Tracking & Biomonitoring Accomplishments
Since 2007, when the program began, MDH has used these new tools, tracking and biomonitoring, successfully to…
- Discover that 10% of the Minnesota newborns tested in the Lake Superior Basin had elevated mercury levels, identifying a need for more investigation.
- Demonstrate that actions taken to remove perfluorochemicals (PFCs) from drinking water in East Metro communities were working to reduce PFCs in people.
- Measure arsenic levels of Minneapolis children in response to community concern; counseled parents about ways to avoid arsenic exposure.
- Find racial and income disparities in bisphenol A (BPA) and paraben exposures among pregnant women; these chemicals are used in plastics and personal care products.
- Advance the Public Health Laboratory’s capacity to measure organic chemicals and toxic metals in human blood and urine.
- Leverage federal funds to develop a web-based data portal so citizens, policymakers, and communities can access public health data that they can explore and map for their own use.
- Respond to community needs for information on cancer, asthma, and other chronic diseases.
- Link data between air quality and respiratory disease in the Twin Cities and Rochester in order to track the impacts of pollution reduction strategies.