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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.

Metro SHAPE 2014 Survey
Eight public health departments, including Dakota County Public Health, are conducting a voluntary, confidential survey as part of ongoing efforts to determine the health status and needs of the community. For more information about the Metro SHAPE 2014 survey, visit

Other sources of health data

Metro Adult Health Survey Data Book (2010)
Metro Public Health Analysts Network (MPHAN)
Minnesota County Health Tables
Minnesota Student Survey (2013)
Healthy Minnesota 2020: Statewide Health Improvement Framework

Last updated: 10/15/2015 9:46 AM