The EUROHEIS2 has been generously funded by the European Commision .
The project is aimed
at improving analysis, reporting and dissemination of environmental health information,
in particular in relation to health hazards potentially associated with local
or regional environmental pollutants, using small-area spatial epidemiology and
statistical analyses and geographical information systems (GIS) techniques. EUROHEIS2
is ideally suited to assist in the implementation of the European Environment
and Health Action Plan and will be able to create synergies with the Environment
and Health Working Party of the Public Health Programme and the European Environment
The EUROHEIS2 project uses innovative IT tools for health threat analysis (the
Rapid Inquiry Facility (RIF)), which incorporates advanced GIS techniques and
spatio-temporal analysis of routinely collected health and environment data.
The RIF is able to produce long-term risk assessment in relation to specified
environmental pollutants within a short period of time.
The project will further develop the health and environment information system
(the RIF) initiated in the previously funded EUROHEIS project and further developed
within the US CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. The system will
be made available to additional EU countries. The project will focus on tools
and mechanisms for rapid assessment of environmental health risks and on geographical
disease patterns related to the environment and socio-economic factors, taking
into account the diversity of EU member states, thus contributing to the aims
of the EU Environmental Health Action Plans. A network of environmental health
experts will be created to exchange experiences. Network members will meet bi-annually
to discuss development of methods, which will be implemented in the RIF by the
UK partner. A web-based support tool (web-forum) will be set up to facilitate
implementation. The results will be widely disseminated, including an end-of-project
Details of the project, its specific objectives and expected outcomes can
be found in the project
protocol (click on this to get Annex 1).
Information on the previous EUROHEIS project, 1999-2003
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