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Publications from the Center for Public Health Practice

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Relevant Challenges and Considerations for Public Health Nursing Practice (PDF)

Rev. April 2017 | Minnesota Public Health Nursing Practice Council, MDH Center for Public Health Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

This document systematically identifies and explains concepts relevant to PHN practice, and provides a step-by-step process for a PHN to use when sorting through complex practice situations that have challenging nursing practice implications.

Final Report from the SCHSAC MDH Technical Assistance Ad Hoc Group (PDF)

March 2017 | SCHSAC MDH Technical Assistance Ad Hoc Group

This workgroup met to 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.

Public Health Leader Orientation and Resource Guide

Rev. March 2017 | MDH Center for Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

This guide is a joint effort of the Local Public Health Association of Minnesota and MDH Community and Family Health Division. The guide was initially developed in 2004. The orientation plan identifies a number of subject/topic areas that are critical for new public health leaders to have a basic understanding of and knowledge of available resources. The guide incorporates a variety of methodologies and experiences utilizing the expertise of resource people at both the local and state level as well as self-study.

Public Health Systems Development in Minnesota: 2017 Report to the Legislature (PDF)

February 2017 | MDH Center for Public Health Practice

This legislative report on the state of Minnesota’s local public health system has been published every two years since 1992. The statute that requires this report calls for it to update how the state’s public health system is meeting its responsibility to deliver core public health activities to the people of Minnesota. Further, it asks that the Minnesota Department of Health identify underperforming health departments and make recommendations on the amount of funding and assistance needed in order to elevate those health departments to an acceptable level.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, the field of public health has increased its understanding of how to ensure highfunctioning health departments, and how to measure their performance. In 2012, the annual statewide reporting system for Minnesota was revamped to utilize new, standardized national public health performance measures. Minnesota’s public health system is gaining a better understanding of the staffing, financing, and performance of local health departments.

As a result, the disparities that exist in the system have been laid bare. Read more (PDF)...

Information to Action: Using Data to Improve the Public Health System (PDF)

Dec. 2016 | SCHSAC Performance Improvement Steering Committee

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting; Assessment and Planning; Emergency Preparedness; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This annual issue brief explores the top priorities from local public health annual reporting, as identified by the SCHSAC Performance Improvement Steering Committee.

PHEP Funding Formula Recommended Revisions Overview

Sept. 2016 | SCHSAC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Oversight Group

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

2016 Performance-Related Accountability Requirements

ImgJune 2016 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This webinar provides an overview of the 2016 Performance-Related Accountability Requirement, which is Public Health Accreditation Board Measure 5.2.4, monitoring and revising the community health improvement plan (CHIP) with community partners.

Introduction to Performance Management

ImgJune 2016 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This webinar will teach participants to summarize the components of performance management, identify examples of performance management components, and apply performance management to a public health service, program, or process.

2015 SCHSAC Annual Report (PDF)

March 2016 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and PerformanUce Management; Workforce

This report summarizes 2015 SCHSAC activities.

Public Health Practice Training (Part 1): Overview of the Minnesota Public Health System

ImgFeb. 2016 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): PHN Practice

These webinars provide local public health staff with an overview of public health practice in Minnesota.

How to Navigate REDCap

ImgFeb. 2016 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Annual Reporting

This webinar provides community health boards with information about the REDCap reporting system, including how to successfully enter LPH Act performance measure data into REDCap.

Writing Good Goals and Smart Objectives

ImgJan. 2016 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This webinar is intended to aid local public health departments in writing goals and objectives for the Local Public Health Assessment and Planning process deliverables.

Information to Action: Using Data to Improve the Public Health System (PDF)

Jan. 2016 | SCHSAC Performance Improvement Steering Committee

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting; Assessment and Planning; Emergency Preparedness; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This annual issue brief explores the top priorities from local public health annual reporting, as identified by the SCHSAC Performance Improvement Steering Committee.

Key Themes: 2014 Local Public Health Act Performance Measures

Dec. 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting

This annual issue brief reviews key themes from 2014 local public health annual reporting.

Expenditures Summary for Minnesota's Community Health Services System in 2014 (PDF)

Nov. 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2014 expenditures of the Community Health Services (CHS) System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

Workforce Summary for Minnesota's Community Health Services System in 2014 (PDF)

Nov. 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2014 staffing information for the Community Health Services (CHS) System, submitted by Minnesota's community health boards to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Public Health Nurse Resource and Orientation Guide

Nov. 2015 | Minnesota Public Health Nursing Practice Council and MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): PHN Practice

The Orientation and Resource Guide is a joint effort of the Minnesota Public Health Nursing Practice Council and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Health Partnership Division. The Orientation Guide identifies a number of subject/topic areas that are critical for public health nurses (PHNs) to have a basic understanding of and includes a compendium of related resources. The orientation plan incorporates a variety of methodologies and experiences utilizing the expertise of resource people at both the local and state level as well as self-study.

Minnesota's Most Important Community Health Issues (PDF)

Oct. 2015

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Community Engagement

This poster illustrates the community health issues identified as most important by Minnesota community health boards in Spring 2015.

10 Most Important Community Health Issues: 2010-2015 Local Public Health Assessment and Planning Cycle (PDF)

Oct. 2015

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Community Engagement

This report illustrates the community health issues identified as most important, organized by community health board, as reported by Minnesota community health boards in Spring 2015.

Minnesota's Public Health Standards Most in Need of Improvement (PDF)

Oct. 2015

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Assessment and Planning

This poster illustrates the national public health standards identified as most in need of improvement by Minnesota community health boards in Spring 2015.

2014 Local Public Health Act Performance Measures Databook (PDF)

Sept. 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Health Care Access; Health Equity; Health Information Technology/e-Health; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This data book provides system results of local responses to 2014 Local Public Health Act performance measures, for all six areas of responsibility.

