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7                <summary>FAQS Page</summary>
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10        <TITLE>New Mexico's EPHT FAQs</TITLE>
11        <KEYWORDS>New Mexico EHPT News nmtracking</KEYWORDS>
12        <DESCRIPTION>New Mexico's EPHT Website's FAQS Page</DESCRIPTION>
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24                <ul>
25                        <li><a ibis:hash="a">What is Environmental Public Health Tracking?</a></li>
26                        <li><a ibis:hash="b">What is an indicator?</a></li>
27                        <li><a ibis:hash="c">What types of data and information are available on this web site?</a></li>
28                        <li><a ibis:hash="d">How are indicator data organized?</a></li>
29                        <li><a ibis:hash="e">Can I do a search to find out if you have the information I'm looking for?</a> </li>
30                        <li><a ibis:hash="f">Can I go directly to the data?</a></li>
31                        <li><a ibis:hash="j">What are custom cancer queries?</a></li>
32                        <li><a ibis:hash="k">Why are some data only presented on a county versus municipal level?</a></li>
33                        <li><a ibis:hash="l">What if I can't find the data I need?</a></li>
34                        <li><a ibis:hash="m">How do I request access to more data than are available through this web site?</a></li>
35                        <li><a ibis:hash="n">Is there a glossary of terms available?</a></li>
36                        <li><a ibis:hash="o">Are other states participating in the EPHT Network?</a></li>
37                        <li><a ibis:hash="p">How do I access data available in other states?</a></li>
38                        <li><a ibis:hash="q">How do I access data available on the National network?</a></li>
39                        <li><a ibis:hash="r">How do data on New Mexico's web site differ from CDC's National site?</a></li>
40                        <li><a ibis:hash="s">What is a local health department?</a></li>
41                </ul><br/>
43                <a name="a"/><h2>What is Environmental Public Health Tracking?</h2>
44                Environmental public health tracking (sometimes known as EPHT or Tracking) is the ongoing
45                collection, integration, analysis, and interpretation of data about environmental hazards,
46                exposure to environmental hazards, and adverse health outcomes potentially related to exposure
47                to environmental hazards. The goal of environmental public health tracking is to protect the
48                health of communities by providing information to citizens, and federal, state, and local
49                agencies for use in planning and evaluating public health and environmental actions.
50                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
51                <br/><br/> 
52                <a name="b"/><h2>What is an indicator?</h2>
53                An indicator is a fact or trend that indicates the level or condition of something. Well
54                known indicators include gross national product, unemployment rates, and presidential
55                approval ratings. In a public health context, indicators show trends like cancer rates, drinking water
56                contamination levels, and blood lead levels in children. When an indicator has several parts that combine to
57                indicate the status of the concept being measured, the individual items are called "measures."
58                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
59                <br/><br/> 
60                <a name="c"/><h2>What types of data and information are available on this web site?</h2>
61                The New Mexico EPHT Network has data available in two different formats: Indicator Reports and  query datasets.
62                Indicator Reports are designed to answer the question "How are we doing?" for a selected health outcome
63                or environmental exposure. Indicator Reports include both data and information in a report format to help
64                users understand the topic. Query datasets are available for users who want to work directly with a particular
65                dataset. Users define their custom query settings from a list of options and the website produces the data
66                according to the definitions the user selected.
67                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
68                <br/><br/> 
69                <a name="d"/><h2>How are indicator data organized?</h2>
70                Indicator data on the EPHT portal are organized into four categories: health outcomes, environmental quality,
71                climate change, and vital statistics. To access these topics, click on the "EPHT Topics" tab at the top of the page.
72                After choosing a category, choose a topic and click the "+" symbol to reveal more information.
73                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
74                <br/><br/> 
75                <a name="e"/><h2>Can I do a search to find out if you have the information I'm looking for? </h2>
76                To find out if the information you are looking for is in the EPHT Network, metadata records have been
77                created to describe what is available in each dataset. Metadata includes information about content,
78                years of coverage, resolution, limitation of use, and contact information. To access the metadata search
79                page, click on the <a href="dataportal/SecureDatasetIndex.html">EPHT Secure Dataset Metadata Index</a> 
80                page under the "Data Portal" tab. Type your search criteria into the search box and a list of metadata
81                records containing the term will be displayed. Click on any of the records to read more about the dataset.
82                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
83                <br/><br/> 
85                <a name="f"/><h2>Can I go directly to the data?</h2>
86                You can access Indicator Reports by going to the <a href="dataportal/IndicatorProfileIndex.html">
87                Indicator Report Index</a> under the "Data Portal" tab. Queryable dataset are located on the
88                <a href="dataportal/PublicDatasetIndex.html">Public Query Dataset Index</a> under the "Data Portal" tab.
