Planning Tools & Data
Minnesota Climate and Health Profile
The Minnesota Climate and Health Profile 2015: An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Health & Well-Being of Minnesotans summarizes the historic climate trends, future projections, and likely impacts of climate changes on the health of Minnesotans. The report explains the pathways between identified Minnesota climate hazards (i.e., air pollution, extreme heat, flood, drought and ecosystem threats, including vector-borne diseases and harmful algal blooms) and their corresponding health impacts.
Go to the Climate Change Overview page for more information and to download the full report.
Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
In an effort to better understand how climate change will impact the health of Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed the Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment that assessed the historic occurrence of the following “climate hazards” for the state of Minnesota: extreme heat events, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, flooding, and drought. MDH also mapped vulnerable populations to each of the climate hazards by county. The assessment found that the climate hazards have affected every county to varying degrees and that all counties contain vulnerable populations, which may change and grow overtime.
This report advances our understanding of several of these climate hazards and the populations that are most vulnerable to the hazards. With this information, state and local government, companies, institutions and community organizations can begin important discussions about the risks of climate change to their communities, how best to prepare for them, and how to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable, to ensure a healthy and prosperous state.NEW Download the Overview (PDF).
Download the Executive Summary (PDF).
Download the complete Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (PDF).
Public Health Data & Resources for Planning
Public health data can include information on incidences of disease, locations of hazards or exposures, and location of populations at-risk, based on functional disabilities or social determinants of health. The following data sources were developed for local public health professionals who are planning for the public health impacts of climate change.
- MDH Data Access Portal
The Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking Program gathers and makes accessible data about environmental health hazards, people's exposure to hazards, and health effects. Data include heat-related illnesses and deaths, air quality, asthma and other respiratory hospitalizations, drinking water quality, and heart attacks.
- MDH Center for Health Statistics
The Center for Health Statistics provides useful data resources, such as the Minnesota State, County and CHB Vital Statistics Trends Report 1991-2010 and the Minnesota County-Level Indicators for County Health Assessment.
- MDH Maps and Data for Populations at Risk to Extreme Heat Events
MDH has developed a set of statewide maps of populations vulnerable to extreme heat events by county subdivision (e.g., city, township, or unincorporated territory). These maps and associated Excel data file are intended to provide context for communities and inform planning by local public health and/or other local governmental departments.
- CDC Climate Change – Data and Tools
The CDC Climate and Health program features data and tools that illustrate the impacts of climate change on health. This includes data from the National Tracking Network, which provides national and state data on heat-stress hospitalizations and emergency department visits, heat mortality, extreme heat days and more.
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Minnesota Climate and Health Strategic Plan
The Minnesota Climate and Health Strategic Plan outlines goals, objectives, and activities for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to adapt and respond to climate change and its impacts on public health. The plan consists of seven overarching goals and 24 objectives with corresponding activities. The development of this plan was supported by a grant (5H13EH001125-03) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Minnesota Climate and Health Strategic Plan is a living document and will be modified and updated regularly as directed by the MDH Climate Change Advisory Committee, changing resources and environmental concerns, and the latest scientific research.
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