10 Most Important Community Health Issues - Local Public Health Assessment and Planning - Minnesota Dept. of Health

2010-2014: Ten Most Important Community Health Issues

A community health assessment provides the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community; it identifies and describes: (1) the health status of the community, (2) the factors that contribute to health challenges, and (3) existing community assets and resources that the community can mobilize to improve the health status of its residents.

In Spring 2015, Minnesota's 48 community health boards (CHBs) reported the 10 most important community health issues, identified through their community health assessment.

While MDH did not require CHBs to submit their community health assessments, some CHBs have opted to post their community health assessment on their own websites. Find your CHB.

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Minnesota's Most Important Community Health Issues

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Statewide/By Region: Summary: Minnesota's Most Important Community Health Issues (PDF)

All CHBs: 10 Most Important Community Health Issues (PDF)

Statewide Health Issues

Community health issues most frequently identified as most important by Minnesota's 48 CHBs.

CHBs
(n=48)
Issue Area of Responsibility
83% Obesity Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
77% Mental health/well-being Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
58% Chronic disease Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
54% Physical activity Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
44% Alcohol Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
42% Parenting-family systems Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
40% Tobacco and secondhand smoke Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
38% Income/poverty Other community health issues
35% Eating habits Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors
35% Access to mental health services Assure the quality and accessibility of health services

Regional Health Issues

Community health issues most frequently identified as most important in each region.

Northwest (n=3)

  • Obesity (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)

West Central (n=2)

(tied) In no particular order:

  • Chronic disease (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)
  • Parenting-family systems (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)
  • Access to mental health services (Assure the quality and accessibility of health services)
  • Income/poverty (Other community health issues)

Southwest (n=5)

  • Obesity (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)

South Central (n=6)

  • Obesity (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)

Northeast (n=2)

(tied) In no particular order:

  • Mental health/well-being (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)
  • Obesity (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)
  • Physical activity (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)
  • Eating habits (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)
  • Uninsured/under-insured (Assure the quality and accessibility of health services)

Central (n=10)

  • Mental health/well-being (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)

Metro (n=11)

  • Mental health/well-being (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)

Southeast (n=9)

  • Mental health/well-being (Promote healthy communities and healthy behaviors)

See Also

Community Health Assessments: Overview, How To, and More