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Glenn Howatt

Editor | Computer-Assisted Reporting
phone: 612-673-7192
Glenn Howatt joined the Star Tribune's business section in May 1990. He was a co-winner of a 2004 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award for coverage of questionable medical and business practices of a Roseville-based cancer center. As the computer-assisted reporting editor, he specializes in acquiring and analyzing data that leads to investigative journalism. Howatt holds two master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: one in urban geography and the other in journalism. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Howatt previously worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness, now the Business Journal.
Recent content from Glenn Howatt
Health safety net providers fear dwindling savings from drug discounts

Health safety net providers fear dwindling savings from drug discounts

Medicare payment decreases could stifle safety net savings from drug discount program.
Latest health bill in Senate could end up costing Minn. billions

Latest health bill in Senate could end up costing Minn. billions

The Graham-Cassidy bill could defund MinnesotaCare and shift funding from Minnesota to states like Wisconsin. "This takes us back several steps." a Minnesota health official says.
Minnesota drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2016

Minnesota drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2016

Health Department calls the extended streak 'alarming.'
Blue Cross payment cuts prompt protest by Minn. mental health providers

Blue Cross payment cuts prompt protest by Minn. mental health providers

State's biggest health insurer says Minnesota has exceeded national averages.
Obit: Shirley Lockwood Larson, singer and vocal coach

Obit: Shirley Lockwood Larson, singer and vocal coach

Shirley Lockwood Larson was one of those kids who loved to sing for guests who visited her parents' home.That love began a lifelong dedication to…
Measles outbreak is over, Minnesota health officials say

Measles outbreak is over, Minnesota health officials say

Last new case was reported 42 days ago, so epidemiologists don't expect more infections.
After nearly five months, Minn. measles outbreak may be over

After nearly five months, Minn. measles outbreak may be over

State health officials have scheduled an announcement for Friday if no new cases are reported.
Source of E. coli that killed 3-year-old Wright Co. girl still a mystery

Source of E. coli that killed 3-year-old Wright Co. girl still a mystery

Tests rule out petting zoo as site where two Wright County siblings picked up bacteria that killed one.
Planned Parenthood announces $6.5M gift, new Mpls. clinic

Planned Parenthood announces $6.5M gift, new Mpls. clinic

A new clinic will be built in the Uptown neighborhood and other facilities in the 19-clinic network will be modernized.
Safety net clinics in Minnesota face loss of federal funds

Safety net clinics in Minnesota face loss of federal funds

As Congress debates health care, $27 million in federal aid for state's rural and needy is in jeopardy. Cutbacks and closures could follow.
If repeal has failed, Minnesota leaders say, try repairing the federal health law

If repeal has failed, Minnesota leaders say, try repairing the federal health law

They point specifically to stabilizing insurance markets and addressing rising health care costs and premiums.
Two Minnesota CEOs weigh in against Senate GOP health bill

Two Minnesota CEOs weigh in against Senate GOP health bill

Repealing Obamacare would cut coverage, undermine medical reforms and raise consumer costs, they argue as U.S. Senate leaders ready a new bill.
Minnesota Health Dept. seeks extra $600K to stop spread of measles, tuberculosis, syphilis

Minnesota Health Dept. seeks extra $600K to stop spread of measles, tuberculosis, syphilis

State seeks extra $600K to control measles, tuberculosis, syphilis.
Minnesota set to lose $2 billion, then more with GOP health bill

Minnesota set to lose $2 billion, then more with GOP health bill

The estimate by the Department of Human Services found those funding losses would multiply in subsequent years.
Minnesota diabetics are in peril as price of insulin spikes

Minnesota diabetics are in peril as price of insulin spikes

Patients put health in peril as they struggle to pay bills. "I only get so much money a month," said one retiree.
With no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off

With no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off

No new cases in weeks after authorities rushed to contain the outbreak.

