Resources for Reporters - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Resources for Reporters

If you are a reporter seeking information from the Minnesota Department of Health, the best place to start is with one of the department's information officers, listed below. They, like you, have certain "beats," and can get you the information you need or arrange an interview with a professional expert in the department.

Use the following alphabetized list of public health topics to connect with the information officer who can assist you. If you don't see a topic listed below, or you're still not sure whom to contact, please call the MDH Communications Office at 651-201-4989. Also see information officer assignments by division.

Topic Information Officer Phone number
AIDS/STD prevention Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Air cleaners Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Air, indoor Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Alcohol and other drugs Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Asbestos Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Assisted living Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Asthma Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Audiologists Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Background checks (nursing homes) Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Beaches Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Bicycle helmets Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Birth and death certificates and related data Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Breast/cervical cancer Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Breastfeeding Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Budget Mike Schommer 651-201-4998
Campgrounds (health issues relating to) Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Cancer Erin McHenry 651-201-5806
Carbon dioxide/monoxide Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Chemical exposure Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Child health Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Children's camps Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Children with special health needs Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Commissioner's Office Mike Schommer 651-201-4998
Community health Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
COVID-19 Garry Bowman 651-529-5164
Contaminants, environmental Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Crematoriums Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Cryptosporidium Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Death certificates and related data Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Dental health Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Diabetes Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Disease prevention and control Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Disparities in health status Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Drinking water Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Ebola Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Education loan forgiveness programs Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Emergency preparedness Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Environmental health Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Epidemiology Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Facility and provider compliance Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Family health Erin McHenry 651-201-5806
Family planning Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Fetal alcohol syndrome Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Fish, safety of eating Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Fleas, lice Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Flu and flu shots Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Food, beverage and lodging establishments Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Food poisoning Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Food safety Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Foreign travel immunizations Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Formaldehyde Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Freedom to Breathe Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Funeral homes and morticians Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Genetic/hereditary disease Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Groundwater Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Hazardous waste Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Health care facilities complaints, licensing Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health economics Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health insurance consumer information Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health occupations Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health professional shortages Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health reform Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health regulation Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health statistics Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Hearing instrument dispensers Scott Smith 651-201-5806
High blood pressure Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
HMO complaints Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Home health care complaints Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Home health care licensing Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Hospital complaints Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Immunizations/vaccinations Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Infant and child care Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Influenza Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Injury Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Laboratories, public health Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Lead Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Legislative initiatives Mike Schommer 651-201-4998
Lice, fleas, ticks Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Lyme disease Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Mammograms Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Managed care Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Maternal and child health Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Measles, mumps Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Medical cannabis Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Mental health practitioners, unlicensed Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Minority health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Mold/moisture Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Mortuary science Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Newborn screening Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Nursing assistant registry Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Nursing facilities Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Nutrition Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Obesity Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Occupational therapists Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Opioids Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Patient's Bill of Rights Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Public health emergencies Mike Schommer 651-201-4998
Public health laboratory Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Rabies Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Radiation Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Radon Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Refugee health Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Rural health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
School cafeterias Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
School health Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Septic tanks/sewage Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Sexual violence Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Sexually transmitted diseases Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Speech language pathologists Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Smoking - prevention Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Smoking - indoor air Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Swimming pools Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Tobacco use Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Travel immunizations Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Tuberculosis Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Uncompensated (charity) care Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Venereal diseases Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Violence Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Vision and hearing Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
Water safety Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Wellhead protection Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program Erin McHenry 651-201-3532
X-ray machines Doug Schultz 651-201-4993

Updated Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 12:02PM