Local Public Health Act

Minnesota Statute § 145A

The Local Public Health Act outlines the shared public health responsibilities of the state and local governments in Minnesota and establishes accountability for funding on statewide initiatives, provides guidelines for assessment and planning, requires documented progress toward the achievement of statewide goals, and assigns oversight of the statewide system to the commissioner of health.

The community health board (CHB) is the legally recognized governing body for local public health in Minnesota. It is the only governmental entity eligible for funding under the Local Public Health Act grant. CHBs work in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to prevent disease, protect against environmental hazards, promote healthy behaviors and healthy communities, respond to disasters, ensure access to health services, and assure an adequate local public health infrastructure. CHBs have statutory responsibility under the Local Public Health Act and must address and implement the essential local public health activities.

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