Meeting Archive:
Using Tracking Data to Inform Health Impact Assessment

Meeting Description:
This webinar will feature the stories of three Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in which data from the Environmental Public Health Tracking portals was used to inform the process. Additionally, speakers will discuss the HIA Tracking toolkit developed to enable environmental health practitioners to more fully use tracking data in their HIA work. Tune in to hear about the tracking toolkit and other resources that are available to support HIA work!
Date: Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Sandra Whitehead
 Presenter Information
Chris Duclos
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 Chris DuClos, MS, GISP, CPM is the Program Manager for Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT).  Chris is also a recognized expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Florida Department of Health.  Chris has worked in public health for over 20 years in chronic disease and environmental epidemiology programs. Chris has been involved with many different projects that have used GIS to support public health initiatives at the local, state, and federal level.  He is particularly interested in the way GIS can be used for the analysis, visualization, and reporting of public health data, in support of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs).  Chris has worked with epidemiologists, community health specialists, biostatisticians and urban planners on HIA projects in several Florida counties.  Chris has also worked with EPHT staff members to develop community profile reports that are available on the public portal at  


Margaret Round
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Margaret Round is Chief of Air Toxics in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Environmental Health’s (MDPH/BEH) Environmental Toxicology Program (ETP).  She has over 30 years of experience in working on the health impacts and related regulatory issues associated with exposure to air pollutants including air toxics.  She is currently working on a program to strengthen local health response to climate change by implementing CDCs Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE).  She is also working with other DPH programs and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to integrate the health impact assessment (HIA) framework into transportation planning decisions.  Ms. Round has a Bachelor of Science degree in Toxicology from Northeastern University (1984).

Jessie Schmool
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Jessie Shmool, MPH, DrPH is the Principal Investigator for Minnesota’s Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) program. Jessie has worked in multiple areas of environmental health research and surveillance, with particular focus on cumulative impacts, chronic health disparities and GIS and spatial statistics. Minnesota’s Tracking data portal provides information on more than 20 environment health indicators used by diverse stakeholders to understand trends, identify vulnerable populations and support community investigations, including Health Impact Assessment(HIA). EPHT staff work with partners across the Minnesota Department of Health, local public health departments, universities and local communities on health in all policies approaches to improve health and advance health equity.


Catherine Ratte
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Catherine Ratté works as a Principal Planner and Manager of the Land use / Environment section of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC). Ms. Ratté works on sustainability—currently leading efforts to engage citizens in a regional sustainability planning and doing process and on inter-disciplinary initiatives, especially the intersection of health, land use, and transportation planning. She is collaborating with the MA DPH to conduct a health impact assessment of municipal recommendations in the PVPC’s recently updated regional Climate Action/Clean Energy plan. Ms. Ratté has expertise in participatory planning, advancing equity and capacity building, hazard mitigation, homeland security, food security, smart growth, climate action, sustainability, energy efficiency, clean energy, adult education, training of trainers, the built environment, community development, strategic planning, and bicycle and pedestrian planning. She has been with the PVPC for 15 years.