Divisions, sections and programs at MDH

Divisions

Offices, sections and programs

Acute Disease Investigation and Control
Monitors the occurrence of infectious disease, and takes action to prevent or control potential outbreaks and educates the public and health care providers about these diseases.
See also > Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division

Asbestos, Indoor Air, Lead and Radiation
Works to prevent or reduce exposures to health hazards in the environment, such as asbestos, lead, radon, environmental tobacco smoke, radiation, and indoor air contaminants.

  • Asbestos
  • Indoor Air
    Enforces the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act and rules and enclosed arena rules. Responds to inquiries and complaints regarding indoor air quality.
  • Lead
  • Radiation Control
    Establishes standards for the use of radiation producing equipment and inspects new installations of radiation producing equipment. Inspects one quarter of 4400 facilities having radiation producing equipment annually. Inspects 227 mammography facilities annually. Conducts environmental sampling to monitor the areas around Minnesota's nuclear power plants.

See also > Environmental Health Division

Arthritis
The Minnesota Arthritis Program is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by arthritis.
See also > Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division

Cancer Control
Works to reduce death and illness in Minnesota from cancers for which early detection saves lives.
See also > Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division

Case Mix Review
Conducts annual inspections to assess the quality of care in long-term care facilities that take part in the Medicaid program. Assesses the level of care required for each resident, helping to determine the amount a facility is paid to provide care.

Center for Health Informatics (Minnesota e-Health Initiative)
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative is a public-private collaborative effort to improve healthcare quality, increase patient safety, reduce healthcare costs and enable individuals and communities to make the best possible health decisions by accelerating the adoption and use of health information technology.

Center for Health Promotion
Through community-based health promotion programs and educational activities, encourages all Minnesotans to prevent chronic diseases and injuries by making healthier lifestyle choices.
See also > Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division

Center for Health Statistics
Maintains records on births, deaths, marriage and divorce. Develops and disseminates data on the health status and other characteristics of Minnesota's citizens, based on these records and other sources of information.

Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology
Monitors the occurrence of cancer and other chronic diseases, and responds to reports of chronic disease "outbreaks." Operates a statewide system of surveillance for all newly diagnosed cancer cases in the state.
See also > Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division

Commissioner's Office
The Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner is the administrative and executive head of the department.

Data Resources and Management (formerly Data Analysis Program)
Collects data and conducts research to monitor and track the accessibility, utilization, quality and cost of health care services in Minnesota. Oversees the implementation of the Administrative Simplification Act.

Drinking Water Protection
Ensures that public water supplies provide a safe and adequate supply of drinking water to residents and visitors.

  • Administers and enforces provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Monitors drinking water quality and performs on-site inspections of water system facilities and operations, and informs public of potential problems.
  • Establishes construction standards and review and approve plans for construction of drinking water facilities.
  • Trains and certifies operators of water treatment plants and distribution facilities.
  • Works with public water suppliers to develop and implement water/wellhead protection plans that safeguard their water sources from contamination.
  • Source Water Protection: Works with public water suppliers to develop and implement water/wellhead protection plans that safeguard their water sources from contamination.
  • Water Operator Certification Office: Provides information regarding the certification program for public water supply system operators.

See also > Environmental Health Division

Engineering Services
Reviews and approves plans for construction of health care facilities or changes in the physical plant of existing facilities.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Environmental Laboratory
Tests environmental samples for a broad range of potential contaminants, primarily in support of programs at the Minnesota Department of Health and other government agencies.
See also > Public Health Laboratory Division

Environmental Surveillance and Assessment
Evaluates health risks from exposures to toxic environmental hazards and communicates these risks to the public and decision-makers. Includes the following programs:

  • Health Risk Assessment: Evaluates health risks from exposures to toxic environmental hazards and communicates health risk information to the public.
  • Site Assessment and Consultation: Evaluates and communicates health risks from exposures to contaminants from hazardous waste sites, landfills, industrial facilities, and other sites containing hazardous materials. Conducts surveillance of hazardous substance emergency events and investigations of exposures to uncontrolled contaminant releases.
  • Environmental Impact Analysis Unit: Tracks environmentally related diseases and hazardous exposures, especially lead, and educates the public regarding environmental health threats and the benefits of avoiding potentially harmful exposure.
  • Meth Lab Program: Works to share resources, raise awareness, protect endangered children, provide training and equipment for first responders and other at-risk staff, and to help Minnesota communities work together to create a strong local response to this problem through education, training, and civil action.

