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Health Priorities

The Healthy Dakota Initiative Steering Committee met in February 2014 to review the findings from the Community Health Assessment and to consider public input from the Community Health Opinion Survey. The committee evaluated community health issues on a number of dimensions, including extent of the problem, seriousness of the health issue, availability of community, range of effective interventions, and degree of differences in the impact on various population groups.

The Steering Committee identified the following three health issues as planning priorities for Dakota County:   

  • Healthy Start for Children and Adolescents
  • Physical Activity/Healthy Eating/Obesity
  • Mental Health/Mental Illness


The next step will be to form community health action teams to develop plans to address these health issues in Dakota County.

For more information, contact Public Health Epidemiologist Melanie Countryman at 651-554-6131.

Last updated: 2/24/2014 10:19 AM