From Minnesota Department of Health, July 29: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is among six health departments nationwide to win a new cooperative grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will allow Minnesota to expand its biomonitoring program for measuring children’s exposures to chemicals of concern.
Biomonitoring tests chemicals in people and is an increasingly important tool in public health. Statewide biomonitoring can help identify groups at risk for potentially harmful chemical exposure and inform and evaluate policies and programs that reduce those exposures.
In recent years, MDH has successfully conducted a number of community projects that provided important information about exposures in several Minnesota communities. However, the impact of these efforts was limited by geographic scope and laboratory capacity. The new 5-year grant will increase the department’s ability to conduct biomonitoring statewide and identify exposure disparities and risk factors. MDH will work with local public health, school district partners and parents to recruit, with parental consent, 3- to 6-year-old children and will move recruitment systematically through different regions of the state. Participation in the program is voluntary.