See also > Environmental Health Division

Family Home Visiting Program
The Family Home Visiting Program promotes health and self-sufficiency for some of Minnesota's most vulnerable families. The Program works by offering eligible families the opportunity to receive home visits by a public health nurse and trained home visitors. The Family Home Visiting Program can offer families a wide range of services, information and resources to help them provide a healthy start for their children and to become self-sufficient. The funding for the program approved by the 2000 Legislature will be allocated to county boards throughout the state.
See also > Maternal and Child Health Section

Food, Pools, and Lodging Services
Protects the public health and safety of the residents and visitors of Minnesota by:

  • Establishing standards for and inspecting restaurants, boarding and lodging establishments, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast establishments, resorts, campgrounds, youth camps, and manufactured home parks licensed or permitted by the department.
  • Establishing standards for and inspecting swimming pools located in state licensed facilities.
  • Establishing standards for plumbers, water conditioning contractors, and swimming pool construction.
  • Reviewing plumbing, food and beverage, mobile home park, campground, lodging, swimming pool, and onsite sewage treatment plans.
  • Administering the food manager certification and sanitarian/environmental health specialist registration programs.

See also > Environmental Health Division

Food Safety Center
The MDH Food Safety Center consists of program activities in four MDH divisions: Public Health Laboratories, Environmental Health, Family Health, and Disease Prevention and Control. The coordinator of the Food Safety Center will develop and maintain a working relationship with MDH staff, other state agencies, and with industry leaders in the areas of food production, transportation, distribution, and sales to establish a comprehensive food safety program for the state of Minnesota.

Legislative Relations
Coordinates state legislative activities and monitors federal legislative activities for the department. Leads the department in the process of planning, organizing and prioritizing proposals for each legislative session. Leads the process of developing department legislative strategy.

Health Alert Network (HAN)
Enables public health staff, health care providers, emergency workers, and others working to protect the public to exchange information during a disease outbreak or disaster.
See also > Office of Emergency Preparedness

Health Economics Program
Monitors Minnesota health care revenues, expenditures and trends. Researches and develops recommendations for state policies affecting the health care market. Also conducts special studies to evaluate health care reform initiatives.

Health Information Clearinghouse
This is a resource for health-related information and publications. Clearinghouse staff can answer questions and make referrals when necessary to sources who can provide further information or assistance.

Health Occupations Program
Works to safeguard the quality of care provided by allied health care practitioners, and investigates complaints about those practitioners.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Immunization, Tuberculosis and International Health (ITIH)
Works to ensure that children and adults are properly immunized against vaccine-preventable disease, monitors the occurrence of vaccine-preventable disease and tuberculosis, takes action to prevent or control potential outbreaks, and works to safeguard the health of Minnesota's refugee and immigrant communities.

See also > Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division

Infectious Disease Laboratory
Performs tests for communicable diseases, hereditary diseases in newborns, and rabies, in support of disease outbreak investigations and other public health activities. Does confirmatory testing, using state-of-the-art techniques not available in most labs.
See also > Public Health Laboratory Division

Injury and Violence Prevention Unit
Works to reduce the risk of injury and violence for all Minnesotans. Provides data, resources and consultation to assist in the development of community intervention and prevention programs.
See also > Center for Health Promotion

Licensing and Certification
Licenses and inspects hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers. Also certifies health care facilities and other providers who take part in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Managed Care Systems
Works to ensure that Minnesotans who receive their health coverage through managed care plans have access to high-quality health care services and that the managed care plans market their services appropriately and are financially stable.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Maternal and Child Health
Promotes better health for children, youth, women, and their families by providing technical assistance and administrative support to local public health agencies, health care providers, and health planners.
See also > Community and Family Health Division

Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Promotes the development of coordinated systems of care for children with special health needs -- systems that are family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent.
See also > Community and Family Health Division

Mortuary Science
Licenses funeral homes, morticians and funeral directors. Helps set minimum educational and practice standards for funeral service practitioners, and oversees the license examination process for funeral service occupations.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Nursing Assistant Registry
Registers qualified nursing assistants to work in long-term care facilities; maintains information about nursing assistants who have substantiated findings of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of property; and approves and monitors nursing assistant training and competency evaluation programs.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Office of Emergency Preparedness
Plans and implements MDH activities regarding bioterrorism and other public health threats and emergencies.

Office of Health Facility Complaints
Accepts and investigates complaints about health care facilities in Minnesota, including reports of neglect or abuse involving "vulnerable adults" who live in those facilities.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) exists to focus attention on the disparities in health status among Minnesota's populations of color and American Indians.

Office of Performance Improvement
Promotes and supports the partnership between state and local governments. Administers the Local Public Health Act and bioterrorism grants/reporting. Provides consultation, technical assistance, and training to increase the capacity of state and local public health staff and local elected officials. Coordinates and supports major state and local public health planning efforts, and conducts policy development on issues that affect the public's health. Promotes innovations in public health practice, and participates in, supports, or leads (as appropriate) activities to develop Minnesota's public health workforce.

Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Initiates, coordinates and promotes efforts to safeguard the quality of health care and ensure access to care in rural and under-served urban areas of Minnesota.
See also > Compliance Monitoring Division

Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives
Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII) supports all Minnesotans in leading healthier lives, raising healthier families and building healthier communities by preventing disease well before it starts. The office works to reduce the rates of the top four underlying causes of preventable illness and early death by increasing the percentage of Minnesotans who eat more healthy foods, increasing the percentage of Minnesotans who are more physically active, reducing the percentage of Minnesotans who use commercial tobacco products or are exposed to secondhand smoke, and reducing the percentage of Minnesotans who misuse or are harmed by alcohol and other drugs. The office succeeds by leveraging local and state partnerships, offering the best science and evidence-based strategies, and providing meaningful evaluation to facilitate sustainable change and make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Human Resource Management
Services include personnel administration, working in partnership with managers and supervisors at all levels of MDH in furthering sound management practices and ensuring that the standards of civil service law, collective bargaining agreements and department policies and procedures are maintained.

Refugee Health
The goal of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Refugee Health Program (RHP) is to control communicable disease among, and resulting from, the arrival of new refugees. To this end, the program oversees the administration of the domestic refugee health assessment and follow-up process. The objectives of this process are to identify and treat any health problems which may interfere with the refugee's resettlement (including their ability to obtain employment or attend classes), to protect the health of the U.S. public, and to provide linkages to the health care system in Minnesota.
See also > Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division

Sage Screening Program
A program to provide quality breast and cervical cancer screening free of charge to low and moderate income Minnesota women age 40 and over who are uninsured or underinsured.
See also > Cancer Control Program

STD and HIV
Works to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
See also > Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division

Supplemental Nutrition Programs
Provides prescribed supplemental foods, nutrition education, and health services to low-income, high-risk women, infants, and young children. Provides commodity foods and nutrition education to low-income mothers, children, and elderly persons.
See also > Community and Family Health Division

Tobacco Prevention and Control
Reduces the negative effects of tobacco by promoting the elimination of environmental tobacco smoke, reducing tobacco advertising and promotion, reducing young people's access to tobacco, and promoting economic policies that discourage tobacco use.
See also > Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division

Violence and Injury Prevention Unit
See > Injury and Violence Prevention Unit

Well Management
Works to protect the health of Minnesotans who drink well water and protect the groundwater resources of Minnesota through proper construction of new wells and borings, and through the timely and proper sealing of old wells and borings.
See also > Environmental Health Division

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Updated Thursday, 20-Mar-2014 13:44:44 CDT