State's day care centers have troubling gaps on immunizations

Centers that ignore rules can act as unwitting incubators for the measles virus.
Psychologist Marvin Ack, who dies at 93, gave wisdom to parents, voice to troubled kids

Psychologist Marvin Ack, who dies at 93, gave wisdom to parents, voice to troubled kids

A pioneer in children's health care, he had received training in Freud's method of psychoanalysis — even working with Freud's daughter, Anna.
Harmless measles? Minn. officials want parents to know it's a deadly virus

Harmless measles? Minn. officials want parents to know it's a deadly virus

Measles' impact on children, even after they recover, can last for years.
Four new Minnesota measles cases reported, including two in Le Sueur County

Four new Minnesota measles cases reported, including two in Le Sueur County

Minnesota's measles outbreak has expanded into Le Sueur County with two new cases in unvaccinated children, a development that was expected by health officials as…
Minnesota's 'incident team' races to stop measles outbreak

Minnesota's 'incident team' races to stop measles outbreak

For nearly four weeks, the Minnesota Department of Health had been battling a measles outbreak that is now the state's worst since 1990.
3 measles cases in Crow Wing County bring Minnesota total to 54

3 measles cases in Crow Wing County bring Minnesota total to 54

The latest three cases — all family members — are in Crow Wing County.
Allina limits hospital, clinic visitors due to measles outbreak

Allina limits hospital, clinic visitors due to measles outbreak

The health care system is asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care, and children under 11 are asked to wear masks.
Three new Minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44

Three new Minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44

All 3 are unvaccinated children in Hennepin County, the center of the outbreak so far.
41 infected: Minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside Somali community

41 infected: Minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside Somali community

Quarantine is considered as infections spread beyond Hennepin County area, with first non-Somali and first adult cases.

Feds warn Minnesota: Improve kids' dental care in Medicaid

Feds say only 37 percent of kids on Medical Assistance got preventive care in '15.
Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

The groups' message for a meeting planned for Sunday at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis: "The epidemic is autism, not measles."
5 more cases of measles include first outside Hennepin County

5 more cases of measles include first outside Hennepin County

Five more cases of measles in Minnesota were reported Thursday, bringing the total to 29. Health officials also announced that the outbreak has spread to Stearns County.
With 3 more measles cases, Minn. health officials engage with Somali community

With 3 more measles cases, Minn. health officials engage with Somali community

All cases are still among Somali-American children in Hennepin County. A meeting Wednesday night tried to spread the word to get more kids vaccinated.
Health officials say 20 so far sickened in Minn. measles outbreak

Health officials say 20 so far sickened in Minn. measles outbreak

Eight new infections were confirmed Monday. State health officials said that all of the cases have occurred within the Somali-American community.
Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misinformation about the measles shot raised fear in many Somali families. Now health officials are reaching out and redoubling their efforts.

Eight TB cases found in Ramsey County, all drug-resistant

Risk to the public from drug-resistant strain is low, health officials say.
STDs hit another record high in Minnesota in 2016

STDs hit another record high in Minnesota in 2016

Syphilis and gonorrhea see double-digit increases; chlamydia remains prevalent.
Six mumps cases confirmed at University of Minnesota

Six mumps cases confirmed at University of Minnesota

U officials urge students to stay in if they feel sick.
2 new measles cases bring total to 11 in recent Minn. outbreak

2 new measles cases bring total to 11 in recent Minn. outbreak

Two more measles cases were confirmed by Minnesota health officials Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in the current outbreak to 11. Of those sickened, nine are known to have been unvaccinated for the highly contagious disease.
Minnesota confirms 9th measles case, all children unvaccinated

Minnesota confirms 9th measles case, all children unvaccinated

State health investigators are still trying to determine the source of the measles outbreak, the largest in Minnesota since 2011, when 26 people were infected.
Three measles cases confirmed in Hennepin County in unvaccinated toddlers

Three measles cases confirmed in Hennepin County in unvaccinated toddlers

State health officials are investigating the source and whether the illness has spread.
Despite insurance, patients still can't find a dentist

