Looking for new and notable information to help you dig deeper into an issue? Start with these featured reports and web sites, and then browse through our full selection by topic.
Minnesotans with Disabilities: Demographic and Economic Characteristics
Minnesota State Demographic Center, March 2017, 21 pp.
Across Minnesota, about 593,700 persons (roughly 10.9% of the population) have one or more disabilities. This brief provides a primer about persons with disabilities in Minnesota, to better understand their demographic characteristics and experiences. more info >
2016 Health Equity of Care Report: Stratification of Health Care Performance Results in Minnesota by Race, Hispanic Ethnicity, Preferred Language and Country of Origin
MN Community Measurement, February 2017, 294 pp.
This report deepens understanding of health care disparities in Minnesota with results segmented by race and Hispanic ethnicity and comparable medical group reporting of seven quality measures. more info >
State of American Well-Being: 2015 State and Community Rankings for Incidence of Diabetes
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, December 2016, 12 pp.
This report, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines the incidence of diabetes in 190 communities nationwide and across all 50 states. more info >
Adult Mental Health: Benefit-Cost Analysis
Minnesota Management and Budget, December 2016, 71 pp.
Minnesota's Department of Human Services and county agencies administer a range of services designed to reduce the prevalence and severity of mental health conditions. Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) created an inventory of these services and conducted benefit-cost analyses of the mental health offerings in the state. more info >
Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health - Final Report 2016
Minnesota Department of Human Services, November 2016, 83 pp.
The Task Force on Mental Health was established to develop comprehensive recommendations for improving Minnesota’s mental health system. The task force concluded that Minnesota’s mental health system provides effective services that can assist people in their recovery from mental illnesses, but it is not yet a comprehensive continuum of care that promotes wellness, prevents mental illnesses where possible, and supports Minnesotans with mental illnesses to pursue recovery in their communities. This report presents nine recommendations for transforming Minnesota's mental health system into a comprehensive continuum of care. more info >
Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics, October 2016, 179 pp.
Biennial report that provides a comprehensive picture of older adults' health and well-being in the United States. It uses data from over a dozen national data sources to construct five broad indicators of well-being for older adults (population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors and health care) and to monitor changes in these indicators over time. more info >
Hennepin County Children's Mental Health Collaborative
Wilder Research, September 2016
The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) focuses on juvenile justice, uninsured/underinsured youth, primary care, school-based mental health services, parent involvement, culturally-responsive initiatives, early childhood, and parent leadership. more info >
Minnesota Hospital Association Mental and Behavioral Health Data Collection Pilot
Wilder Research, Minnesota Hospital Association, August 2016, 19 pp.
To better understand how often and why Minnesotans are unable to access mental health care in the most appropriate settings, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) commissioned a pilot study to track the number of "potentially avoidable days" mental and behavioral health patients spend admitted to inpatient hospital units. more info >
Minnesota Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity
Voices for Racial Justice, July 2016, 64 pp.
Annual report that looks at the previous Minnesota legislative session, focusing on advancing racial equity. Individual legislators and the governor are graded on their support for bills to support education equity, health equity, economic and wealth equity, civil rights and criminal justice, and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty. more info >
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2016, 60 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report. more info >
Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2016, 60 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. more info >
Somali Mental Health Project Findings and Recommendations
Minnesota Department of Health, May 2016, 4 pp.
This brief describes the results of community dialogues about mental health attitudes, knowledge, perceptions, and gaps in services with Somali community members and service providers in Minnesota. more info >
Poverty and Child Health in the United States
April 2016, 16 pp.
Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socio-emotional development, and educational achievement. This report consists of a policy statement and a technical report describing current knowledge on child poverty and the mechanisms by which poverty influences the health and well-being of children. more info >
Hennepin County SHAPE Surveys
Hennepin County Community Health Department, Bloomington Division of Public Health, April 2016, 30 pp.
SHAPE is a periodic health surveillance and assessment survey of children and adults in Hennepin County. more info >
Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. more info >
Healthy Food Access: A View of the Landscape in Minnesota and Lessons Learned From Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Wilder Research, April 2016, 54 pp.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research conducted a mixed-methods study to provide information to those interested in improving Minnesota's food retail environment. more info >
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, this website focuses on specific factors that affect health, such as education and income. The County Health Rankings address what is making people sick or healthy, while the roadmaps show what can be done to create healthier places to live. more info >
Substance Use in Minnesota: A Minnesota State Epidemiological Profile
An interactive website that looks at consumption patterns and consequences related to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in Minnesota. more info >
Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education. more info >
State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Health
Data on drug, alcohol, and cigarette use, and mental health for people age 12-17, 18-25, and 26 and older for Minnesota, North Dakota, other states, and the United States. more info >
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Searchable database of interventions designed to promote mental health or prevent or treat mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders. more info >
Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Presents state and national data on children's health. Indicators include: overall health status, asthma, socio-emotional difficulties, preventive health and dental care, early childhood experience, repetition of grade, reading, and attending religious services. more info >
Public Libraries for Health
Provides a toolkit resulting from a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant-making program that invited urban and rural libraries to implement projects that address health equity. more info >