Planning Tools & Data

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.

Download the Executive Summary (PDF: 801KB/9 pages).

The full report is available upon request by sending an email to health.climatechange@state.mn.us.


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 Tracking Network
    The CDC National Tracking Network provides national and state data on heat-stress hospitalizations and emergency department visits, heat mortality, extreme heat days and more.

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MDH Strategic Plan to Adapt to Climate Change

The Minnesota Department of Health Strategic Plan to Adapt to Climate Change (MDH SPACC) outlines goals and objectives for MDH to adapt and respond to climate change and its impacts on public health. The development of this plan was supported by a grant (Sub-award Agreement 16005/02-MNDOH-2133) from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In 2015, MDH will be updating its strategic plan.

MDH Strategic Plan to Adapt to Climate Change (PDF: 186KB/22 pages)


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Updated Monday, October 13, 2014 at 08:14AM