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Minnesota Finds Radon Mitigation Reflect Disparities in Income, Housing, and Home Values

New data published (press release January 2020), from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), indicate radon mitigation rates in areas of the metro show disparities in income, housing and home values. The information will be used to target promotional efforts and outreach toward the sectors most at risk. This work was conducted by the MDH Environmental Public Health Tracking and Biomonitoring Program.

Findings indicate that there were lower rates of mitigation in households living in poverty and rental housing in the seven-county Twin Cities metro region, thus illustrating health inequities.

Findings were:

· Household poverty rates are three times higher in areas with low mitigation.

· The percent of rental housing is 2.7 times higher in areas with low mitigation – roughly 45%, compared to 17% across high mitigation areas.

· Median home value is 1.5 times lower in areas with low mitigation – $197,000 on average, compared to $309,000 across high mitigation areas.

To learn more about radon risks, testing and mitigation in Minnesota:
Radon disparities maps https://mdh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=01bd8cfa12f44a02b86bbd739e0026ec
MN Public Health Data Access https://data.web.health.state.mn.us/web/mndata/radon
or call the MDH Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050