Public Health Data

Data/Epidemiology Infrastructure Project

The Minnesota Public Health system, along with the rest of the nation, has been working on a new framework of needed skills and abilities (known as foundational capabilities) that every public health agency should be able to offer to their constituents. This framework includes 9 foundational capabilities, including data and epidemiology (see the image below).   The Partnership4Health Community Health Board (comprised of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties) was awarded a grant in May 2022 from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to strengthen and create a public health system for the 21st century using this framework. Our project area is specifically looking at increasing  our public health departments’ capability around data and epidemiology. These innovative projects will be used to explore ways to pilot this framework, as a statewide effort to modernize our public health system. Partnership4Health was one of only 16 grants awarded across the state! Creating Healthy Communities Chart

Partnership4Health Infrastructure project

Increase capacity in data and epidemiology across jurisdicmap of mntions while building data-sharing and disease reporting relationships across state borders

Partnership4Health will build its capacity in data and epidemiology through a shared staff position across four health departments within the jurisdiction. This role will collaborate to support community health board and county needs, and will allow for active data review and necessary surveillance. In addition, a key component to this role will be building ongoing relationships with North Dakota partners on ways to improve data sharing and disease reporting. This approach will help Minnesota explore the right fit for coordination between partners at the state, regional, and local level, and will generate insights about cross-border relationships and coordination. Partnership4Health includes Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties

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Public Health Assessment and Planning

Partnership4Health Community Health Assessment (CHA) 2018-2024

At least every five years, Partnership4Health conducts a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to learn more about the health of our community. Local stakeholders such as hospitals, clinics, county administrators, commissioners, community organizations, and community members are invited to engage in this process as a collaborative effort. Several data sources are utilized to develop the CHA, including community surveys developed with healthcare systems, data obtained from stakeholder meetings, data from the MN student surveys, data obtained from the MN Department of Health, and the CDC, etc. Partnership4Health facilitates an evidence-based process to identify priority health issues in our communities based on the analysis of data obtained through the CHA process; this analysis is then used to inform priority action steps for the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). 

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Partnership4Health Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2020-2024

The 2020-2024 P4H-CHB CHIP systematically addresses priority issues identified during the 2018-2019 Community Health Assessment (CHA). Analysis of health, social, and economic data as well as community input led to the identification of the top health priorities: Mental Well-Being and Dental Access. The CHIP details objectives, strategies, and action steps for public health and community partner actions aimed at these priority areas.

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Partnership4Health Strategic Plan (2019-2024)

The strategic plan defines a community health board’s roles, priorities, and direction over three to five years. It determines what the organization plans to achieve, how the organization will achieve it, and how the organization will know what has been achieved. The strategic plan guides decision-making on allocating resources and pursuing strategies and priorities. The community health board’s strategic plan focuses on the entire community health board (Source: PHAB Standard 5.3 [PDF]).

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Public Health Data Sources

County Health Rankings

Census Data Quick Facts

County Health Tables

Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment

Substance Use and Overdose Profiles

Minnesota Student Survey

Disease and Conditions