Advisory Committees at MDH
CURRENTLY FUNCTIONING UNDER STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Advisory Council on Wells and Borings
The Advisory Council on Wells and Borings is authorized in Minnesota Statutes, section 103I.105 and consists of 18 voting members. The membership includes six well contractors, four limited or specialized well and boring contractors, two public members, and six representatives of various state agencies. The council advises the Minnesota Department of Health on technical matters related to the construction, repair, and sealing of wells and borings and the licensure of well and boring contractors. The council also administers the oral examination of well contractor license applicants. Council meetings are held quarterly, usually the first Wednesday of March, June, September, and December, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The term of membership for any non-agency member is four years. Please refer to the list of council members for terms of service and upcoming vacancies. The agency representatives are assigned by their respective commissioners. Persons interested in serving on the council must submit an application (Appointments Application for Service on State Agency) to the Secretary of State, who handles all applications for open appointments to state boards, councils, and other bodies. The Commissioner of Health makes the actual appointments to the council. Non-agency members receive a $55 per diem for each meeting attended and lodging, meal, and travel expenses are reimbursed.
Minnesota Cancer Reporting System (MCRS) Scientific Peer Review Committee
The committee reviews applications for use of individual-level cancer data and makes recommendations to the Commissioner as to whether proposed uses are of sufficient social and scientific merit to warrant the use of the data. The committee consists of up to seven scientists who have: attained the degree of medical doctor, doctor of science, doctor of philosophy, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university; specific training in medicine, epidemiology, cancer research, or biometry from an accredited college or university; and two or more years of applied experience in epidemiology, medical research, biomedical research, or biometry. The committee does not meet in person, but conducts its business via fax, email, and telephone when applications for use of (MCRS) data are received. Does not expire. Appointing Authority: Commissioner of Health. Compensation: None. Minnesota Statutes 144.671 (4) and Minnesota Rules 4606.3307. Minnesota Department of Health, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55440-9441. (651) 201-5900.
Clean Water Council
The Clean Water Council provides advice to the Legislative and Executive branches of government on the administration and implementation of the Clean Water Legacy Act and facilitates coordination between all stakeholders playing a role in achieving Clean Water for all Minnesotans. MS 114D
Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee was established in 2004 under Minnesota Statute. Members and Designated Alternates to this statewide advisory committee with 25 representatives are made up of interested and affected stakeholders in health information technology (HIT) who are appointed by the Commissioner of Health. The Advisory Committee advises on policy and has convened workgroups to develop and implement a statewide plan for meeting Minnesota's 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate.
Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian Council
The council advises the Commissioner of Health regarding environmental health specialist/sanitarian registration standards and enforcement of the environmental health specialist/sanitarian rules; provides for the dissemination of information regarding environmental health specialist/sanitarian registration standards; and reviews applications and recommends applicants for registration or registration renewal. Two meetings a year, 4-6 hours, varied locations. Appointing Authority: Commissioner of Health. Compensation: Expenses. Minnesota Statutes 214.13, subd.1,3. Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Services Section, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975. (651) 201-4500.
Environmental Health Tracking & Biomonitoring Advisory Panel
The advisory panel provides advice and recommendations to the Commissioner of Health regarding the design, implementation and evaluation of the environmental health tracking and biomonitoring program, including recommendations for specific environmental hazards, exposures and diseases to track and specific chemicals for biomonitoring. Membership includes two scientists representing nongovernmental organizations; two scientists representing statewide business organizations; one scientist representing the University of Minnesota; one representative each to be appointed by the speaker of the house and the senate majority leader; one representative each to be appointed by the commissioners of the Pollution Control Agency, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health; and three other representatives meeting the scientific qualifications specified in statute. Meetings held quarterly, at a minimum. Appointing Authority: Commissioner of Health. Compensation: Expenses. Minnesota Statutes 144.998. Minnesota Department of Health. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882.
Health Care Home Advisory Committee
The Health Care Home Advisory is authorized in Minnesota Statutes 2012 Section 256B.0751 Subd. 10. The 2014 Minnesota Legislature directed the Commissioners of Health and Human Services to establish a Health Care Homes Advisory Committee to advise the Commissioners on the ongoing statewide implementation of the Health Care Homes program. Health Care Homes, known nationally as Patient Centered Medical Homes, require a fundamental redesign in the practice of primary care towards prevention and management of chronic disease. There are 17 members of the committee.
