Preventative Health

Overall, Minnesotan women exceeded the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) targets for several preventive health targets. Healthy People 2030 (HP2030) provides new targets to strive for. Women ages 50-75 who have ever had a colonoscopy in the last 10 years, ages 50-74 who have ever had a mammogram in the last 2 years, and 21-65 who have had a pap test within the past 3 years are below HP2030 targets. Other metrics are being exceeded by MN women, like the percentage of women who have visited the dentist in the past year and those who have had a routine checkup in the past year. Some metrics from HP2020 have been changed or added to the HP2030 targets. Please see the table below for details. Data for this section are from 2018, 2020, and 2021 CDC BRFFS reports and the 2020 PRAMS report. To read more on the HP2030  objectives, refer to this source.

Since our 2020 report card, MN women have fallen behind previous metrics, perhaps due to barriers to receiving health care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • 3% decrease: Had a mammogram in the last 2 years (ages 50-74)
  • 4% decrease: Had visited the dentist in the past year
  • 5.6% decrease: Had a pap test in the past 3 years (ages 21-65)
  • 4.8% decrease: Had a routine checkup in the past year
  • 1.5% increase: Had obesity pre-pregnancy
  • 3% decrease: Participated in any physical activity in the past month

Black female MNs have the highest cancer screening rate (91%), followed by screening for white female MNs (83%). However, the sample size used for Black women and non-white Hispanics in the BRFSS is too small to reveal the right breast cancer screening coverage among these groups, given the relatively high risk of this type of cancer among black women.

The health indicators featured in this section mirror CDC BRFSS indicators. Not all indicators are compared to the HP2030 targets because the HP2030 targets and BRFSS indicators do not always exactly match. Visit and for more information.

Healthy People 2030 Targets