Despite insurance, patients still can't find a dentist

Many dental offices won't accept new patients covered by Medical Assistance — or have dropped out of the program altogether — leaving the state's nonprofit dental clinics overwhelmed with requests. Of the 500,000 children on Medical Assistance, the state estimates that only one-third had seen a dentist in 2015.
Services for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities are at stake in vote on GOP health bill

Services for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities are at stake in vote on GOP health bill

GOP 'repeal and replace' plan would slash Medicaid for thousands.
State could lose $80M in public health funds under GOP bill

State could lose $80M in public health funds under GOP bill

The American Health Care Act, which passed two U.S. House committees since its introduction last Monday, would cut $1 billion annually from the nation's public health system.
Minnesotans who study health care repeal plans see huge changes

Minnesotans who study health care repeal plans see huge changes

Republican-led bill would cause wrenching cutbacks but could enhance market forces.
Under GOP plan, Minn. could lose billions for health program

Under GOP plan, Minn. could lose billions for health program

State could lose $1.3 billion in 2019 and more in ensuing years, a state analysis shows.
In Lake City, patients and residents ask: Is Mayo listening?

In Lake City, patients and residents ask: Is Mayo listening?

The hospital's labor and delivery services were phased out two years ago, and then last year three physicians and a nurse abruptly resigned from Mayo's Lake City clinic.
Dr. Waldemar Cruz, cardiologist and audiophile, was in awe of much of the world

Dr. Waldemar Cruz, cardiologist and audiophile, was in awe of much of the world

Whether he was listening to a heart beat through a stethoscope or the songs of Duke Ellington, Dr. Waldemar Cruz paid close attention to the…
The future after Obamacare? Look to Minnesota's past

The future after Obamacare? Look to Minnesota's past

The state's experience with high-risk pools shows that you can cover thousands of people who are denied coverage by private insurers — but that it isn't cheap for the public or the patients.

Minnesota child dies from flu complications as cases multiply

Clinics reported that nearly 5 percent of all patients had flu-like symptoms
Flu season sends more than 50 to Minnesota hospitals the past two weeks

Flu season sends more than 50 to Minnesota hospitals the past two weeks

State health officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated if they haven't already.
Hennepin Health's outreach efforts improve health while saving money

Hennepin Health's outreach efforts improve health while saving money

With efforts to help with jobs and apartments, the program also betters lives beyond medical care.

For once, health care provides a silver lining in state budget

State spending came in $245 million lower than expected, mainly because of health care

With greater outreach, Hennepin County aims to curb HIV cases

Many residents with the infection are not getting treatment.
For Minnesotans using Obamacare, election brought only uncertainty

For Minnesotans using Obamacare, election brought only uncertainty

Any changes under President Trump and a GOP Congress will affect 200,000 Minnesotans who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
A Minneapolis neighborhood improves health from grassroots up

A Minneapolis neighborhood improves health from grassroots up

Allina adapts its campaign to improve quality of life in neighborhood.
Minnesota's student survey finds sharp drop in teen smoking, drinking, sex

Minnesota's student survey finds sharp drop in teen smoking, drinking, sex

The latest Minnesota Student Survey from the Department of Health paints an encouraging picture of the state's adolescents.
Crash drove Allina to build a better ambulance

Crash drove Allina to build a better ambulance

A snowy crash that badly hurt two paramedics led the EMS staff to design its own improved emergency vehicle.
Obituary: Dorothy DeMore was a tireless contributor to her family, church, community

Obituary: Dorothy DeMore was a tireless contributor to her family, church, community

In all her years with Atonement Lutheran Church in Bloomington, there was little that Dorothy DeMore did not touch. One of the co-founders of the…

Data helps local clinics save millions while improving care

By harnessing a huge database of patient records, 10 of the state's safety-net clinics have cut ER use, slowed spending and saved taxpayers millions.
Legionnaire's investigation redoubled as 3 new cases arise

Legionnaire's investigation redoubled as 3 new cases arise

State health investigators are intensifying efforts to pinpoint the source of the Hopkins outbreak of Legionnaires' disease even as three new cases were confirmed Friday. The outbreak has now sickened 23 people and led to one death.
Three new cases in Hopkins Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Three new cases in Hopkins Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Three new cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to the ongoing Hopkins outbreak were confirmed by state officials Tuesday, bringing the total number of those sickened to 20, including one death.