The charge of the HCH Advisory Subgroup is to contribute to planning for ongoing statewide implementation of Health Care Homes including, but not limited to:
- Implementation activities on performance management and benchmarking.
- Modifications to the health care homes program based on results of the legislatively mandated health care home evaluation.
- Statewide solutions for engagement of employers and commercial payers.
- Potential modifications of the health care home rules or statutes.
- Consumer engagement, including patient and family-centered care patient activation in health care, and shared decision making.
- Oversight for health care home subject matter task forces or workgroups. Other related issues as requested by the commissioners.
Hearing Instrument Dispenser
The council advises the Commissioner of Health on matters relating to certification and regulation of hearing instrument dispensers including certification standards, enforcement of certification laws and rules, and examination services. The nine members include three public members as defined by Minnesota Statutes 214.02, one to be a hearing instrument user and or an advocate of a hearing instrument user; three certified hearing instrument dispensers who are currently, and have been for the five years preceding appointment, engaged in hearing instrument dispensing in Minnesota and who are not audiologists; and three audiologists who are certified hearing instrument dispensers, are licensed as audiologists under Minnesota Statutes 148.511 et seq. Meetings are held quarterly, with additional meetings scheduled as necessary. Meetings are held at the Minnesota Department of Health, Snelling Office Park for two hours. The council does not expire. Appointing Authority: Commissioner of Health. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. Minnesota Statutes 153A.20. Minnesota Dept. of Health, Health Regulation Division, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882. (651) 201-3724.
Home Care Provider Advisory Council
The Home Care Provider Advisory Council is authorized in Minnesota Statutes, section 144A.4799. Its purpose is to provide advice to the Home Care and Assisted Living Program in the Health Regulation Division of the Minnesota Department of Health, the regulatory authority for licensed home care providers. This will include advice on the following: community standards for home care practices, enforcement of licensing standards and disciplinary actions, distribution of information to providers and consumers, training standards, emerging issues, allowable home care licensing modifications and exemptions and other duties as directed by the commissioner.
Medical Cannabis Intractable Pain Advisory Panel
The advisory panel shall deliberate and come to an opinion on recommendation to the Commissioner on whether the proposed addition of intractable pain to the list of qualifying medical conditions for the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program should be adopted, rejected, adopted with modified pain definition, or deferred for further review. In forming their opinion, members are expected to think critically, keep an open mind, attend to public testimony, and give due consideration to: The degree to which current medical therapies provide sufficient treatment for intractable pain; and Scientific evidence on effectiveness and risks to patients from using cannabis treatments for intractable pain; and, Potential for social harm, including crime, public safety risks, and other unintended consequences, from adding intractable pain to the list of qualifying medical conditions. Membership includes two physicians with pain management sub‐specialization (one with subspecialty of neurology/psychiatry and one with subspecialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Anesthesiology); one pharmacist; one nurse practitioner with pain management or pediatric focus; one physician's assistant with pain management or pediatric focus; one primary care physician; one substance use treatment provider. Meetings are expected to be held in March, September, and November at the Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul. MDH Office of Medical Cannabis, PO Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164‐0882, 651-201-5598. Laws 2014, Chapter 311, Section 20. Appointing authority: Commissioner of Health. Compensation: None. Vacancies: One Pain Psychologist Member
Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee
This committee was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007. Its membership, functions, and objectives are described in Minnesota Statute section 144.966.
This committee is intended to function in an advisory capacity to the Minnesota Department of Health program managers in newborn screening and the Minnesota children with special health needs (MCSHN) subject areas and, ultimately, to the Commissioner of Health. They are "to advise and assist the Department of Health and the Department of Education in developing protocols and timelines for screening, rescreening, and diagnostic audiological assessment and early medical, audiological, and educational intervention services for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing."
