Purpose and Objectives

The INPHET provides an organizational framework to support and advance the development, implementation and evaluation of local, national, and international environmental public health tracking/surveillance initiatives.

The INPHET aims to:

  • Increase the quality, availability, comparability, integration, and use of environmental monitoring and exposure and health surveillance data;
  • Enhance national tracking capacity by providing a mechanism for members to share experiences, seek input on challenges, and provide opportunities for mentorship;
  • Increase cross-national collaboration on common issues;
  • Advance systematic analyses of environmental health data. Analyses that reflect the appropriate use of surveillance data include the following:
    • Monitoring trends and burden of environmentally-related diseases
    • Monitoring environmental precursors of disease and health
    • Integrating, analyzing and interpreting geospatial and temporal trends and relationships between environmental hazards, exposure and health data.
    • Identifying populations at risk from environmental hazards
    • Implementing and evaluating intervention and prevention strategies
    • Informing public health decision-makers.

Examples of international EPHT network activities

  • Co-ordination of international research projects on EPHT, for example
    • pilot initiatives
    • databases and their use
    • housing-related health hazards
    • environmental drivers of infectious diseases (E3 Geoportal)
  • Exchange of experiences/expertise, staff, trainees
  • Development and exchange of guidelines
  • Benchmarking
  • Training and education

Strategic partnerships

  • Health departments
  • Ministries of health
  • International and national public health organizations (e.g., public health practitioners, civil servants)
  • Non-governmental organizations, environmental agencies, and related organizations
  • Data stewards
  • Academic Institutions (e.g., researchers, scientists, educators)

Governance and Organizational Structure

The function of an established governance and organizational structure for the INPHET is to ensure alignment of INPHET activities with the stated aims of the organization.

INPHET Steering Committee

The INPHET Steering Committee is composed of the Chair, Deputy co-Chair, Immediate Past Chairs, and Secretariat.

INPHET Scientific Committee

The INPHET Scientific Committee provides guidance and defines strategic direction and priorities for scientific and/or technical activities being conducted within the INPHET organizational framework.

INPHET Task-specific Workgroup Leaders

The INPHET Task-specific Workgroup leaders further the development of projects/activities agreed upon by the Scientific Committee. The Task leader is often the person who brings the topic/concept/issue before the Scientific Committee for consideration. This is a voluntary position. For a task-specific workgroup to be formed, a Task workgroup leader must be identified.