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Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking
A decade of data informing public health action
First established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007, MDH’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Biomonitoring Program brings together public health data from statewide monitoring of environmental hazards, human exposures, social conditions and population health to understand how best to protect the health of Minnesota communities.
MN Tracking gathers existing data on environmental hazards and their related health problems, and analyzes them for geographic patterns, trends over time and associations. These data are available to the public online on the Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal, providing free and open access to the data. Since 2009, a federal grant has supported MN Tracking as part of the National Tracking Network at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
MN Biomonitoring measures chemicals in people or exposure — the level of a chemical hazard in blood or urine. This information helps to measure and track changes in chemical exposures over time, identify disparities in exposure, and inform and evaluate programs and policies to reduce exposures. An example of this work is a series of perfluorochemical (or PFC) biomonitoring studies in the East Metro that evaluated public health actions to reduce PFCs in drinking water. Currently, the MN FEET study is measuring exposure to harmful metals in pregnant women and newborns.
Now in its 10th year, both programs, guided by an external science Advisory Panel, continues to build Minnesota’s capacity for monitoring current environmental public health trends, disparities and geographic patterns in communities for informing public health action.
We will celebrate this milestone with program partners at two events:
- October 10, 2017: The EHTB Advisory Panel will hold its regular public meeting at the Minnesota Humanities Center from 1 to 4:30 p.m.. A reception to thank panel members and partner organizations for their service to the state will start at 3:45 p.m.
- October 31, 2017: State agency partners are invited to attend a Noon panel presentation as we consider the past, present and future of biomonitoring and tracking in our state. This event will be held in the Department of Health Freeman building, 625 Robert St. N. St. Paul, room B-144.