Minnesota Tracking Program

Website: http://www.health.state.mn.us/tracking/External
Email: health.dataportal@state.mn.us
Twitter: @mnhealth

Goals/Mission:

The Minnesota (MN) Tracking Program collects and analyzes data about environmental hazards, people’s exposures to them, and the health of the population living in Minnesota. MN Tracking makes these data accessible to the public through their local tracking networkExternal. Their work helps inform, evaluate and guide policy decisions; support new funding for local actions; and track the progress of community and state programs working to improve public health.

Quick Stats:

  • Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Geographically, it is the 12th largest state at 86,935 square miles; 8.5% of this is water.
  • Drinking water quality is a high priority. Tracking environmental contaminants in public water systems and private wells are key concerns, especially for heavy metals like arsenic, agricultural chemicals, and chemical of emerging concern, like perfluorochemicals.
  • The MN Tracking and Biomonitoring programs were established in 2007 by Minnesota Legislature statutes, and were among the first states to create these programs. Tracking and Biomonitoring programs work together to identify environmental health disparities and provide actionable risk information to communities and decision-makers.
  • In 2009, Minnesota received funding from CDC to join the National Tracking Program.
Pigeon River Falls in Minnesota

Unique Data:

In addition to the set of standard data collected and displayed by all state and local tracking programs, individual programs may host data that are important to their populations. Minnesota Tracking hosts data important to their populations including the following:

Minnesota Department of Public Health flowchart for Health Impact Assessment

Local Resources:

Accomplishments:

In 2013, Minnesota Tracking received a Governor’s Award for Continuous ImprovementExternal in recognition of their outstanding achievement in increasing efficiency, quality and value of state services. MN Tracking estimated that it saves $3.6 million in staff time each year by handling requests for data in a timely and cost-effective way.

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Page last reviewed: December 7, 2018