Assessment, Planning, & Measurement

Office of Performance Improvement

Assessment and planning are foundational strategies used in public health, and include using data to understand factors affecting the health of the population (assessment), developing and implementing plans to address those issues, and monitoring progress toward goals. The Office of Performance Improvement:

  • leads the agency strategic planning process and coordinates implementation of strategic initiatives and projects;
  • co-manages the Healthy Minnesota Partnership, which has conducted a statewide health assessment and a statewide health improvement plan;
  • supports local health assessment and planning by developing tools, and providing training and technical assistance;
  • provides leadership and coordination for the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC);
  • provides professional staff support and policy analysis for SCHSAC workgroups formed to address issues of shared state and local concern; and
  • Provides guidance and staff support for the annual CHS Conference.

Assessment, Planning, and Reporting

Icon Local Public Health Assessment and Planning
All Minnesota community health boards (CHBs) are required to engage in assessment and planning to yield local public health priorities and focus local resources.
Icon Local Public Health Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System (PPMRS)
Minnesota CHBs report into PPMRS in order to describe key aspects of the state's public health system, provide consistent and accurate information that can be used to improve delivery of public health, and meet the requirements of the Local Public Health Act.


Icon State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC)
SCHSAC advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Commissioner of Health on matters relating to the development, funding, and evaluation of community health services in Minnesota.
Icon Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network
The Research to Action Network was created to produce important new insights and relevant findings that can be used by practitioners and elected officials to improve public health services, organizations, and systems, and ultimately improve the health of Minnesotans.
Icon Healthy Minnesota Partnership
The Healthy Minnesota Partnership brings community partners and the Minnesota Department of Health together to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in Minnesota.

Annual Conference

Icon Annual Community Health Conference
The Community Health Conference is a long standing, annual event for Minnesota's public health community, and is designed to build skill and capacity in Minnesota's local public health system while also providing an opportunity for local public health staff to share the innovative work occurring in their communities.
Icon Community Health Awards
The annual Community Health Awards recognize and acknowledge individuals or groups who make significant contributions to public health in Minnesota. Recognition of these accomplishments by elected officials and local and state public health staff is a long standing and honorable tradition of the annual Community Health Conference.


Icon County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the state, and illustrate that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live.
Icon Minnesota's Public Health Workforce
OPI serves as a focal point for issues related to public health practice, including participating in state and national discussions of performance standards, public health competencies, and the ten essential public health services. Learn more about the state's public health workforce here.
Icon Health Plan Collaboration Plans
Minnesota’s licensed health plans must submit a plan to the Commissioner of Health every five years describing how they will collaborate with Community Health Boards and other community health-related organizations to achieve high-priority public health goals in the communities they serve.