Finance and Grant Update for Local Public Health

ImgAug. 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

Topics include: Overview of grants at MDH, new MDH interect policy, subcontracting guidelines, invoice naming, impact of new federal guidelines on master grant contract

Disease Prevention & Control Common Activities Framework

rev. July 2015 | SCHSAC DP&C Framework Ad Hoc Group

Subject(s): Communicable Disease

The DP&C Common Activities Framework, first approved by SCHSAC in 1998, is the foundation for local public health providing disease surveillance, prevention, and control resources and services as mandated by Minn. Stat. § 145A, the Local Public Health Act.

Records Retention Series

ImgJune 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

These webinars are part of a series for local public health staff to become familiar with the basics of records management, retention schedules, and proper destruction of records:

  1. Records and Information Management
  2. Records Retention Schedule
  3. Preserving and Disposing of Government Records

Implementing Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs): Ways to Partner with Health Plans

ImgMay 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Community Engagement

This webinar can help new public health staff learn about opportunities for collaboration with health plans, including health plan resources that complement CHIP and accreditation efforts, opportunities for partnerships, and highlights of the Minnesota Health Plan Collaboration Plan.

Ten New Things about WIC Data

ImgApril 2015 | MDH Community and Family Health Division

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning, Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

MDH WIC staff provide a brief overview of the WIC Information System, and introduce new reports, maps, and report templates that are available online or through local WIC agencies.

2014 SCHSAC Annual Report (PDF)

March 2015 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This report summarizes 2014 SCHSAC activities.

Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2015 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2015 | MDH Health Partnerships Division, Public Health Practice Section

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

Healthy Minnesota 2020 Update: 2014 Annual Report of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership (PDF)

Dec. 2014 | Healthy Minnesota Partnership

Subject(s): Community Engagement; Health Equity; PSE

This report reviews 2014 activities of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership, which continued to implement the Healthy Minnesota 2020 Framework.

From Information to Action: Using Data to Improve the Public Health System (PDF)

Dec. 2014 | SCHSAC Performance Improvement Steering Committee

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

The Performance Improvement Steering Committee leads efforts to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of Minnesota's governmental public health system. The committee believes that combined efforts to improve locally, serve to gather momentum and strengthen the system as a whole—and will ultimately contribute to population health. In that spirit, the committee reviewed LPH Act performance data with MDH content experts, and identified the following top opportunities for improvement.

Measures Matter: Using Performance Measures to Understand and Improve Local Public Health Capacity and Services (PDF)

Dec. 2014 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Health Care Access; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This report summarizes system-level findings and highlights 2013 data from Minnesota's Local Public Health Act performance measures. Findings from this past reporting cycle suggest the state's public health system performs well on some measures; community health boards vary widely in capacity, services, and performance; there are signs of increasing ability to meet the standards; and there are more opportunities to improve.

Using Data to Tell Your Story

ImgNov. 2014 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Annual Reporting

Presenters from local public health agencies will discuss how they decided what to report in 2014, what they've done with their 2014 community health board-specific reports, how the data was received, with whom it was shared, and lessons learned.

Funding Formula Recommendations for Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Sept. 2014 | SCHSAC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Oversight Group

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

After approval by the SCHSAC on September 17, 2014, a revised funding formula will be used to determine the distribution of federal Public Health Emergency Preparedness funds by the Minnesota Department of Health to community health boards.

SCHSAC Strategic Plan 2014-2018

Sept. 2014 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

SCHSAC typically undertakes a strategic planning process every five to ten years. In 1993 and 2003, the processes were extensive and involved significant data collection activities. The 1993 strategic planning process focused on health reform efforts and served as the basis for several SCHSAC annual work plans. In 2003, the strategic plan integrated the SCHSAC's efforts into one comprehensive statement of future direction for the public health system. In 2008, the SCHSAC Executive Committee agreed the 2003 plan's vision and goals continued to be relevant and opted to "update" rather than develop of a brand new vision, and goals.

Local Public Health Finance and Grant Update

ImgAug. 2014 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

Staff from MDH presented at the Local Public Health Association meeting about upcoming community health board grant-related changes. MDH hosted this webinar to discuss these changes.

Update: Minnesota Legislature Passes Revisions to Local Public Health Act (PDF)

May 2014 | SCHSAC Local Public Health Act Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

On May 15, 2014, the Minnesota House and Senate voted to approve the Health and Human Services (HHS) Omnibus bill (HF2402/SF2087). The HHS Omnibus bill included the Revisions to the Local Public Health Act as proposed by SCHSAC. Governor Dayton is expected to sign the bill into law imminently. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the process to develop the bill and get it passed. It's an excellent example of the state-local public health partnership in action!

Strengthening and Streamlining the Local Public Health Act (PDF)

April 2014 | SCHSAC Local Public Health Act Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

Minnesota's public health system is known as one of the best in the nation due to a strong and long-standing partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health and local public health agencies. This partnership is built upon the strong foundation of the 1976 Local Public Health Act. While it was innovative for its time, much has changed in public health practice over the past 37 years. This bill simplifies and clarifies public health responsibilities, eliminates unnecessary and obsolete language, and aligns the statute with current public health practices.

SCHSAC Overview and Map (PDF)

rev. May 2014 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

The State Community Health Services Advisory Committee, or SCHSAC, was created in 1976 to advise the health commissioner and provide guidance on the development, maintenance, financing, and evaluation of community health services in Minnesota.

2013 SCHSAC Annual Report (PDF)

March 2014 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Information Technology/e-Health; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This report summarizes 2013 SCHSAC activities.

Updating Minnesota's Local Public Health Act: Ensuring the Continued Success of a Strong Public Health System (PDF)

Jan. 2014 | SCHSAC Local Public Health Act Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

In 2012, SCHSAC convened a two-day working session with 30 state and local stakeholders to analyze the current statute, now known as the Local Public Health Act (Minn. Stat. §145A). Working session participants recommended developing specific changes to the statutory language via a SCHSAC workgroup, in order to better reflect current public health practice (that is, keeping what works) and continue to strengthen the state's public health system (fostering continued success).