Three new cases reported in Hopkins Legionnaires' outbreak

Total is now 12, biggest Minnesota outbreak in two decades. All the cases have appeared in people who live or work in Hopkins, but the source of the infections remains a mystery.

Minnesota made big gains in health insurance coverage, census data show

Minnesota ranked No. 5 nationally.

U loses large federal grant that helps move medical research into clinics

The university first landed the $51 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant in 2011. Officials hope to restore funding next year.
Collapse of Fairview merger leaves U seeking a partner

Collapse of Fairview merger leaves U seeking a partner

The collapse left the U looking for a new partner — and a string of questions about the future of the medical school, one of Minnesota's flagship institutions, and its status as a leading research institution.
Radon map can help homeowners detect risks

Radon map can help homeowners detect risks

Odorless gas is a leading cause of lung cancer.

Allina program offers life lessons for the dying

The LifeCourse program educates patients on how to write a medical directive, how to care for themselves, and even how to make the best of their remaining time — and has achieved striking results in the way people use medical care in their final months.
Edina dentist whose teen patient died after surgery can return to practice

Edina dentist whose teen patient died after surgery can return to practice

An Edina dentist whose teenage patient died after wisdom teeth surgery last summer can return to practice but won’t be allowed to use anesthesia or…
Obituary: Warren Warwick helped cystic fibrosis patients have longer lives

Obituary: Warren Warwick helped cystic fibrosis patients have longer lives

When Dr. Warren Warwick first started working with cystic fibrosis patients in the 1960s, they often would die in childhood.Today they can live beyond their…

HMO consumer complaints deserve greater scrutiny by Minnesota regulators, audit says

Consumer complaints are said to need monitoring.
Zika risks are low in Minnesota, but surveillance high, officials say

Zika risks are low in Minnesota, but surveillance high, officials say

Twin Cities blood banks are taking steps to prevent the Zika virus from entering the region's blood supply.
Health officials: More Zika cases likely in Minn. but no widespread danger

Health officials: More Zika cases likely in Minn. but no widespread danger

But state health officials urge caution for those traveling to affected areas.
Minnesota woman returning from Honduras tests positive for Zika virus

Minnesota woman returning from Honduras tests positive for Zika virus

A Minnesota woman returning from Honduras has tested positive for the Zika virus, an infection that has sent waves of anxiety through much of Latin…
For MinnesotaCare, a death warrant or a new lease on life?

For MinnesotaCare, a death warrant or a new lease on life?

Two visions emerge for state's low-cost health plan: Expand it, end it
Obituary: Twin Cities financier Steve Mattson was 'good steward' for those in need

Obituary: Twin Cities financier Steve Mattson was 'good steward' for those in need

At an Apple Valley Rotary meeting some years ago, Steve Mattson heard that children in Haiti were dying because of contaminated drinking water. He knew…
Part 2: Alone and at risk in Minnesota's group homes

Part 2: Alone and at risk in Minnesota's group homes

Set up to be safe havens, some group homes for the disabled have become remote "prisons," where residents are vulnerable to violence and neglect.
Minnesota drug registry aims to put lid on abuse of prescriptions

Minnesota drug registry aims to put lid on abuse of prescriptions

How far should state's drug registry program go?
Women are the target of a new medical building boom in Minnesota

Women are the target of a new medical building boom in Minnesota

Minnesota health systems amp up the competition.
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