Using Tracking Data - Minnesota Department of Health

Promoting Health in All Policies

Using Tracking Data

While Minnesota has a strong public health system and ranks high in state measures of population health, we face many challenges: chronic diseases are on the rise, health care costs are going up, and inequities are increasing. More and more children are facing illnesses that have historically been associated with adults, and current trends suggest that today’s young people may be the first generation of children in the United States with shorter life expectancies than their parents. At the same time, we face environmental problems—such as climate change, water shortages, air pollution, and vector-borne diseases—which will pose health challenges.

Many policies that are not explicitly about health still have health consequences - urban planning, transportation, education, the minimum wage, and many other issues affect people's health. The MN Tracking Program (MN Tracking) supports "health in all policies" by providing data and expertise that people can use to incorporate health considerations into other policies. MN Tracking:

  • Provides constant access to health and environment data via the Data Access portal
  • Provides custom data and technical consultation in data analysis, interpretation, GIS, data visualization, epidemiology, and risk communication
  • Fosters partnerships and collaboration across sectors and silos

Learn more about Health in All Policies:

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Updated Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:43PM