https://nmtracking.org/health/heatstress/Heat.html.

Department of Health News Release, June 17, 2017.

Wildfire Update: Cajete Fire Starts

Jemez Ranger District- June 15, 2017, as of 1:00 p.m. The Santa Fe National Forest has issues a news release alerting that fire is ignited Santa Fe National Forest along NM Highway 4 close to the boundary between the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. NM State Police have closed NM Highway 4 at the intersection of NM Highway 501 on the west side and at mile marker 33 on the east side. Evacuations of several small communities have begun, including Ruby Hole, Los Griegos and Sierra de Los Pinos. Additional evacuations may be necessary, depending on the fire's behavior. Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nminfo.com and https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/

For guidance on visibility distances, and for more information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit the Fire and Smoke Environmental Public Health Tracking page.

Santa Fe National Forests News Release, June 15, 2017.

Environment and Health Departments Issue Smoke Advisory for Potential Impacts to Northern New Mexico


Updated Smoke Forecasts for Potential Impacts to Areas of Northern New Mexico- June 17, 2017.
Wildfire Smoke May Present Health Hazards for Residents Near El Cajete and Bonita Fires
SANTA FE, NM - The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are updating the following smoke advisories and urging residents to take precautions to protect their health from the hazards of wildfire smoke.

New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico Environment Department press release, June 17, 2017.

SANTA FE, NM - April 14, 2017. The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health issued a smoke advisory for Vallecitos Canyon and surrounding Northern New Mexico communities due to smoke from the Bonita Fire. The lightning-caused Bonita Fire in Carson National Forest is being managed by the US Forest. How smoky is it? For guidance on visibility distances, and for more information on air quality and protecting your health, please visit the Fire and Smoke Environmental Public Health Tracking page, which includes maps with examples.

New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health Press Release, June 14, 2017.
The NM EPHT Web site is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5 U38EH000949 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Wed, 26 July 2017 22:39:19 from New Mexico EPHT Tracking Public Web site: https://nmtracking.org/ ".

Content updated: Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:54:55 MDT