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
Health Care Access
Maternal Child Health
Public Health Infrastructure
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. View 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. View the report.
The metrowide results from the Metro SHAPE 2014 survey are available online.
Somali Mental Health Needs Assessment
A final report is available for professionals and the public. The report covers background, methodology, and culturally specific recommendations. View the report.
Healthy Comprehensive Planning
Checklist: Comprehensive Planning for a Health Community
Minnesota Food Charter Food Access Planning Guide
Other sources of health data
Metro Public Health Analysts Network (MPHAN)
Minnesota County Health Tables
Minnesota Student Survey
Healthy Minnesota 2020: Statewide Health Improvement Framework