Planning Tools & Data
The MDH Strategic Plan to Adapt to Climate Change (MDH SPACC) outlines goals and objectives for the Minnesota Department of Health (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).
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 Environmental Public Health Tracking
The Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking (MN EPHT) Program gathers and analyzes 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
CDC tracks the effects of a heat wave by collecting and reviewing the number of health conditions reported from local hospitals and the number of deaths reported from state health departments.
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