Newborn Screening Advisory Committee
The committee provides advice and recommendations to the Commissioner of Health concerning tests and treatments for heritable and congenital disorders found in newborn children. Membership includes (but is not limited to) at least one member of the following representative groups: parents and other consumers; primary care providers; clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders; genetic counselors; birth hospital representatives; newborn screening laboratory professionals; nutritionists; and other experts as needed representing related fields such as emerging technologies and health insurance. Compensation: Expenses. Minnesota Statutes 144.1255. Minnesota Department of Health. Public Health Laboratory Division, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Agreement State Rule Advisory Group
To provide opinions and feedback on the EH Division's rulemaking related to becoming a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreement state. M.S. 1441202, subd.2.
Rural Health Advisory Committee
The committee advises the Commissioner of Health and other state agencies on rural health issues. The committee consists of 15 members, and all members must reside outside the seven-county metropolitan area. Membership must include two members from the Minnesota House of Representatives, one from the minority party and one from the majority party; two members from the Minnesota Senate, one from the minority party and one from the majority party; a volunteer member of an ambulance service based outside the seven-county metropolitan area; a representative of a hospital located outside the seven-county metropolitan area; a representative of a nursing home located outside the seven-county metropolitan area; a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy licensed under Chapter 147; a mid-level practitioner; a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse; a licensed health care professional from an occupation not otherwise represented on the committee; a representative of an institution of higher education located outside the seven-county metropolitan area that provides training for rural health care providers; and three consumers, at least one of whom must be an advocate for persons who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled. In making appointments the Governor shall ensure that appointments provide geographic balance among those areas of the state outside the seven-county metropolitan area. The chair of the committee shall be elected by the members. Does not expire. Appointing Authority: Governor. Compensation: Expenses. Minnesota Statutes, 144.1481. Laws of 1992, Chapter 549, Article 5, Section 7. Minnesota Department of Health, Division of Health Policy, PO Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882. (651) 201-3856.
and Audiologist Advisory Council
The council advises the commissioner of health on matters relating to the licensing and regulation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists including to provide technical expertise to the Commissioner regarding speech-language pathologists and audiologists practice standards and assist with development of health policies related to speech-language pathologists and audiologists licensing. The seven members include two public members as defined by Minnesota Statutes 214.02, and shall be either persons who have received speech-language pathology and/or audiology services or family members of or caregivers to such persons; two speech language pathologists licensed under Minnesota Statutes 148.511 et seq.; two audiologists licensed under Minnesota Statutes 148.511 et seq.; and one member who is a speech language pathologist licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and is employed by a Minnesota public school district. Meetings are held quarterly, with additional meetings scheduled as necessary. Meetings are held at the Minnesota Department of Health, Snelling Office Park for two hours. The council does not expire. Appointing Authority: Commissioner of Health. Compensation: $55 per diem plus expenses. Minnesota Statutes 148.5196. Minnesota Department of Health, Health Regulation Division, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882. (651) 201-3730.
State Community Health Services
Advisory Committee (SCHSAC)
The committee advises, consults with and makes recommendations to the commissioner of health on matters relating to the development, funding, and evaluation of community health services in Minnesota. The committee has 53 voting members, representing 53 community health boards statewide. The SCHSAC provides the foundation for the state-local public health partnership in Minnesota. Appointing Authority: Community Health Boards. Compensation: Expenses. Minnesota Statutes 145A.10, Subd. 10. Minnesota Department of Health, Community and Family Health Division, PO Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882.
State Trauma Advisory Council (STAC)
The State Trauma Advisory Council was established by legislation to advise, consult with and make recommendations to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health regarding the development, maintenance and improvement of a statewide trauma system.
Water Supply Systems and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Advisory Council
The council advises the commissioners of the Department of Health and the Pollution Control Agency regarding classification of water supply systems and wastewater treatment facilities, qualifications and competency evaluation of water supply system operators and wastewater treatment facility operators, and additional laws, rules and procedures that may be desirable for regulating the operation of water supply systems and of wastewater treatment facilities. The council consists of 11 members including one member from the Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health, appointed by the Commissioner of Health; one member from the Pollution Control Agency; appointed by the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency; three members who must be certified water supply system operators, appointed by the Commissioner of Health; three members who must be certified wastewater treatment facility operators, appointed by the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency; one member representing an organization that represents municipalities, appointed by the Commissioner of Health with the concurrence of the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency; and two members of the public who are not associated with water supply systems or wastewater treatment facilities. One of the members of the public shall be a representative of academia in a water or wastewater related field. One must be appointed by the Commissioner of Health and the other by the Commissioner of Pollution Control Agency. One of the water supply system operators and one of the wastewater treatment facility operators must be from outside the metro area, and one wastewater operator must come from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services. One of the water supply system operators must representative a non-municipal community or nontransient noncommunity water supply system. The council meets quarterly for four hours in St. Cloud (central location). Does not expire. Appointing Authority: Commissioners of the Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Compensation: $55 per diem. Minnesota Statutes Section 115.71-115.77.
