Requirements - Local Public Health Act - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Statute Requirements for the Local Public Health Act

Community health boards have statutory responsibility under the Local Public Health Act.

Accountability Requirements
2017 Performance-Related Accountability Measure

Population Requirements

Community health boards must:

  • Identify local public health priorities and implement activities to address those priorities and the areas of public health responsibility;
  • Submit a community health assessment and community health improvement plan (at least every five years);
  • Implement a performance management process; and
  • Annually report on a set of performance measures.

The Local Public Health Assessment and Planning process helps community health boards complete community health assessments and community health improvement plans, and Annual Reporting ensures community health boards can use accurate information to improve public health.

Accountability Requirements

The Local Public Health Act (Minn. Stat. § 145A.131) outlines the accountability requirements for community health boards. Compliance is a requirement for community health boards accepting Local Public Health Act grant funds.

There are two components to compliance: statutory requirements, and performance-related accountability requirements.

The 2017 Performance-Related Accountability Measure is:

Measure 5.2.4: Monitor and revise, as needed, the strategies in the community health improvement plan (CHIP), in collaboration with broad participation from stakeholders and partners.

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Population Requirements

The Local Public Health Act requires each community health board to serve a population of at least 30,000 people. If a single county doesn't meet the population requirement, it can form a community health board with one or more neighboring counties. If a community health board serves three or more contiguous counties, the minimum population requirement does not apply.

The number of community health boards in the system has varied over time and is subject to change. Community health boards are required to have a community health services administrator and a medical consultant. Members of the community health board are either elected or appointed; the membership, composition, and business practices of community health boards vary throughout the state