Public Health launched a comprehensive community health assessment and improvement project called the Healthy Dakota Initiative. The vision for the Healthy Dakota Initiative is health and well-being for all in Dakota County.
The Healthy Dakota Initiative values:
- Connectedness: Strong community connections promote optimum well-being.
- Engagement: Individuals, families, groups and organizations actively participate in creating a healthy community.
- Inclusiveness: All who live or work in Dakota County — regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status — have multiple opportunities to maximize their health.
Improving the health of Dakota County
The Healthy Dakota Initiative steering committee will update community health priorities following a review of the data included in the 2013 Dakota County Community Health Assessment report. The Healthy Dakota Initiative is seeking input from the public on the draft reports through Nov. 21, 2013.
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.
The Steering Committee includes representatives from key partner organizations, including hospitals, clinics, schools and nonprofits as well as the County’s Human Services Advisory Committee:
- Joan Bertelsen, Independent School District 196 – Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan
- Brian Carlson, City of Burnsville Fire Department
- Barb Doherty, Dakota County Human Services Advisory Committee
- Linda Feist, Dakota County Human Services Advisory Committee
- Tammy Hayes, Northfield Hospital and Long Term Care Center
- Peggy Johnson, Dakota Electric Association
- Mary Kaphings, Fairview Ridges Hospital
- Connie Marsolek, Park Nicollet Clinic - Burnsville
- Sal Mondelli, 360 Communities
- Juli Seydell Johnson, City of Eagan Parks and Recreation Department
- Karen Strauman, Regina Medical Center