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Where We Live, Work and Play—Radon Partnership in Utah

Adapted from the presentation at the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and with permission of the presenter, Nikki Campbell, Environmental Public Health Tracking, Utah Department of Health

In cooperation with and funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) had built the data networks and local tracking program needed to provide radon data to the public.

The available radon data portals are a publicly-accessible repository of radon data:
• Utah: http://epht.health.utah.gov
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/

Utahns are becoming increasingly concerned about radon in their homes and children’s schools. The Utah Radon Program at the Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) was becoming inundated with requests for data, information, and resources. Therefore, a partnership approach was needed between the UDOH and the UDEQ.

Through Data Sharing Agreement, the UDOH started hosting radon test kit data on its portal and referring people between websites (UDOH/UDEQ). The departments stared to host/attend outreach events together and have bi-annual meetings and open line of communication.

Teamwork included working together to get radon added to Utah Realtor Association Due Diligence Form thus providing a method to reach 100% of homebuyers in the state of Utah (more than 22,000/year).

Statistics from the portal indicate success as measured by the fact that the most searched terms on the website are:
1. “Utah Radon”
2. “Free Utah Radon Test Kit”
3. “Radon Testing”

The most utilized data queries are about radon. Radon data use has skyrocketed, some months in the tens of thousands.

For more information, contact:
Nikki Campbell
ncampbell@utah.gov
http://epht.health.utah.gov