Expenditures Summary for Minnesota's Community Health Services System in 2012 (PDF)

Jan. 2014 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2012 expenditures of the Community Health Services (CHS) System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

Workforce Summary for Minnesota's Community Health Services System in 2012 (PDF)

Jan. 2014 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2012 staffing information for the Community Health Services (CHS) System, submitted by Minnesota's community health boards to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Community Health Services Administration Handbook

Rev. Jan. 2014 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Community Engagement; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

The CHS Administration Handbook was published 1999, updated in 2000, 2005, and 2009, and revised in 2014. It is intended to provide context for issues frequently encountered by CHS administrators in Minnesota.

Quality Improvement Plans: A How-To Guide

ImgDec. 2013 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

What is a QI plan? Why is it important? Learn the answer to these questions and more from this presentation.

Local Health Department Factors Associated with Performance in the Successful Implementation of Community-Based Strategies (PDF)

Dec. 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Community Engagement; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This study assessed local public health performance during the initial two years of Minnesota's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which funds policy, systems and environmental change strategies at the local level, to examine what factors at the local health department level contribute to success in implementing these community-based interventions.

Local Health Department Factors that Accelerate Population-Based Intervention Implementation (PDF)

Dec. 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Community Engagement; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

SHIP 1.0 represented a major learning curve for most grantees, however those that were able to be flexible and embrace the approach were better able to implement the program.

Final Recommendations of the Building Health Information Exchange Capacity Workgroup (PDF)

Dec. 2013 | SCHSAC Building Health Information Exchange Capacity Workgroup

Subject(s): Health Information Technology/e-Health

SCHSAC charged the Building Health Information Exchange Capacity Workgroup with recommending 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.

Data In, Data Out. Now What?

ImgNov. 2013 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Assessment and Planning

Staff from the MDH Office of Performance Improvement will convene a discussion focused on how local public health administrators have used the community health board reports with key audiences so far and how others can prepare to use the reports in the future.

Improving Mental Health and Well-Being: A Vision for Minnesota's Public Health System (PDF)

Oct. 2013 | SCHSAC Mental Health Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PSE

For myriad reasons, public health approaches to mental health in Minnesota have been tenuous to date. However, there are action steps that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and its partners at both the state and local level can take to strengthen the capacity of the public health system in this regard and improve mental health for all Minnesotans. This report outlines those steps.

Communicating Progress on Minnesota's Local Public Health Act Performance Measures: A Summary of System-Level Infrastructure Findings for 2012 (PDF)

Oct. 2013 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting; Assessment and Planning; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

In 2013, community health boards began reporting into PPMRS on 35 measures from the national standards, and on several Minnesota-specific measures related to workforce competency, organizational quality improvement, and school health. In 2014, community health boards will continue to report on these measures, and will eventually report on the full set of national measures in 2015.

Communicating Progress on Minnesota's Local Public Health Act Performance Measures: Data Book Containing Information Reported into PPMRS for 2012 (PDF)

Oct. 2013 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Accreditation and National Standards; Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Health Care Access; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

The MDH Office of Performance Improvement produced this data book in consultation with the Performance Improvement Steering Committee, a standing SCHSAC committee. The purpose of the data book is to monitor and communicate Local Public Health Act data collected through PPMRS. This data book provides system results for the Infrastructure Public Health Area of Responsibility.

Minnesota MPROVE Study: Overall Findings and State-Specific Analysis (PDF)

Oct. 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This brief highlights Minnesota-specific findings for the Multi-network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination (MPROVE) Study, a multi-state study led by the National PBRN Coordinating Center and engaging public health practice-based research networks (PBRNs) in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

A Snapshot of Findings for 2012 Developmental Measures (PDF)

Oct. 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; PSE

Minnesota capitalized on existing data and data collection systems (PPMRS) to advance the national agenda for public health systems and services research through the Multi-network Practice and Outcome Examination (MPROVE) Study.

Evaluation Plan Template (PDF)

July 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

Program evaluation of policy, system and environmental change strategies is crucial to help understand the impact and implementation of this work. The guidelines below outline the components that should be in any evaluation report.

SCHSAC 2012 Annual Report (PDF)

March 2013 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Communicable Disease; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Information Technology/e-Health; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This report summarizes 2012 SCHSAC activities.

Qualitative Interview Tool: Discussing Public Health Organizational Capacity, Process, and Performance in the Context of Meyer, Davis, Mays PHSSR Conceptual Model (PDF)

May 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; PSE; Workforce

Meyer, Davis and Mays (2012) incorporated organizational capacity constructs into a long-standing conceptual model for Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR). The model places organizational capacity at the local, state and federal levels within the context of macro-content, decision-support and strategic decisions (e.g. policy or program implementation). The model suggests that Organizational Capacity influences Process & Performance, which in turn influences Population Health Outcomes. Their model, which was intended to guide future research, provides the framework for this qualitative interview tool, with a focus on the sub-headings within the Organizational Capacity and Process & Performance portions of the model. In addition, some questions focus on quality improvement activities, which reflect the decision-support needed to improve the Quality domain of Process & Performance.

Analysis of Local Health Department Factors that Accelerate Population-Based Intervention Implementation and Support Success (PDF)

March 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network
Presented to SCHSAC

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

Does integrating QI and having a "culture of quality" lead to a more effective and stronger health department? How can we better structure, finance and staff our lcoal health departments or community health boards to do more population-based public health? To achieve better outcomes?

Multi-network Practice and Outcome Variation Examination (MPROVE) Study (PDF)

Jan. 2013 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Environmental Health; PSE

The MPROVE study capitalizes on existing data and data collection systems in Minnesota to advance the national agenda for public health systems and services research.