89                Both Indicator Reports and Dataset Queries can be accessed through any category in the "EPHT Topics" tab.
90                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
91                <br/><br/> 
93                <a name="j"/><h2>What are custom queries?</h2>
94                Custom queries allow users to work directly with datasets. A query provides search parameters that the user must fill in according
95                to what data s/he wants. After the search parameters are entered, click Submit and the system will provide the requested data.
96                A list of the available public datasets is located on the <a href="dataportal/PublicDatasetIndex.html">Public Query Dataset
97                Index</a> under the "Data Portal" tab.
98                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
99                <br/><br/> 
101                <a name="k"/><h2>Why are some data only presented on a county versus municipal level?</h2>
102                Sometimes, when the number of cases of a health condition is small and the total number of people from
103                which the case(s) come is small, those particular data cannot be made public since it could
104                be possible to trace the data back to individuals. Since the risk for a breach of
105                confidentiality is higher when reporting small numbers, some health data are "suppressed"
106                or "restricted." Please visit the <a href="dataportal/SecureDatasetIntroduction.html">EPHT Secure Partner Datasets</a> page for more            information.
107                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
108                <br/><br/> 
110                <a name="l"/><h2>What if I can't find the data I need?</h2>
111                If you have an interest in particular data, please see the <a href="about/ContactInformation.html">Contact Us</a> 
112                page. We continue to add information, and keep records of requests which will help determine data and
113                indicator priorities for the future.
114                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
115                <br/><br/> 
117                <a name="m"/><h2>How do I request access to more data than are available through this web site?</h2>
118                Requests for secure (non-public) data sets can be made to the New Mexico EPHT Network at the New Mexico
119                Department of Health. These requests will be forwarded to the appropriate data steward who
120                is responsible for the original data and its distribution. The data steward has the ultimate
121                authority over the data and will make a determination if the person or organization requesting
122                additional data meets statutory or departmental criteria for obtaining non-public data.
123                <br/><br/>
124                Please visit the <a href="dataportal/SecureDatasetIntroduction.html">EPHT Secure Partner Datasets</a> 
125                page for more information and instructions on how to apply for access.
126                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
127                <br/><br/> 
129                <a name="n"/><h2>Is there a glossary of terms available?</h2>
130                Yes, a glossary of terms used in describing data, indicators, calculations, government agencies,
131                chemicals, environmental factors, and more is available. To access the glossary, click
132                <a href="">here</a>.
133                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
134                <br/><br/> 
136                <a name="o"/><h2>Are other states participating in the EPHT Network?</h2>
137                In addition to New Mexico, more than 20 states participate in the CDC-funded Tracking
138                network. For a map of project grantees, see the
139                <a href="">State Tracking Network</a> page.
140                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
141                <br/><br/> 
143                <a name="p"/><h2>How do I access data available in other states?</h2>
144                You can access EPHT-related data from other states from their individual websites
145                (<a href="">State Tracking Networks</a>)
146                or the National Portal as well(<a href="">National EPHT Tracking Network</a>).
147                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
148                <br/><br/> 
150                <a name="q"/><h2>How do I access data available on the National network?</h2>
151                National tracking data can be accessed on the CDC's
152                <a href="">National EPHT Tracking Network</a> website. Click on "Explore
153                Tracking Data" to submit a custom query or choose a topic: environments, health effects, population health, or
154                info by location.
155                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
156                <br/><br/> 
158                <a name="r"/><h2>How do data on New Mexico's web site differ from CDC's National site?</h2>
159                Both the New Mexico Tracking portal and the National portal allow you to access and visualize
160                data sets.
161                The National portal presents datasets that have been processed according to
162                standardized guidelines which allow for national comparisons (such as state-to-state comparisons).
163                On the other hand, the New Mexico portal contains datasets that were contributed
164                to the National portal. However, the New Mexico portal provides additional datasets and information that is specific to
165                New Mexico's environmental and public health needs.
166                <a ibis:hash="top" class="ReturnToTop">Return to top of page</a>
167                <br/><br/> 
169                <a name="s"/><h2>What is the New Mexico Department of Health? </h2>
170                New Mexico has a centralized health department system, operated under the State of New Mexico.
171                The Department of Health has several divisions inclusive of the
172                <a href="">Epidemiology and Response Division,</a> under which the
173                NM EPHT program operates, the Public Health Division, which manages public health offices throughout
174                the state, the Scientific Laboratory, and the Administrative Services Division.
175                Learn more about the State Department of Health at
176                <a href=""></a>.
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