Making Data Accessible to the Public
The Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (MN Tracking Program) makes data available to the public through the MN Public Health Data Access Portal. On the Data Portal, you can view information about many topics, see interactive charts and figures, generate custom tables using a query feature, and view interactive maps of the data.
The Data Portal's hazard, exposure, and health data are used to help people and communities make healthy choices; protect children, the environment, and future generations; and evaluate and measure the effectiveness of public health actions and policy.
See Tracking in Action: Minnesota for examples of how the Tracking Program's data have been used to inform and empower communities to protect health.
Using Nationally-Consistent Measures
Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (NCDMs) are developed by the Tracking Program in collaboration with the National Tracking Network, a network of 23 states, New York City, and 5 academic partners working to standardize and track data on environmental hazards, exposure, and health. The following are core content areas of the National Network:
- Air quality, Asthma, Birth defects, Cancer, Carbon monoxide poisoning,Childhood lead poisoning, Drinking water quality, Heart attacks, Heat-related illness, Reproductive outcomes
In addition, the Minnesota Tracking Program has developed additional data and measures for:
- Chemicals in People: Biomonitoring, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Environmental tobacco smoke, Obesity, Poverty & Income, Smoking, and Health Insurance
Furthermore, the Tracking Program is developing and evaluating data for:
- Pesticide poisonings, Private wells (arsenic), Developmental disabilities
These data are developed through a rigorous process to ensure that the program develops data that area actionable, feasible, and useful for Minnesotans to protect health.
Forging Partnerships and Collaboration
The MN Tracking Program works closely with local public health departments, communities and community-based organizations, academic institutions, data stewards, and numerous state partners in order to collaborate on developing, reporting, and using data. State partners include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
For more information about data and measures, Contact us.