Minnesota Priority Topic Investments

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Minnesota Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of Minnesota.

There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.

In 2020 in Minnesota there were:


overdose deaths


overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance


FY21 Minnesota Total Overdose Prevention Funding



FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action (OD2A)

  • Minnesota State Award: $3,970,647

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*


*average award amount

Examples of How Minnesota Is Working to Prevent Overdose

overdose strategies
public safety
Hot spot detection

Minnesota partnered with law enforcement and emergency medical services to widely expand use of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP). Increasing understanding of overdose hot spots in real time, ODMAP is currently used by over 100 agencies and in 76 counties in Minnesota. ODMAP also helps inform public communication and public health response during overdose spikes.

capacity building
Community-driven action

Minnesota implemented interventions in four high-burden communities, assisting local health departments with implementation of overdose fatality review committees and using findings to prioritize and plan prevention strategies. These interventions address Minnesota’s high overdose rate and health disparities among American Indians and African Americans.

CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies

CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.

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Minnesota ACEs Investment Snapshot

Preventing, identifying, and responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) ACEs investments for the state of Minnesota.

ACEs are preventable, potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as neglect, experiencing or witnessing violence, or having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Across 25 states surveyed in 2019, 61% of adults had at least one ACE and 16% had 4 or more types of ACEs. Preventing ACEs could reduce a large number of health conditions, including up to 21 million cases of depression, 1.9 million cases of heart disease, and 2.5 million cases of overweight/obesity.

Between 2018-2019 in Minnesota:


of the population reported experiencing one or more ACEs*

*ACEs statistics are reported by parents and include all reports of ACEs except for child abuse and physical neglect (Source: National Survey on Children’s Health).

ACEs Funding At A Glance
ACEs Funding At A Glance


Total ACEs Funding Appropriated within Minnesota for FY21 Activities



FY21 Awards

Preventing ACEs: Data to Action (PACE:D2A)

  • Minnesota Department of Health: $400,000
Other Support for ACEs in Minnesota

Beyond the ACEs appropriation, CDC supports several initiatives, research, and partnerships to build state and tribal surveillance infrastructure and enhance ACEs prevention and mitigation.

In Minnesota, some of those other initiatives include:

Examples of How Minnesota Is Working to Prevent ACEs

Surveillance activities

The Minnesota Department of Health is adding questions about experiencing ACEs to the Minnesota YRBS to provide representative state-wide estimates of ACEs for Minnesota public high school students. They are also utilizing data from the Minnesota Student Health Survey to look at ACEs indicators, and risk and protective factors among youth in communities statewide.

Prevention strategies and approaches

The Minnesota Department of Health is promoting Social Norms that protect against violence and adversity through a public education campaign on ACEs and specifically targeted messaging for indigenous communities. They are also ensuring a strong start for children by creating ACEs education modules focused on a two-generation approach for early home visitation providers.

CDC ACEs Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

ACEs and their associated harms are preventable. Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full health and life potential. CDC has produced a suite of technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence, including the many types of violence and social, economic, and other exposures in the home and community that adversely affect children.

From this suite of technical packages, CDC developed Preventing ACEs: Leveraging the Best Available Evidence, which outlines six strategies that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as mitigate the harms of ACEs.

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