Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board (EHCIB) - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Environmental Health
Continuous Improvement Board

The Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board (EHCIB) was chartered by the Local Public Health Association (LPHA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to fundamentally advance Minnesota’s state-local partnership in Environmental Health (EH). As of March 24, 2017, the EHCIB is a workgroup of the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC).

 *Elements of the EHCIB’s vision

Board Membership

Dawn Beck, Olmsted County*
Amanda Buell, Hennepin County
Daniel Disrud, Anoka County
Bill Groskreutz, Faribault County Commissioner
Tom Hogan, Minnesota Department of Health*
Jeff Luedeman, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Sarah Reese, Polk County
Ruth Greenslade, Goodhue County
John Tracy, Stearns County
Kris Lee, Countryside Public Health
John Weinand, City of Minnetonka



Electronic Inspection Systems Subgroup

The EHCIB is committed to helping FPLS programs determine the best solution for the current electronic inspection systems challenges. A subgroup was formed to evaluate potential, short-term solutions to address the changes in Rapid Inspection use and support by MDH.

FPLS Statewide Performance Measures

The Food, Pools, and Lodging Services (FPLS) Statewide Performance Measures help a) provide a statewide picture of FPLS in Minnesota and b) help drive statewide improvement efforts. The EHCIB is committed to collecting FPLS statewide performance measures and to improving the measures and process. FPLS statewide performance measures will be revised and collected again in 2019 based on feedback gathered in 2018. More information on how to provide feedback is forthcoming. 

The EHCIB piloted FPLS statewide performance measures in 2017, reporting on 2016 data. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), and locally delegated FPLS programs submitted 2016 data in April-May 2017. The overall response rate was excellent and the data provide, for the first time, a statewide picture of FPLS in Minnesota. Statewide results are available at the link below. Local results were emailed to FPLS program managers and/or CHS Administrators/PH Directors.

2019 Reporting - Update

FPLS statewide performance measures will be reported again in spring 2019 (2018 data). Changes from 2017 reporting (2016 data) include:

  • Only staff qualifications and on-time inspections will be reported
  • Staff qualifications (number of inspectors standardized, etc.) will be reported by agency or jurisdiction. This means multi-jurisdiction FPLS programs will not have to separate staff qualifications information by county as they did in 2017. MDH and MDA will also report staff qualifications overall since staff cover multiple counties
  • On-time inspections will be reported the same as before, by county. MDH and MDA will provide their on-time inspections data by county as well.
  • Conversations will be conducted with public health leaders and FPLS program staff across the state. These conversations will help to identify potential statewide performance measures that demonstrate FPLS’ impact on reducing the risk of illness. Watch for more information about how to participate

More information will be forthcoming. Please contact your EHCIB representative with questions.

2017 Reporting

FPLS Program Re-evaluation Process and Feedback

In response to wide-spread concern and frustration, the Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board developed and adopted the following re-evaluation process document:

Programs that participated in the FPLS program re-evaluation process provided feedback about the process through interviews conducted by MDH Public Health Practice Section staff. The following is a summary of their feedback:

FPLS Program Evaluation Workgroup

The EHCIB is committed to improving the FPLS program evaluation process. The following is the approved charter for and membership of the workgroup charged with developing the metrics and tools to support the new FPLS program evaluation process.

FPLS Program Evaluation Workgroup Meeting Information

    Upcoming meetings
  • To be determined
Past meetings

Statement of Support

The Environmental Continuous Improvement Board issued the following Statement of Support outlining their commitment to Minnesota’s state-local environmental health partnership.

Work Plan

Meeting Materials

Upcoming Meetings:

These meetings will occur from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend! There are two ways to join the meetings: 1) in person at Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust in St. Paul (free parking is available) or 2) remotely via your mobile device or computer using this Vidyo link. (Vidyo works best in the Chrome or Internet Explorer web browsers or via the mobile app. If you experience any issues, contact the VidyoNow Helpdesk, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., at 651-431-2070.)

  • 2019
    • January 3, 2019
    • March 7, 2019
    • May 2, 2019
    • July 11, 2019
    • September 5, 2019
    • November 7, 2019

November 1, 2018

September 6, 2018

July 26, 2018

May 3, 2018

March 1, 2018

January 4, 2018

November 8, 2017

September 13, 2017

July 12, 2017

May 3, 2017

March 8, 2017

January 11, 2017

2016 Archived Meeting Materials

Older meeting documents are available upon request by calling 651-201-4571 or sending an email to: health.ophp@state.mn.us


Updated Friday, November 30, 2018 at 06:55AM