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Community Health Assessment

The Dakota County Community Health Assessment provides a comprehensive picture of health in the County. The report updates residents about health issues that impact the quality of life and cause illness, injury, and death. The community health assessment summarizes the top health concerns reported by residents, and examines trends and issues that impact community health.

The community health assessment is a key component that the Healthy Dakota Initiative will use to establish health priorities and identify strategies to improve health in the county. 

2013 Dakota County Community Health Assessment (published January 2014)

Community Health Profiles
Community Health Profiles are two-page summaries that provide current information about health issues and concerns in Dakota County. Download the complete set or individual profiles.

Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Chronic Disease
Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Health
Health Care Access
Infectious Disease
Maternal  Child Health
Mental Health
Physical Activity
Public Health Infrastructure
Tobacco Use
Unintentional Injuries

Download the references for the Community Health Profiles.

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

Breastfeeding in Dakota County – 2015 Assessment
Dakota County Public Health conducted an assessment of breastfeeding in Dakota County. It recognizes trends in breastfeeding initiation and duration rates and considers high-risk populations and those with disparities in health outcomes.  The assessment utilized a variety of data sources, including local surveys, vital statistics, and other local, state, and national databases, to identify factors and trends that impact breastfeeding. These trends include health care, legislation, media and community resources. BreastfeedingCommunityAssessment.pdfView the report.

Metro SHAPE 2014 Survey
Metro SHAPE (Survey of the Health of All the Population and the Environment) is a joint project by eight public health departments that identifies local health issues in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Participating public health agencies include the City of Bloomington, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Scott County, St. Paul-Ramsey County, and Washington County. The results from the Metro SHAPE 2014 survey are available online.

Other sources of health data

Metro Public Health Analysts Network (MPHAN)
Minnesota County Health Tables
Minnesota Student Survey (2013)
Healthy Minnesota 2020: Statewide Health Improvement Framework

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