CURRENTLY FUNCTIONING UNDER MDH DISCRETION:
A. Commissioner Discretion
Healthy Minnesota Partnership
The Healthy Minnesota Partnership was formed in November 2010, and works with the Commissioner of Health to establish statewide public health priorities and goals to improve the health of all Minnesotans. The partnership currently consists of 25 members representing a wide range of interests and concerns, including local public health, the business community, health care providers, populations of color and American Indians, rural health, and other segments of Minnesota.
B. Division Discretion
B1. Previous Link with Statutory Authority
Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force
The task force meets to review and report on the health status and health care needs of mothers and children throughout the state of Minnesota. The fifteen members should provide equal representation from professions with expertise in maternal and child health services, representatives of local community health boards as defined in Minnesota Statutes 145A.02, subdivision 5, and consumer representatives interested in the health of mothers and children. Meetings are mandated to be held four times per year, the group meets more often as needed for five hours at 1645 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul.
Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Advisory Committee
The MERC Committee was established in 1993 by the Minnesota Legislature to examine the financing of medical education and research in Minnesota's changing health care market. The committee has provided essential support to the Department of Health, both through legislative recommendations and analysis of pertinent issues.
B2. Grant Alignment/Grant Requirement
Minnesota Arthritis Advisory Group
Advise and support the MDH Arthritis Program and guide the development and implementation of strategies to manage arthritis symptoms. The group is integral to guiding the direction of the MDH Arthritis Program five year plan required through a CDC funded grant.
Minnesota Asthma Advisory Work Group
Guide, advise, and participate in the strategic planning process to develop the 5-year “Strategic Plan for Addressing Asthma in Minnesota.” It receives input from 5 working groups -- Data and Surveillance, Environment, Health Professionals, Community and Self-Management, and Work-Related Asthma – in order to develop objectives and strategies to prevent and control asthma in Minnesota.
Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System Advisory Group
As required by the CDC, advise the MCSS in setting priorities, promoting data use, increasing efficiency and quality of operations, increasing collaboration with partners, and extending cancer registry data to cancer control and public health.
Minnesota Cardiovascular Health Alliance
To improve the cardiovascular health of Minnesotans by sharing experiences and perspectives and coordinating collective action.
Minnesota Diabetes Prevention Network Advisory Committee
Advise the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on identified priorities for making the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) available and accessible to those with prediabetes or who are at risk for type 2 diabetes statewide, including improving the delivery and payment systems for the National DPP. The Advisory Committee will also connect to and integrate with existing efforts to improve diabetes management in Minnesota, in order to address the needs of people with diabetes.
Minnesota Diabetes Surveillance and Data Review Subcommittee
Advise the Diabetes and Health Behavior Research Unit on surveillance activities and on specific unit data collection and program evaluation projects.
Minnesota Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program Advisory Workgroup
Advise the MDH Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program on the collection, dissemination, and utilization of occupational health indicators and other occupational surveillance activities as defined in our NIOSH cooperative agreement.
Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Advisory Committee
To advise the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Minnesota's Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. The RHFP creates Critical Access Hospitals, and requires that each state use the development of Critical Access Hospitals as an opportunity to enhance their rural emergency medical services and rural health care networks.
State Preventive Health Advisory Committee
To provide input into Minnesota’s application for Federal Preventive Block Grant funds, as required by federal law.
WIC Advisory Group
To advise MDH on Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) issues.