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Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2013 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2013 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

Healthy Minnesota 2020: Statewide Health Improvement Framework

Dec. 2012 | Healthy Minnesota Partnership

Subject(s): Community Engagement; Health Equity; PSE

Healthy Minnesota 2020 is a framework for creating and improving health throughout the state of Minnesota, based on the statewide health assessment, The Health of Minnesota, and adopted by the Healthy Minnesota Partnership on July 30, 2012.

See also: The Health of Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment

Community Health Improvement Planning: Adapting MAPP in Minnesota

ImgOct. 2012 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning; Community Engagement

This course will share lessons learned by three local health departments as they have adapted the MAPP process to their settings.

Financing Local Public Health Services in Minnesota: Trends in Local Tax Levy Expenditures (PDF)

Oct. 2012 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

State and local leaders in public health and health care have long called for adequate, stable and flexible funding for local public health services in Minnesota. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine underscores urgency around public health financing nationwide. Emerging research increasingly supports the central role of funding in the performance of public health departments as well as population health outcomes.

2011 Community Health Services System Expenditures Summary Report (PDF)

Sept. 2012 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2011 expenditures of the Community Health Services System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

2011 Community Health Services System Staffing Summary Report (PDF)

Sept. 2012 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2011 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

New Local Public Health Act Performance Measures for the Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System (PPMRS) (PDF)

Sept. 2012 | SCHSAC Performance Improvement Steering Committee

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Health Care Access; Health Information Technology/e-Health; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

In 2010, SCHSAC recommended aligning the PPMRS Local Public Health Act module with the national standards, developing a performance management system, and assisting all community health boards to achieve the national standards.

Data for Counties: County-Level Indicators for Community Health Assessment

ImgAugust 2012 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning

A series of three webinars introduces Minnesota local health departments to the county-level indicators on the MDH website (compiled by the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, or MCHS), and provides training on how to access the data for community health assessments:

  1. County-Level Indicators for Community Health Assessments
  2. What do the Data Say?
  3. Looking for More Answers: Additional Data Sources for Community Health Assessments

Assessment of Health and Climate Preparedness (PDF)

May 2012 | SCHSAC Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup

Subject(s): Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report address the effects of extreme weather events and climate changes on the health of the public and provide recommendations to prevent negative health impacts.

Emerging Leaders Network: Final Report (PDF)

May 2012 | MDH Emerging Leaders Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

This report describes the Emerging Leaders Network of Minnesota, a unique public health leadership development program that, from 2003 to 2011, sought to identify and nurture the public health leaders of tomorrow.

The Health of Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment (PDF)

May 2012 | Healthy Minnesota Partnership

Subject(s): Environmental Health; Health Care Access; Health Equity; PSE

The Statewide Health Assessment was prepared under the auspices of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership, and is an overview of population characteristics, social and economic factors, and health outcomes for the people of Minnesota. This document presents a wide array of indicators and information about statewide influences on health as well as individual indicators of health behaviors and health status.

See also: Healthy Minnesota 2020: Statewide Health Improvement Framework (PDF)

Local Public Health QI Organizational Survey: Executive Summary (PDF)

May 2012 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This brief describes results of the MLC-3 (Multi-State Learning Collaborative) survey related to Minnesota local health department organizational culture, particularly in the context of quality improvement.

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2011 SCHSAC Annual Report (PDF)

Feb. 2012 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Health Information Technology/e-Health; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This report summarizes 2011 SCHSAC activities.

Information Systems, Data Interoperability, and the Requirements for Exchange: Report and Recommendations (PDF)

Dec. 2011 | SCHSAC Building HIE Capacity Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Information Technology/e-Health

The key to effective exchange of public health information is a set of agreed upon data standards to provide a common and consistent way to record information to more easily allow data to be exchanged.

Organizational Culture at MDH: Executive Summary (PDF)

Nov. 2011 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

The Research to Action Network fielded a department-wide survey to MDH relating to QI capacity and organizational culture in June 2011. The survey was designed to serve as a baseline for maturity of QI within the department, as well as identify specific areas in which MDH could strengthen its activities around QI. In addition, questions related to organizational culture and employee empowerment provide opportunities to examine the work culture at MDH and how employees might be supported in their work.

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Factors Associated with Local Public Health Department Performance (PDF)

Oct. 2011 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

The literature related to local public health performance as it pertains to the organization, financing, structure, size and capacity of local health departments continues to grow. Performance has most often been measured by the 10 Essential Public Health Services, as self-assessed by local health departments. Recently the literature has examined local factors with respect to population health outcomes, such as infectious disease morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, influenza and infant death. Most of the studies reviewed still use the EHS model for performance measures, but it is notable that more recent articles are focusing on indicators of population health to assess local health department performance.

Giving Voice to Public Health Nursing Practice in Minnesota (PDF)

Oct. 2011 | MDH Public Health Nursing Practice Council

Subject(s): PHN Practice

In forming, the PHN Practice Council overcame the challenges of multiple organizations and geographical distances. PHN Consultants asked the Minnesota Local Public Health Association (LPHA) to identify PHN representatives from regional local health departments. These representatives, along with regionally assigned PHN Consultants, have met since 2009 via conference call to discuss practice issues.

Out of Context: Mapping Quality Improvement Opportunities with Context Diagrams (PDF)

Sept. 2011 | SCHSAC Building HIE Capacity Workgroup
Presented at the 2011 Community Health Conference

Subject(s): Health Information Technology/e-Health; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

Learn about context diagrams and why they are useful to local public health agencies, and how common public health information/data exchange partners for Family Home Visiting were identified using context diagrams.

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Building Health Information Exchange Capacity (PDF)

Sept. 2011 | SCHSAC Building HIE Capacity Workgroup
Presented to SCHSAC

Subject(s): Health Information Technology/e-Health

SCHSAC established the Building Health Information Exchange Capacity Workgroup to recommend standardized methods for the exchange of local public health data. Federal and state mandates require standardized electronic exchange of health data for most of public health and their data exchange partners. SCHSAC recognizes that working together is more cost effective than each entity developing methods on their own. The workgroup is in the process of examining local public health's maternal and child health business services and conducting business process analysis in order to determine data standards for electronic public health records and data exchange.

