Local Public Health Staff, Operations, Capacity, and Support
Public Health Nurse Consultants: Public Health Nurse Consultants are members of the MDH Center for Public Health Practice who offer consultation and technical assistance in their specific region of Minnesota, while building supportive relationships with local public health.
Training & Webinars: The MDH Center for Public Health Practice hosts a number of online and in-person training and technical assistance sessions throughout the year, on topics like assessment and planning, QI and performance management, reporting, and more.
Community Health Conference: The Community Health Conference is held each autumn in Northern Minnesota, allowing 400+ local elected officials; local, state and tribal public health staff; and community partners to meet and discuss emerging and established topics in public health practice.
Accreditation & Reaccreditation: The Minnesota Department of Health is accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). A number of local public health departments are also in the process of applying for accreditation, or have achieved accreditation. What does this mean for local public health, tribal public health, and the State of Minnesota?
Public Health Core Competencies: Center for Public Health Practice staff will offer the Core Competencies Assessment in October and May each year. Staff will work with interested community health boards to administer the assessment, analyze the results, facilitate a prioritization process with community health board leadership, and consult on incorporating findings into a workforce development plan or training plan.
Community Health Awards: The annual Community Health Awards recognize and acknowledge individuals or groups who make significant contributions to public health in Minnesota.
Other Key Resources
The MDH Center for Public Health Practice maintains a number of resources online. If you're looking for a handbook, fact sheet, presentation slides, or more, the center's publication database is a good place to start.
- Community Health Services Mailbag (job posts, upcoming events, and announcements/general information)
- CHS Administration Handbook
- SCHSAC Member Handbook and Resources
- Considerations for Shared Governance Structures (PDF)
- Community Engagement
- Public Health Leader Orientation and Resource Guide
- Public Health Nurse Orientation and Resource Guide
- Medical Consultant Handbook
- Local Public Health Assessment and Planning (LPHAP) Process & Deliverables
- Quality Improvement & Performance Management
- Local Public Health Act
- Annual Reporting
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