The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of Minnesotans. The department operates programs in the areas of disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, health care policy, and registration of health care providers. The department is divided into two bureaus: the Health Systems and Special Populations Bureau which includes the Divisions of Community Health Services, Family Health, Health policy and Systems Compliance, and Facility and Provider Compliance; and the Health Protection Bureau includes the Divisions of Environmental Health, Disease Prevention and Control, Public Health Laboratory, and Finance and Administration. Under he Office of the Commissioner are the offices of Public Affairs; Policy; Minority Health; Budget and Legislation; and Human Resource Management.
The MDH distributes, free, several hundred booklets, pamphlets, reports, fact sheets, and other materials (including films) about various health, disease, lifestyle, safety, sexual, child care, and public health agency administration topics. Out-of-state residents are limited to a single copy of any publication.
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