2010 Community Health Services System Expenditures Summary Report (PDF)

Aug. 2011 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2010 expenditures of the Community Health Services System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

2010 Community Health Services System Staffing Summary Report (PDF)

Aug. 2011 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2010 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Common Data Exchange Partners for Local Public Health Maternal and Child Home Visiting Services (PDF)

June 2011 | SCHSAC Building HIE Capacity Workgroup
Presented at e-Health Summit

Subject(s): Health Information Technology/e-Health

The Building HIE Capacity Workgroup identified 45 Maternal and Child Health public health services and processes in order to determine data standards for electronic public health records and data exchange. The workgroup chose Targeted/Family Home Visiting process as the foundational process to fully analyze and build on, starting with client referral, intake, client registration, and initial home visit.

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Authority and Positioning of Minnesota CHS Administrators and Local Health Directors (PDF)

May 2011 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This brief examines the authorities of CHS administrators in relation to their community health boards, and the authorities of local health directors in relation to their county boards or city councils.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup Final Report (PDF)

May 2011 | SCHSAC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup was established to review public health emergency preparedness and response programs and activities since 2002, and to make recommendations for the next phase of preparedness and response in Minnesota. The workgroup first determined a list of priority issues by reviewing recommendations from the July 2010 Preparedness Summit for state, local and tribal public health, studying improvement plans from after-action reports from H1N1 and other emergency responses, and evaluating current and potential programming.

Governance and Organization of Local Public Health Services in Minnesota (PDF)

March 2011 | Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

Over the past decade, several counties and community health boards have made changes to their public health organizational and governance structures, and more changes are being considered as local elected officials look for ways to address significant budget concerns, create efficiencies, and anticipate the retirements of public health leaders. To inform this discussion, the Minnesota Public Health Research to Action Network conducted surveys to gather information on current structures, and the governance and organizational changes under discussion.

SCHSAC 2010 Annual Report (PDF)

Feb. 2011 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Assessment and Planning; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Information Technology/e-Health; Quality Improvement and Performance Management; Workforce

This report summarizes 2010 SCHSAC activities.

Business Process Analysis Training for Public Health (PDF)

Feb. 2011 | Public Health Informatics Institute, MN.IT @ MDH

Subject(s): Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This presentation helps SCHSAC Building HIE Capacity Workgroup members to:

  • Acquire understanding of the basic concepts of Business Process Analysis
  • Acquire familiarity with key Business Process Analysis tools
  • Use this understanding to identify local public health business processes and the Subject Matter Experts for those processes

Minnesota CHB Medical Consultant Handbook

Feb. 2011 | Minnesota Dept. of Health, Minnesota Medical Association

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

Every community health board in Minnesota is required by the Local Public Health Act to have a medical consultant. This handbook is intended to provide medical consultants with an overview of the history of public health in Minnesota, information about state and local public health, and descriptions of the roles that medical consultants play in Minnesota.

Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2011 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2011 | MDH Office of Performance Improvement

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

National Public Health Standards and Voluntary Accreditation: Implications and Opportunities for Public Health Performance Improvement in Minnesota (PDF)

Dec. 2010 | SCHSAC Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

The Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup encourages the state-local partnership to use the national standards as the foundation for a shared commitment to integrate standards, measures, quality improvement, and reporting into core operations. This will enable the achievement of public health outcome goals as efficiently and effectively as possible—and will also facilitate preparation for voluntary national accreditation.

Statewide Local Public Health Objectives Workgroup: Final Report (PDF)

Dec. 2010 | Statewide LPH Objectives Workgroup:
A joint workgroup of SCHSAC and the MCH Advisory Task Force

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup determined that the statewide LPH objectives should serve as a powerful summary of critical statewide public health issues for the period beginning January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014. The periodic review of the objectives, according to the timeline established in statute, allows them to be regularly updated to reflect the most current priority public health issues.

Updating Minnesota's Blueprint for Public Health (PDF)

Dec. 2010 | SCHSAC Blueprint for Successful Local Health Departments Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup examined the original foundations of the CHS system: community involvement, local control, integrated system, adequate population base, funding, and the role of MDH. Workgroup members also carefully examined the issue of leadership provided by community health services administrators. They discussed how and whether these foundations continue to be applicable to Minnesota's current local public health system, as well as how they can be used to help revise the blueprint for Minnesota's system.

Recommendations for the 2010-2014 CHAAP Cycle (PDF)

Nov. 2010 | SCHSAC CHAAP Process Evaluation Ad Hoc Group

Subject(s): Assessment and Planning

Major changes to the Local Public Health Act of 2003 led to the development of the Community Health Assessment and Action Planning (CHAAP) process. The CHAAP process is based on the former Community Health Services planning process. Although it is similar as it includes community health assessment and planning components, it also includes several newly designed components, including a capacity assessment and an action plan designed around the six areas of public health responsibility.

The 2005-2009 CHAAP cycle was considered a transition and learning period for local public health and MDH. In order to evaluate and learn from the 2005-2009 planning cycle, the MDH Office of Public Health Practice conducted an evaluation of the 2005-2009 CHAAP process.

2009 Summary Report of Expenditures, Staffing, Activities, and Performance Measures (PDF)

Sept. 2010 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PSE; Workforce

This report summarizes the 2009 expenditures, staffing, and activities and performance measures information for the Community Health Services system, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The local health department's expenditure, staffing, and activities and performance measures are organized into the six areas of public health responsibility.

Community Health Services Administration: What It Is and Why It Matters (PDF)

Aug. 2010 | SCHSAC Blueprint for Successful Local Health Departments Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

This document describes current models of CHS administration in Minnesota; it shows the variety of models of administration that have evolved from the administrative rules governing the original CHS Act; it highlights some of the ways in which administrators add value to their organizations; and it summarizes the current scientific and national practice literature, competencies and accreditation standards related to public health leadership.

