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We live in a complex world. Just as humans have left an impact on the environment, the environment also leaves an impact on us. Being exposed to certain physical and social environmental factors, like chemicals in the water, secondhand smoke, or poverty, can affect our health.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Oral Health Program is committed to communicating data in a way that is understandable and easy to use. As part of the CDC's Tracking Program, the MN Tracking Program allows us to do that by hosting our Minnesota Oral Health Statistics System (MNOHSS) data on the Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal.
The MN Data Access portal allows users to quickly find, interact, download, and visualize data through charts, infographics and maps. We also have been able to shed light on oral health disparities and use chronic disease data about diabetes, heart disease and cancer from the portal to look at shared risk factors with dental disease.
Oral health is key to overall health and the MN Public Health Data Access portal has brought greater visibility to this hidden chronic disease.
Nearly 90% of people struggle to understand health communication messages. This means that the data and reports we publish from our data tracking systems should take health literacy into account and provide health information that is easy to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use. Based on my experience, I have compiled 10 easy ways you can consider health literacy when you're reporting data.
Communicating data can be difficult and takes time and practice. But remember, we all appreciate clear communication. When you address health literacy, you improve data quality and consumer satisfaction and make data truly accessible to everybody.
The Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal is managed by the Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (MN Tracking). MN Tracking is part of the CDC's National Environmental Health Public Health Tracking Program, which collects, integrates, and analyzes environmental hazard and public health data from a nationwide network of partners.
HHS’s Associate Director for Communications Science, Health Communication Science Office, Rachel L.C. Powell, has contextualised these tips for those of us who work in HIV and STDs: “Our job, as health communicators, is to make sure impacted or concerned audiences can easily understand health action messages. When it comes to HIV and STDs – topics that carry stigma, can be difficult to understand, and can have long-term health effects – it is important that prevention and treatment messages speak to these audiences in a way they can comprehend and act on. You can do this by understanding the audience and making the messages and means of message delivery relevant to them.”