Environmental Health Division
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Healthy School Environments
The school environment is of special importance to our children’s health and development. MDH is actively engaged in assisting schools with a variety of environmental health programs. These programs inform school officials and others about methods to manage and prevent hazards, relevant laws, and useful guidance documents. Learn more at Children's Environmental Health.
Two in five Minnesota homes have high radon levels posing cancer risks.
More than 40% of Minnesota homes have dangerously high radon levels. That concerns health officials, because radon — an odorless, colorless radioactive gas — is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked. Together with public health organizations across the country, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the American Cancer Society, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation and the American Lung Association urge homeowners and renters alike to test their home for radon in January, during National Radon Action Month. Testing is easy and inexpensive. MDH expects to send out more than 6,000 kits to health departments and other partners, who will distribute them statewide at low or no cost. Test kits also can be purchased at hardware and home improvement stores or ordered at mn.radon.com. Licensed professionals can conduct testing, too. More information about radon in Minnesota is available on Radon in Homes website or by calling the MDH Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050.
Download printable version of the brochure
radon: Keeping you safe from radon (PDF).
Minnesota is known for our cold and snowy winter weather but staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Learn how to prepare for winter storms, stay safe during a winter storm and prevent cold-related health problems.
Minnesota Office of Accessibility
State of Minnesota’s free e-Learning program on how to create accessible documents.
Minnesota Biomonitoring: Healthy Kids Minnesota
Protecting children from chemicals of concern
In 2019, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) won a five-year federal grant to better understand children’s exposures to chemicals. With help from partners in local public health, school districts and tribal nations, Healthy Kids Minnesota will use biomonitoring to measure chemicals in kids across the state..
Children’s developing bodies are especially vulnerable to chemical exposures. The new program will give us a picture of children’s chemical exposures statewide. Results will help inform families, address community concerns, and promote policies that reduce childhood exposures and create healthy neighborhoods and homes for kids.
Healthy Kids Minnesota is conducted with guidance from the MDH Environmental Health Tracking and Biomonitoring Advisory Panel.
Expanding the program statewide
Healthy Kids Minnesota will expand the 2018 Healthy Rural and Urban Kids project to enroll 3-to-6-year-old children during their Early Childhood Screening appointments. Participation is voluntary, families are compensated for their time, and all personal information is kept private and protected by Minnesota law.
In the next five years, we will rotate our regions of focus to include one non-Metro and one Metro region per year, starting in Southeast Minnesota and Minneapolis and then moving to Northeast Minnesota and Saint Paul.
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