2009 Community Health Services System Expenditures Summary Report (PDF)

Aug. 2010 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2009 expenditures of the Community Health Services System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

2009 Community Health Services System Staffing Summary Report (PDF)

Aug. 2010 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2009 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Social Connectedness: Evaluating the Healthy People 2020 Framework: The Minnesota Project (PDF)

July 2010 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Community Engagement; Health Equity; PSE

The Minnesota project to evaluate the Healthy People 2020 overarching framework took that social determinants emphasis and focused on the social determinant of social connectedness. Our purpose was to engage more deeply with that issue and advance our understanding and practice. Throughout this project we have worked with people from across the community to learn more about social connectedness and to link those discoveries back to the Healthy People framework.

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SCHSAC 2009 Annual Report (PDF)

Feb. 2010 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This report summarizes 2009 SCHSAC activities.

2008 Summary Report of Expenditures, Staffing, Activities, and Performance Measures (PDF)

Jan. 2010 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PSE; Workforce

This report summarizes the 2008 expenditures, staffing, and activities and performance measures information for the Community Health Services system, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The local health department's expenditure, staffing, and activities and performance measures are organized into the six areas of public health responsibility.

A Discussion Guide for Exploring Public Health Governance and Structure Change (PDF)

Dec. 2009 | SCHSAC Blueprint for Successful Local Health Departments Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

The purpose of this discussion guide is to assist local elected officials who are considering making a change to the governance and/or organizational structure of the public health department in their jurisdiction. The processes outlined in this document may also be useful to local governments that wish to periodically and proactively review their current public health structure and governance to ensure continued strength.

2008 Community Health Services System Expenditures Summary Report (PDF)

July 2009 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2008 expenditures of the Community Health Services System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

2008 Community Health Services System Staffing Summary Report (PDF)

July 2009 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2008 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Factors Positively Associated with Local Health Department Performance (Literature Review) (PDF)

May 2009 | SCHSAC Blueprint for Successful Local Health Departments Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

This literature review was conducted to review for evidence on the factors or features of a local health department that contribute to improved performance, generally as measured by the 10 Essential Public Health Services.

2007 Summary Report of Expenditures, Staffing, Activities, and Performance Measures (PDF)

May 2009 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PSE; Workforce

This report summarizes 2007 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

2007 Community Health Services System Expenditures Summary Report (PDF)

Feb. 2009 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2007 expenditures of the Community Health Services System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

2007 Community Health Services System Staffing Summary Report (PDF)

Feb. 2009 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2007 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2009 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2009 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

Strategic Plan for Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Minnesota: Final Report (PDF)

Dec. 2007 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

After September 11, 2001, the public health sector received increased funding to help develop its emergency preparedness capacity. However, plans, training, and exercise topics followed the event of the moment, leaving many feeling that preparedness activities were fragmented. The public health system was also struggling to assess the extent of improvements in response capacity. Work conducted by state and local public health stakeholders was taking place in parallel processes, with few opportunities to decide on overall goals and the strategies each would employ to reach the goals. This report seeks to engage state and local public health professionals in a dialogue about a shared vision and goals for public health preparedness.

2006 Community Health Services System Expenditures Summary Report (PDF)

Dec. 2007 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes 2006 expenditures of the Community Health Services System. This information is submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. Local health departments report expenditures by funding source and area of public health responsibility.

2006 Community Health Services System Staffing Summary Report (PDF)

Dec. 2007 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Workforce

This report summarizes 2006 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Health Services in County Correctional Settings: The Public Health Role (PDF)

Rev. Nov. 2007 | SCHSAC Correctional Health and LPH Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PHN Practice; Workforce

This report is intended to bring awareness of issues and gaps in correctional health to all stakeholders and policymakers. The issues cut across many levels and organizations and will take multi-agency collaboration to resolve. While these recommendations are not sufficient to address the myriad of issues identified, they can maintain and perhaps accelerate the momentum of the multi-agency discussions that have begun and ultimately, lead to improvements in this increasingly problematic situation.

Cornerstones of Public Health Nursing (PDF)

Rev. Oct. 2007 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

This brief describes the cornerstones of public health nursing, and how they can be applied to PHN practice.

2006 Summary Report of Expenditures, Staffing, Activities, and Performance Measures (PDF)

Sept. 2007 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PSE; Workforce

This report summarizes 2006 staffing information for the Community Health Services System, submitted by Minnesota's local health departments to the Minnesota Department of Health. The staffing information is reported by job classification and area of public health responsibility.

Accountability Review Process Workgroup Report (PDF)

Jan. 2007 | SCHSAC Accountability Review Process Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup developed guiding principles focused on quality improvement and building off the strengths of the local-state partnership. Those principles guided the work and laid the foundation for the accountability review process.

Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2007 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2007 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

2005 Performance Measures Results (PDF)

July 2006 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Communicable Disease; Emergency Preparedness; Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Care Access; PSE

This report contains draft analyses of the data submitted on the 2005 performance measures for the six areas of public health responsibility.

Wheel of Public Health Interventions: A Collection of "Getting Behind the Wheel" Stories, 2000-2006 (PDF)

June 2006 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

The feature, "Getting Behind the Wheel," first appeared in the MDH/Public Health Nursing Newsletter in September, 2000. Every issue since has highlighted one or more of the seventeen public health interventions. Most were submitted by public health nurses and nursing students and provide real stories about their experiences in the field. Some are short; some are long. Some are humorous; some are sad. All 34 stories provide good opportunities to investigate how the Intervention Wheel was applied.

Creating Healthy Communities for an Aging Population (PDF)

May 2006 | SCHSAC, MDH Community & Family Health Division

Subject(s): Health Care Access; PSE

The workgroup used a broad-based framework to discuss healthy aging and to identify recommendations with potential to address the issues associated with an aging population, particularly personal and population health needs for aging seniors.

