Health Care

Minnesota overdose deaths up 30% in the first half of 2020

BY: - December 3, 2020

Overdose deaths in Minnesota increased by more than 30% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health.   The report recorded 490 overdose deaths between January and June, compared to 373 deaths in the first half of 2019. The statistics […]

Thousands of Doctors’ Offices Buckle Under Financial Stress of COVID-19

BY: - December 3, 2020

Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August. Caine is one of several parents who followed Dr. Heather Decker to her new location on the […]

What Minnesota’s flu vaccine rates can tell us about a COVID-19 vaccine rollout

BY: - November 18, 2020

A COVID-19 vaccine may be available in a matter of months — but convincing enough Minnesotans to get the shot might not be easy. Roughly one-third of Americans said they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine if it were available this month, the majority citing concerns about side effects or that the vaccines were moving too […]

In a post-Roe world, Minnesota would become a haven for abortion rights as other states move to restrict access

BY: - October 16, 2020

With a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett slated for Oct. 22, the anxieties of some — and hopes of others — have been reignited: That Roe v. Wade may be overturned.  On Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar pressed Barrett about her thoughts on Roe, the half century old […]

Minnesota has nation’s second-lowest child obesity rate

BY: - October 14, 2020

Minnesota has the nation’s second-lowest child obesity rate, according to a report published Wednesday by a national health advocacy organization. Just over 9% of children ages 10-17 in Minnesota were obese in 2018, well below the national rate of 15.5%, according to the rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic group. Tracking obesity […]

Minn. Gov. Tim Walz announces saliva testing sites amid rise in COVID-19 cases

BY: - October 13, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced an expanded COVID-19 testing plan, opening new saliva testing sites and a pilot mail order program to help health officials track the spread of the virus.  The new sites will offer free saliva tests to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested, according to a news release […]

Big fight over drug pricing with implications for Minnesota heads to the Supreme Court

BY: - October 6, 2020

A years-long fight over whether states have the authority to regulate important aspects of drug pricing will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning. At issue is whether prescription middlemen, known as “pharmacy benefit managers,” will have to bow to state authority over a huge swath of their business or if federal law […]

In debate, Jason Lewis veers into debunked conspiracy theories about wildfires in the West

BY: - September 18, 2020

Jason Lewis, the former talk radio host and one term Republican congressman veered into debunked conspiracy theories about wildfires and urban rioting during a debate with Sen. Tina Smith in their U.S. Senate race. Regarding wildfires in the West, he said, “And by the way, when it comes to wildfires, it is amazing how smart […]

Minnesota’s childhood vaccination rates falling during the pandemic, putting kids at risk

BY: - August 25, 2020

Fewer Minnesota children are receiving routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic — a worrying trend that experts say could lead to new outbreaks of dangerous diseases. And those outbreaks could in turn expose the most vulnerable kids to health problems, while straining the health care system as the pandemic drags into the winter flu season. […]

White Earth votes in favor of producing and distributing medical marijuana

BY: - August 19, 2020

White Earth citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum on Tuesday asking if the tribe should begin growing, regulating and distributing medical marijuana on the reservation. “It’s exciting,” White Earth Chairman Michael Fairbanks said. “The membership has spoken and it’s overwhelming.” Nearly nine in 10 voters approved of the referendum, making the White Earth […]

A different messenger: Ramsey County relies on culturally competent voices — instead of government — to deliver COVID-19 info

BY: - August 10, 2020

Black and Latino Minnesotans are facing disproportionate rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death, which has highlighted a complex public health problem: Distrust of the health care system. State, county and other public health officials are experimenting with new ways to break down barriers of mistrust built up over centuries.  Ramsey County, for instance, created […]

COMMENTARY

HealthPartners: Now is no time to close Riverside Clinic

BY: and - July 29, 2020

As we continue to struggle with a global pandemic, less than two months after the George Floyd police killing and subsequent protests that rocked our city, HealthPartners announced earlier this month that they would be closing seven healthcare facilities across the state.  While all of these closures are hard to hear about, we want to […]