B3. Division/Program/Other Discretion
Administrative Uniformity Committee (AUC)
The AUC is a large, voluntary, multi-stakeholder advisory organization comprised of health care providers, payers, associations, and state agencies. It’s primary focus is to develop agreement among Minnesota payers and providers on standardized health care administrative processes when implementation of the processes will reduce administrative costs. The Commissioner of Health is required to consult with the AUC on the development of rules for single, uniform companion guides for specified health care administrative transactions under Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536.
Birth Defects Work Group
To advise on the priorities for birth defects data collection and case definitions, case ascertainment, services and prevention activities, data interpretation, policy and procedures for implementation and evaluation, data dissemination, and linkage to services, as well as to review forms for abstracting and cases as needed.
Health Equity Advisory and Leadership (HEAL) Council
The Health Equity Advisory and Leadership (HEAL) Council was created as part of a broader effort by the Minnesota Department of Health to address Minnesota’s disparities in health status – particularly those persistent disparities across various ethnic, racial and regional groups. The HEAL Council represents the voices of many communities most severely impacted by health inequities across the state, including racial and ethnic minority groups, rural Minnesotans, Minnesotans with disabilities, American Indians, LGBTQ community members, refugees and immigrants. The Council is staffed by the Center for Health Equity and meets every other month.
Environmental Laboratory Certification Program Advisory Committee
To provide advice to MDH on changes to statutes and rules related to the environmental laboratory certification program.
Food Safety Partnership of Minnesota
A consortium of environmental health professionals, industry partners, and other stakeholders working together to protect the public health in the area of food safety. The goal of the Food Safety Partnership is to create a unified program for food safety in the State of Minnesota.
Minnesota Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (MIPAC)
Advise the commissioner of health and assist the Minnesota Department of Health in reducing and eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases across the lifespan through a comprehensive statewide immunization program.
Metro Immigrant and Refugee Health Network
The Metro Immigrant and Refugee Health Network, previously called the Metro Immigrant and Refugee Health Task Force, has brought together Twin Cities metropolitan area health professionals, social service workers, students, community members and others interested in refugee and immigrant health issues. At monthly meetings, presentations by various individuals working in the field serve as a catalyst for group dialogue and networking.
Minnesota Collaborative Lead Education and Assessment Network (M-CLEAN)
As we continue to work towards preventing childhood lead poisoning, the MDH Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program has re-established the Minnesota Collaborative Lead Assessment Network (MCLEAN). MCLEAN gathers to update each other on our work, discuss legislative developments and ways to move our work forward. We cover lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes issues.
Newborn Screening Advisory Council
To advise the MDH Public Health Laboratory on how to maintain and improve the quality and scope of the Newborn Screening program.
The stated purpose of the council is: “The council shall consult with and advise the commissioner on matters related to the establishment, maintenance. operation. and outcomes evaluation of palliative care initiatives in the state.”
The council is made up of a variety of professionals who have palliative care work experience or expertise in palliative care delivery models. They come from a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community settings, like acute care, long-term care or hospice. They work with a variety of patients from pediatric to youth and adults. In addition, there are several positions on the council who provide a patient or caregiver perspective.
Speech-Hearing Work Group
To provide a forum for Speech-language Pathologists, Audiologists, Hearing Instrument Dispensers and consumers of their services to identify and discuss conflicting viewpoints and issues about occupational scopes of practice, consumer information, dual regulation, regulatory costs and fees, complaint investigation, enforcement procedures and disciplinary outcomes, all for the purpose of creating a single regulatory scheme for three related, but distinct, occupations.
Tribal Health Directors
To provide a forum for discussion and advice to the MDH and the Department of Human Services related to addressing disparities in health status among American Indians through tribal health services.
Tuberculosis Advisory Committee
The mission of the MDH TB Advisory Committee is to prevent and control tuberculosis (TB) infection and disease in Minnesota by providing statewide leadership planning, implementing and evaluating TB prevention and control activities; communicating and disseminating information about TB; developing a TB elimination plan; and advocating for TB prevention and control activities in Minnesota. This is accomplished through working collaboratively with individuals and agencies throughout the state that have an investment in TB, drawing on expertise and diversity of our colleagues. The committee was established in 1999 and consists of approximately 30 members (not including MDH staff). Meetings are held two or three times per year.