Linking Public Health Nursing Practice and Education: Preceptor Handbook, 2nd Ed. (PDF)

June 2005 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

Learning to be a public health nurse (PHN) involves combining the "learning about" with "learning to be." Preceptors can have a central role in the student's learning to be a public health nurse. The Preceptor Handbook provides a plan for what preceptors and others can expect. Qualifications and qualities of the 'ideal' preceptor are presented and possible roles and responsibilities are described.

Related:Linking Public Health Nursing Practice and Education: Preceptor Role (PDF)

Additional Recommendations for the Local Public Health Act Funding (PDF)

Jan. 2005 | SCHSAC Funding Formulas Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

SCHSAC approved the report of the Funding Formulas Workgroup and forwarded it to the Commissioner of Health in September 2004.

Assuring Essential Local Public Health Activities Throughout the State Workgroup: Final Report (PDF)

Jan. 2005 | SCHSAC Assuring Essential LPH Activities Throughout the State Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

In 2004, SCHSAC appointed a workgroup to identify essential local public health activities that should be available in all parts of the state. The workgroup defined the local activities included in this framework as "essential". In other words, they are the basic, indispensable and necessary activities that all local public health departments in Minnesota do to protect and promote the health of Minnesotans. They describe the roles and contributions expected of the local public health system in working to improve the public's health.

Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN): Road Map and Recommendations for Strategic Action: Report to the Minnesota Legislature (PDF)

Jan. 2005 | MDH Public Health Informatics

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Information Technology/e-Health

The vision for a Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN) is to provide the timely and accurate statewide information network that enables public health professionals, policymakers, and community partners to:

  • Respond efficiently and effectively to community health threats
  • Protect the public from serious but preventable diseases or injury
  • Carry out their responsibilities to make Minnesota communities healthier places to live

Statewide Outcomes: Local Public Health Act (PDF)

Jan. 2005 | SCHSAC Ad Hoc Group on Development of Statewide Outcomes

Subject(s): Annual Reporting

Outcomes are listed here for each area of responsibility.

Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2005 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2005 | MDH Community & Family Health Division

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

2004 Local Public Health Agency Survey: Preliminary Results (PDF)

Nov. 2004 | MDH Community Health Services Division

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

Detailed information describing local public health departments is critical to successful planning for the future of public health in Minnesota. Many states around the country routinely collect detailed information about their local public health system. In the past, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has not had the resources to collect comprehensive information about Minnesota's local public health system and its accomplishments. In 2004, through the Pathways to Public Health Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the MDH surveyed all local public health departments about their staff and structure. All 77 health departments returned the survey. This report summarizes this data.

2004 Local Public Health Staff Survey: Results (PDF)

Nov. 2004 | MDH Community Health Services Division

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Workforce

Detailed information describing the local public health workforce in Minnesota is critical to successful planning for the future of public health. In 2004, through the Pathways to Public Health Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) surveyed local public health staff to more clearly describe and understand any upcoming shortages of public health staff. To this end, the Local Public Health Staff Survey (LPHSS) was developed to assess the demographics of the local public health workforce, including age and education. The following report describes the results from the LPHSS.

The Henry Street Consortium Clinical Menu (PDF)

May 2004 | Henry Street Consortium

Subject(s): PHN Practice

The Henry Street Consortium is a collaboration between five baccalaureate schools of nursing, the thirteen local health departments that provide clinical sites for those schools, and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Consortium's ultimate goal is to prepare baccalaureate level nurses with the competencies necessary for entry into population-based public health nursing practice. To achieve this goal, the Consortium worked together to establish principles that guide their work, a set of core competencies for entry into population-based practice, and a clinical menu of "community assessment " and "population-based " learning activities. The menus are intended to be used by nursing students, faculty, and health department preceptors to design clinical experiences.

Healthy Minnesotans: Is Minnesota Gaining or Losing Ground? A Progress Report on Minnesota's Public Health Improvement Goals (PDF)

Oct. 2003 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): Communicable Disease; Environmental Health; Health Care Access; Health Equity; PSE

Five years ago, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released Healthy Minnesotans Public Health Improvement Goals 2004, the state's health promotion and disease prevention agenda. Minnesota's public health improvement goals provide the framework for a systematic approach to health improvement. The 18 goals, 282 objectives, and 525 indicators included in Healthy Minnesotans Public Health Improvement Goals 2004 identify significant and preventable threats to health and help to define a statewide health and prevention agenda for improving the health of people living in Minnesota. This special report presents Minnesota's progress toward achieving select objectives originally presented in that document.

Statewide Public Health Outcomes for 2004: Working Document (PDF)

Sept. 2003 | SCHSAC Ad Hoc Group on Development of Statewide Outcomes

Subject(s): Annual Reporting; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup sought to establish the uses of the LPH Act funds and define them in the form of outcomes in order to provide a measure of accountability for the funds. The workgroup defined "outcomes" as a set of statewide objectives and essential local public health activities that measure improvement/change in health status or the accomplishment of key activities in public health.

Entry-Level Population-Based Public Health Nursing Competencies for the New Graduate or Novice Public Health Nurse (PDF)

July 2003 | Henry Street Consortium

Subject(s): PHN Practice

A summary of PHN cornerstones and activities related to PHN practice.

The Nursing Process Applied to Population-Based PHN Practice (PDF)

March 2003 | MDH Center for Public Health Nursing Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

This table applies the PHN process to system-, community-, and individual/family-level services.

Population-Based Practice: Definition (PDF)

March 2003 | MDH Center for Public Health Nursing

Subject(s): PHN Practice; Workforce

This brief defines population-based practice, with further detail on aspects of population-based practice.

Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2003 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Jan. 2003 | MDH Community Health Division

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

Healthy Minnesotans - Strategies for Public Health,
Volume 2 (PDF)

Fall 2002 | MDH Community Health Division

Subject(s): Communicable Disease; Environmental Health; PSE

Strategies for Public Health is a compilation of strategies based on ideas, experiences and research from Minnesota's public health professionals. This document shares current evidence on the effectiveness of the strategies, and to the extent possible, identifies key partners that can play a collaborative role in implementing them. As such, it can support collaborative, community-wide efforts; can help evaluate whether efforts are making a difference; and can inform the planning, program design, implementation and evaluation of actions taken by state and local health departments, health plans, hospitals and clinics, the educational system, community-based organizations, and businesses.

Linking Public Health Nursing Practice and Education: Preceptor Role (PDF)

Sept. 2002 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

The preceptor role for the linking project will be developed appropriate to each of the five linking project's needs, assessment results, and symposium dialog.

Related: Linking Public Health Nursing Practice and Education: Preceptor Handbook, 2nd Ed. (PDF)

Linking PHN Practice and Education: The PHN Clinical Experience (Highlights of the Key Informant Survey) (PDF)

Aug. 2002 | MDH Office of Public Health Practice

Subject(s): PHN Practice

Minnesota tribal/local public health agencies and baccalaureate schools of nursing with student clinicals in Minnesota were surveyed in the fall of 2001. This report highlights this survey.

Strengthening Environmental Health in Minnesota (PDF)

Feb. 2002 | SCHSAC Environmental Health Workgroup

Subject(s): Environmental Health; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup's main outcome was a mission and vision for an environmental health system in Minnesota. This report outlines recommendations made to support the mission and vision.

A Call to Action: Advancing Health for All Through Social & Economic Change (PDF)

April 2001 | MHIP Social Conditions and Health Action Team

Subject(s): Health Equity

This report is a multi-disciplinary, inter-sector Call to Action produced by the Social Conditions and Health Action Team of the Minnesota Health Improvement Partnership (MHIP). The purpose of this report is to deepen understanding of the impact that social and economic conditions have on health, and identify recommendations with potential to help create more health-enhancing social and economic environments in Minnesota.

Public Health Interventions: Applications for Nursing Practice (The "Wheel" Manual) (PDF)

March 2001 | MDH Public Health Nursing Section

Subject(s): PHN Practice

Interventions are actions that PHNs take on behalf of individuals, families, systems, and communities to improve or protect health status.

This framework, known as the "intervention model," defines the scope of public health nursing practice by type of intervention and level of practice (systems, community, individual/family), rather than by the more traditional "site" of service, that is, home visiting nurse, school nurse, occupational health nurse, clinic nurse, etc. The intervention model describes the scope of practice by what is similar across settings and describes the work of public health nursing at the community and systems practice levels as well as the conventional individual/family level. These interventions are not exclusive to public health nursing as they are also used by other public health disciplines. The public health intervention model does represent public health nursing as a specialty practice of nursing.

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Building a Solid Foundation for Health:
2001 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Public Health System Development (PDF)

Feb. 2001 | MDH Community Health Services Division

Subject(s): Community Engagement; Emergency Preparedness; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act; Health Equity; PSE; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

This report is released to comply with Minn. Stat. § 62Q.33, which requires a biennial report on local public health system development.

Streamlining Grant Funding for Minnesota's Public Health System (PDF)

Dec. 2000 | SCHSAC Streamline Grants Administration Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This workgroup explored and recommended methods to achieve maximum efficiency and flexibility in MDH grants to community health boards, while assuring that all administrative requirements are met and the MDH has the information it needs to demonstrate state-level accountability and continuous quality improvement.

National Public Health Performance Standards Program (Preliminary Findings): Pilot Test of the State Assessment Tool (PDF)

Rev. Aug. 2000 | MDH Community Health Services Division

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Quality Improvement and Performance Management

Minnesota is one of the several states that has been selected to participate in the pilot test of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP). The NPHPSP is a joint effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several national public health organizations. The goal of the project is to improve the public health system nationwide. The project hopes to do that by developing tools for measuring the ability of state and local public health agencies, with their communities, to perform the essential services of public health. The project contains a local tool, a state tool and a newly developed governance tool.

See also: National Public Health Performance Standards Program: Local Public Health System Performance Assessment Instrument; Version: Field Test 5b (PDF)

PHN Practice for the 21st Century: National Satellite Learning Conference: Learning Guide (PDF)

Jan. 2000 | MDH Public Health Nursing Section

Subject(s): PHN Practice

The purpose of this kit is to provide you with the learning materials from Public Health Nursing Practice for the 21st Century: Competency Development in Population-based Practice. This kit can be used by anyone wanting to learn or teach about population-based public health nursing practice. Please feel free to copy the learner materials from the Guide and adapt the presentation for your learning situation. We request that in using the videos and materials you do not alter the content and give credit to the Minnesota Department of Health.

A Partnership for Public Health: What Does it Mean? (PDF)

Dec. 1999 | SCHSAC Expectations of the CHS Partnership Workgroup

Subject(s): Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

The current structure of Minnesota's public health system was created in 1976. Over the past twenty-plus years, this system has come to be known as "unique among states for having a public health system that is partnership of shared responsibility between state and local governments." What exactly does that mean? This workgroup convened to discuss the meaning of "partnership," and explore the complex relationship between state and local governments.

Local Public Health Accreditation (PDF)

Dec. 1998 | SCHSAC Local Public Health Accreditation Workgroup

Subject(s): Accreditation/National Standards; Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This report summarizes the issue of accreditation of local health departments, and how Minnesota's system stands in relation to other states.

Controlling Public Health Nuisances: A Guide for Community Health Boards (PDF)

Jan. 1992 | SCHSAC

Subject(s): Environmental Health, Governance and Administration/Local Public Health Act

This guide is intended to encourage and support community health boards and their staff in preventing and controlling nuisance problems. It does not represent new requirements for staffing or funding local nuisance control programs. Rather, it clarifies community health boards' responsibilities in public health nuisance control and gives helpful guidance in responding to these problems.

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