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 initial phase of the project will focus on identifying health issues and concerns through a community health assessment (read our last assessment). Based on analysis of the data, the steering committee will prioritize health concerns in the county. The community health assessment will also provide the foundation for the second phase of the initiative — developing a community health improvement plan that targets a few top priority concerns.
The Steering Committee includes representatives from key partner organizations, including hospitals, clinics, schools and nonprofits. A list of committee members will be available soon.