Statutes Related to the Local Public Health Act

In addition to the Local Public Health Act there are a number of other state statutes which impact the administration and governance of public health in Minnesota.

Chapter 144. Department of Health

This describes the general authority of the Commissioner of Health as the state's chief public health official, explaining that the Commissioner is, "responsible for the development and maintenance of an organized system of programs and services for protecting, maintaining, and improving the health of the citizens" (§ 144.05, subd. 1):

Chapter 402. County Human Services Boards

This has important implications for the administration and governance of local public health in Minnesota in that a human services board legally organized under this statute can take the place of a community health board (as outlined under Minn. Stat. § 145A). While human service boards under this statute are not held to the 30,000 minimum population requirement as specified for community health boards, they must meet all other requirements outlined in Minn. Stat. § 145A including community assessment, and planning, annual reporting, and assuring that the essential public health services are met within the jurisdiction:

Administrative Rules 4736.0110. Personnel Standards

This part establishes minimum standards for training, experience, and skill for the community health services administrator under Minn. Stat. § 145A.09 to § 145A.13: