Public Health has launched a comprehensive community health assessment and improvement project called the Healthy Dakota Initiative. The Community Partners steering group includes representatives from key partner organizations, including hospitals, clinics, schools and nonprofits, as well as the County’s Human Services Advisory Committee.
The community health assessment will include information from the Community Health Profiles produced by the Public Health Department and the health priorities identified in 2009. The assessment will also incorporate information provided by the 1,306 respondents to the Community Health Opinion Survey. A summary of the survey results will be posted in June.
The community health assessment and improvement project is designed to meet the requirements for Local Public Health grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Public Health Accreditation process. The assessment and improvement plans will be completed by fall 2014.
For more information, contact Melanie Countryman, epidemiologist at 651-554-6131.