Webinar Info: The Scoop on Public Health Data at MDH

Webinar Info: The Scoop on Public Health Data at MDH


Register online!

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is partnering with the Minnesota Newspaper Association and Minnesota News Media Institute to present a webinar to help reporters get the data needed for health and environment stories.

Knowing where to look on the MDH website can help identify the data you need to write stories about topics such as children’s blood lead levels, carbon monoxide poisonings, nitrates in drinking water, cancer incidence, and more. The webinar will also include how to use death certificate data to learn about trends, such as firearm deaths, suicides, motor vehicle crash deaths and heroin/opiate related overdoses. The data is often available at the state, county and sometimes even at the community or zip code level.

Jon Roesler, Injury Epidemiologist with MDH, will demonstrate CDC Wonder, which is a tool for looking at Minnesota and U.S. mortality data from death certificates, with graphic and mapping capabilities.

Jean Johnson, Environmental Epidemiologist with MDH, will demonstrate Minnesota Public Health Data Access, an online system for public access to over 20 environmental and health topics, with links to resources throughout MDH, other state programs and at the CDC.  On this site, users can explore trends, maps, facts and figures, and download the data.

Register online: https://mni-mdh-webinar.eventbrite.com

Questions? Please contact MNA Program Director Sarah Jackson.
Email: sarah@mna.org. Phone: 612-278-0250.


How to Join the Webinar

Webinar Session: The Scoop on Public Health Data at MDH
Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm CDT

Meeting number: 594 375 482
Meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)

1. Click the link to join the webinar at the specified time and date:


2. Choose one of the following audio options:

  • Recommended: Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.
  • Alternatively, you can call toll-free number: 1-888-742-5095. Conference Code: 155 131 0258.