County Health Rankings - Minnesota Dept. of Health

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.

Media Inquiries
Resources for Minnesota Counties
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
About the Rankings
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The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.

That is why we also provide the Roadmaps that provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action. The Roadmaps are helping communities bring people together from all walks of life to look at the many factors that influence health, focus on strategies that we know work, learn from each other, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health.

Minnesota Media Inquiries

Michael Schommer, Communications
651-201-4998 |

Scott Smith, Communications
651-201-5806 |

Resources for Minnesota Counties

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Webinars & Resources
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has a number of webinars and presentations to help you understand the Rankings themselves, as well as learn about action opportunities building off of the Rankings.

Local Public Health News Release Template (DOC)

Local Public Health Talking Points (PDF)

Talking to Media (PDF)

Coaching from the UW Population Health Institute
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program has three Community Engagement Specialists to help communities put the County Health Rankings into action to improve community health. Together, they have developed the Roadmaps to Health Action Center, which includes tools and guidance to help communities put the Rankings into action. They are also available to consult with communities via phone or email.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Us

Local Public Health in Minnesota: Data Assistance
Ann Kinney, MDH Center for Health Statistics
651-201-5946 |

Local Public Health in Minnesota: Messaging and Media
Scott Smith, MDH Communications
651-201-5806 |

Local Public Health in Minnesota: All Other Questions
Becky Buhler, MDH Center for Public Health Practice
651-201-5795 |

About the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The County Health Rankings are not produced or published by the Minnesota Department of Health.