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      Results Minnesota: Improving the Health of Minnesotans

      Posted on December 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Photo of exhaust coming from retrofited school buses equiped with diesel oxidation catalysts and closed crankcase filtration systems

      The MPCA is a major partner of Clean Air Minnesota’s Project Green Fleet (PGF). Since it began in 2005, PGF has worked with school districts and school bus fleet operators to retrofit buses with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts and closed crankcase filtration systems.

      After two years in office, Governor Mark Dayton is continuing to make important progress toward building a Better Minnesota. 

      One crucial measure of that progress is improving the health of Minnesotans, which is essential to a high quality of life in Minnesota.  Governor Dayton is pursuing a variety of strategies to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities across our state, including increasing access to high quality, affordable health insurance and promoting strong community health programs.  The Dayton Administration is focused on improving the quality of life for all Minnesotans, and lowering the cost of health care in our great state of Minnesota.

      In the Spotlight

      The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has worked to reduce diesel emission in school buses, snowplows, fire trucks, and other large vehicles.  Emissions retrofits on school buses alone have improved air quality for nearly 85,000 kids in 91 school districts statewide.

      In 2012, MPCA focused on reducing diesel emission in long-haul semi-trucks.  At current fuel prices, retrofits made to 282 vehicle engines, and reduced idling on 155 trucks, will save trucking companies $600,000 each year in fuel costs. Health benefits derived from these emissions reductions are estimated to total $123.5 million.

      Delivering Results

      • Expanding Health Coverage for Children and Adults – Provided coverage for 86,00 low-income Minnesotans and 16,00 children.

      • Providing Quality, Affordable Coverage – Secured $70 million in federal funds to design a new online marketplace for health insurance that will help 1.2 million Minnesotans save $1 billion on health insurance.

      • Changing the Way We Pay for Health Care – Began a new Health Care Delivery System model for 150,000 Minnesotans that pay providers keep people healthy, not just treat them when they are sick.

      • Giving Kids Healthy Foods – Ensured that more than 570,000 students will enjoy more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein in their school lunches each year, reducing obesity and health care costs.

      • Providing Free Cancer Screenings for Women – Screened 35,977 women for cervical and breast cancer, of whom 65% were uninsured; 331 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 12 with cervical cancer.

      • Keeping Minnesotans Healthy with High Quality, Preventive Care – Certified 200 health care homes (a new preventive model that improves quality of care and reduces costs) serving 2 million Minnesotans.

      • Helping Minnesotans Adopt Healthy Lifestyles – Worked to stem the leading causes of chronic illness – unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, and tobacco use; 870 employers started worksite wellness programs serving 138,000 employees, provided healthier foods for 26% of K-12 kids, improved the safety of walking and biking routes for 14% of all K-8 schools.

      • Feeding Hungry Minnesotans – Provided nutritious food to 111,000 more Minnesotans and expanded the use of food support to farmers markets. Every $1 spend on food support generates $1.73 in economic activity.

      • Keeping Our Food Safe – Receive a $600,000 federal grant to help the state more quickly trace contaminated foods to grocery stores and ensure that all recalled products are quickly and fully removed from the shelves.

      • Preventing Military Suicides – Knowing any suicide is a tragedy, worked to support and build resiliency among Minnesota soldiers and airmen, reducing the incidence of suicide to two in 2012, down from six in 2011.