Environmental Health
Knowledge Management Project (EHKMP) 2005 - 2010

Background

In early October 2005, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Environmental Health Division (EHD) hosted a gathering that provided environmental health partners from across the state with the opportunity to view a demonstration of new web based data system and to talk about the data elements that are common to various environmental health practices.

The outcome of the meeting was support for the MDH EHD to take the lead in bringing together a group of stakeholders to look at how the collection and sharing of environmental health information on a statewide basis might be improved so as to enhance the environmental health services that Minnesotans receive. Thus, the Environmental Health Knowledge Management Project (EHKMP) began.

The EHKMP is an initiative to improve the collection and sharing of environmental health information on a statewide (border-to-border) basis; it is a broad-based project that includes all environmental health programs and activities.

Other data collection / sharing initiatives you may have heard about:

Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN)

MN-PHIN served as a local–state initiative aimed at significantly advancing how we use information and information systems to improve public health practice and achieve healthier communities in Minnesotans through the strategic application and management of health information.

The importance of the EHKMP to both local agencies and MDH was recognized by MN-PHIN’s local-state Steering Committee; in recognition of this, the EHKMP became part of the MN-PHIN Sponsored Projects.

For more information see Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN) 2005-2008.

Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking System (MN EPHT)

The Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking System (MN EPHT) is an environmental public health tracking program designed for Minnesota and to be compatible with the Center for Disease Control's National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program. The MN EHPT is intended to use data already being collected in the state about environmental hazards, population exposure, and health outcomes. These data will be analyzed and shared on an ongoing basis. The system observes trends in environmental conditions, population exposure and rates of disease.

For more information see Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking.

How Do the EHKMP and the MN EPHT program differ?

The 2 programs are quite different, with different goals, and they look at distinctly different data sources

  • The EHKMP is an initiative to improve the environmental health services that Minnesotans receive through strategic application and management of environmental health information on a statewide basis, whereas the MN EHPT program focuses on the ongoing, collection, integration, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data about environmental hazards, human exposure to environmental hazards, and human health effects potentially related to exposure to environmental hazards.
  • The MN EPHT requires access to data sources that are located outside of traditional environmental health programs. In Minnesota, data sources would be found at the MPCA, MDA, DHS, poison control, vital statistics and in the MDH Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division (to name a few).

Local Public Health Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System (LPH PPMRS)

The Local Public Health Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System (LPH PPMRS) is designed to improve data collection from local public health departments to the MDH. The LPH PPMRS describes the performance of specified activities of local public health departments and the outcomes of those activities. Through the implementation of the LPH PPMRS, the MDH has been able to gather consistent, quality information for ongoing evaluation, decision-making, and technical assistance to improve local public health departments’ capacity to perform public health activities and to ultimately improve the health of the public.

Data collected via the LPH PPMRS describes key aspects of Minnesota’s local public health system (e.g., activities, outcomes, funding, staffing, etc.) as determined by the state and local public health departments.

For more information, see PPMRS - Local Public Health Planning and Performance Measurement System.

How Do the EHKMP and the LPH PPMRS differ?

  • The LPH PPMRS is limited to the collection of data pertaining to certain key aspects of Minnesota’s local public health system, the LPH PPMRS does not incorporate all environmental health services being provided by state and local agencies.
  • Environmental health activities are addressed by a variety of different agencies within the state, making environmental health activities difficult to collect. Given this fact, many of the entities addressing environmental health issues at the local level are not actually using the LPH PPMRS.

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Updated Monday, April 22, 2013 at 08:40AM