A great deal of the work performed by SCHSAC and its members is actually conducted through workgroups. Each workgroup usually meets for one to three years, depending on its charge and duties.
Tips for Workgroup Chairs
- 2017-present: Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board (EHCIB)
- 2017-present: Disease Prevention and Control Continuous Improvement Board (in development)
- 2011-present: Performance Improvement Steering Committee
- 2011-present: Public Health Emergency Preparedness Oversight Group
2016: MDH Technical Assistance Ad Hoc Group
Charge: Describe the current level of state-local interaction and technical assistance, engage in conversations to gain a shared understanding of current capacity and roles, and identify strategies for moving forward.
2015-2016: Advancing Health Equity Workgroup
Charge: The SCHSAC Advancing Health Equity Workgroup will be convened in July, 2015, to provide local elected officials and local public health leaders with the language, understanding, and practical help to advance health equity throughout Minnesota’s public health system. Emphasis will be on identifying and developing ways to integrate health equity into public health policies and practice.
Local public health has a critical role to play in addressing health equity issues and eliminating health disparities. The workgroup will provide a forum to promote tangible steps community health boards, the Minnesota Department of Health, and community partners can take to improve the opportunity for all Minnesotans to be healthy.
2012-2015: Local Public Health Act Workgroup
- Minnesota Legislature Passes Revisions to Local Public Health Act (PDF)
- Strengthening and Streamlining the Local Public Health Act (PDF)
- Updating Minnesota's Local Public Health Act: Ensuring the Continued Success of a Strong Public Health System (PDF)
Charge: The workgroup addressed the following priorities, previously identified in a 2012 working session with state and local stakeholders: strengthen public health leadership; define core public health services; clearly describe the duties of a community health board; and articulate expectations regarding performance management. The workgroup developed specific language to propose for inclusion in revisions to Minn. Stat. § 145A and/or the accompanying administrative rules, and presented them to SCHSAC.
2012-2013: Mental Health Workgroup
Charge: Work collaboratively to envision a new way of thinking about mental health from a population-based perspective, and articulate next steps for further developing a role for public health in addressing mental health.
2012: Disease Prevention & Control Common Activities Framework Ad Hoc Group
Final Report (revised July 2015): Disease Prevention and Control Common Activities Framework
Charge: Review the existing DP&C Framework and reaffirm that it lays out a minimum set of disease prevention and control activities that are to be carried out by all local public health agencies and MDH. Update the DP&C Framework based on current practice and tools, and determine how to best align it with the national voluntary public health accreditation standards.
2012: Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup
Final Report: Assessment of Health and Climate Preparedness (PDF)
Charge: Review available science and literature on climate change and public health, develop and review results from a survey of local public health departments' abilities to address climate change, and make recommendations on next steps for strategic planning for climate change.
2010-2013: Building Health Information Exchange Capacity Workgroup
Other Products: Other Tools, Resources, and Examples of EHR/HIE
Charge: Recommend standardized methods for exchanging local public health data as required by state laws that mandated local health departments to have interoperable electronic health records systems by January 2015.
2010: CHAAP Process Evaluation Ad Hoc Group
CHAAP: Community Health Assessment and Action Planning
Final Report: Recommendations for the 2010-2014 CHAAP Cycle (PDF)
Charge: Review the findings of the 2005-2009 CHAAP Process Evaluation conducted by Minnesota Department of Health staff, and if necessary make recommendations for modification of the next CHAAP process and/or tools for the next five-year CHAAP cycle (2010-2014).
2010: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Ad Hoc Group
Charge: Promote coordinated communications within Minnesota about the County Health Rankings and equip community health boards with the information and tools necessary to engage in meaningful conversations about the Rankings at the local level. No final report produced.
2010: Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup
Charge: Review progress to date in the development of statewide local capacity for responding to public health emergencies. Provide input and make recommendations on issues related to the next phase of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) programs including as grant duties, funding formula, organizational issues, measurement of progress/outcomes, regional projects, and tier classifications. The work of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup is carried on via the PHEP Oversight Group.
2010: Statewide Local Public Health Objectives Workgroup
Charge: Develop a set of statewide public health measures for the local public health system every five years. Directed by Minn. Stat. § 145A.12, subd. 7(e).
2010: Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup
Charge: Examine national standards developed by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for state and local health departments, explore their implications for Minnesota, and make recommendations.
2009-2010: Blueprint for Successful Local Health Departments Workgroup
Final Report (December 2010): Updating Minnesota's Blueprint for Public Health (PDF)
Charge: Answer the following questions: What makes a strong local public health organization? What factors contribute to its success? How do different "operating environments" (e.g., the unique local mix of politics, finances, and geography) influence public health outcomes for the community?