State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC)

MDH Committees with SCHSAC Representation

The following MDH committees include a representative also serving on SCHSAC:


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.

SCHSAC Representative:
Karen Ahmann, Mahnomen County Commissioner

Program Contact(s):
Jeannette Raymond, MDH Office of Performance Improvement
Dorothy Bliss, MDH Office of Performance Improvement


State Preventive Health Advisory Committee

The State Preventive Health Advisory Committee is a federally mandated committee associated with the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, chaired by the Commissioner of Health.

SCHSAC Representative: Marcia Ward, Winona County Commissioner

Program Contact(s):
Becky Buhler, MDH Office of Performance Improvement
Peggy Malinowski, MDH Office of Performance Improvement


Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network Steering Committee

The Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network is a partnership of SCHSAC, Minnesota Local Public Health Association, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and MDH. The 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.

SCHSAC Representative:
Lowell Johnson, Washington Public Health and Environment

Program Contact(s):
Kim Gearin, MDH Office of Performance Improvement
Beth Gyllstrom, MDH Office of Performance Improvement


Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board

The Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board was chartered by the Minnesota Local Public Health Association and MDH to fundamentally advance Minnesota's state-local partnership in Environmental Health (EH). The board will initially work on current Food, Pools and Lodging Services challenges and then work more broadly to monitor and advance state-local work in EH.

SCHSAC Representative:
Bill Groskreutz, Faribault County Commissioner

Program Contact(s):
Britta Orr, Minnesota Local Public Health Association
Tom Hogan, MDH Environmental Health Division


Food Safety Partnership of Minnesota

The Food Safety Partnership (FSP) is a consortium of environmental health professionals, industry partners, and other stakeholders working together to protect the public health in the area of food safety. Anyone who would like to receive regular resource mailings, meeting and training invitations and a quarterly newsletter on food safety topics is welcome to join FSP by subscribing to its listserv.

SCHSAC Representative:
Susan Morris, Isanti County Commissioner

Program Contact(s):
Jennifer Rief, MDH Environmental Health Division


Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Advisory Task Force was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1982 to advise the Commissioner of Health on the health care services/needs of maternal and child health populations in Minnesota, on the use of funds for maternal and child health and children with special health needs administered through MDH, and the priorities and goals for maternal and child health activities.

SCHSAC Representative:
Susan Morris, Isanti County Commissioner

Program Contact(s):
Susan Castellano, MDH Division of Community and Family Health