About the Healthy Minnesota Partnership
Healthy Minnesota Vision: All people in Minnesota enjoy healthy lives and healthy communities.
The Healthy Minnesota Partnership is charged with developing public health priorities, goals, objectives and strategies to improve the health of all Minnesotans and to ensure ownership of these in communities across the state of Minnesota. This includes developing a statewide health assessment and framework.
The Healthy Minnesota Framework and efforts of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership are intended for the state as a whole, and thus the membership of the partnership reflects a broad spectrum of interests. The work of this group is critical to the citizens of this state and the Minnesota Department of Health mission of keeping all Minnesotans healthy.
We value…health. We affirm that health, more than being simply the absence of disease, is found in balance, connection and well-being across every aspect of life—physical, mental and social—and across families, communities, cultures and systems. Health is a resource for living, deserved by all, that calls for the active participation of all.
We value…equity. We assert that every person in Minnesota deserves to have the opportunity to be as healthy as they can be.
We value… inclusion. We welcome everyone to the table to discuss, learn, and prepare for action to improve health in our communities. We welcome and value the wisdom, knowledge, skills, experience and expertise of all those who are working to create conditions to support health across the state.
We value… difference. We recognize that we are all members of many communities, with great diversity of experience, perspectives, and strengths. We value the differences each person brings to the conversation because those differences make us stronger together than we would be alone.
We are explicit about race and racism. We focus on race and racism because racialization multiplies challenges to health. We are intentional in our efforts to reveal the historical and contemporary actions that continue to limit the opportunities people of color and American Indians in Minnesota have to be healthy. Being explicit about race and racism opens the door to a wide range of conversations about structural barriers to health including those based on gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
We lead by doing. While we welcome everyone to the table to discuss what creates health and to shape action for health equity, we also expect that each person will work in partnership with us and with others to expand the narrative about health and to reshape conditions in our communities so that everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. All who participate in our process should bring what they learn to their constituencies and colleagues and to act on this knowledge to advance health equity in Minnesota.
We focus on the policy discussions and decisions that shape opportunities for health. While we recognize that many programs and services are essential for populations that currently experience health disparities, our attention focuses upstream, at the policy level. We work to expand the public conversation about health and to identify essential policies to improve equity and health across a broad spectrum of issues, from transportation to economic development to education and more. We support efforts to prevent future health disparities and to reshape our communities so that everyone will have the opportunity to be healthy.
We innovate and practice. We work to “build our muscle” to expand public conversations about health and implement a health in all policies approach in our work. We look for new ideas and new areas for conversations about and investments in what creates health. We learn together and look for opportunities to practice what we have learned and to generate change. We share our knowledge and work to strengthen our working relationships and increase the capacity of our communities to shape conditions and increase the opportunity of every person to be healthy.
The roots of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership date back to 1997, when the Minnesota Department of Health convened the Minnesota Health Improvement Partnership. The purpose of the Minnesota Health Improvement Partnership was to develop coordinated public, private and nonprofit efforts to improve the health of Minnesota residents. Its work was grounded in the vision of health as a shared responsibility, and its focus was on achieving jointly developed health goals and priorities through the use of evidence-based strategies. The Minnesota Health improvement Partnership met from 1997 to 2003 and was charged with the following:
- To advise the Commissioner of Health on: a) the development of the Minnesota Public Health Goals and action steps to achieve the goals and objectives; and b) issues that affect the development of collaborative partnerships to achieve public health goals in Minnesota.
- To facilitate communication, education and coordination between participating organizations (and other organizations as appropriate) regarding public health goals and other relevant population health issues and activities.
Since 2003, conversations about accountability, measurement and improved system performance in public health have continued to gain momentum. New national public health standards for state and local health departments highlight the periodic development of a state health assessment and health improvement plan as a key component of public health practice. While Minnesota has had such plans in the past, it has been 10 years since the last statewide assessment and Healthy Minnesota plan were completed.
- Be an active member of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership by attending meetings, sharing information from each meeting with constituencies, gathering input into the statewide assessment and plan, etc.
- Bring a public health perspective and leadership to all discussions and decisions.
- Keep the statewide interests of the Healthy Minnesota Partnership foremost in your decisions and recommendations.
- Review meeting materials ahead of time and be prepared to contribute clear and focused ideas for team discussion.
- American Heart Association: Lorna Schmidt (Alternate: Justin Bell)
- BlueCross BlueShield: Vayong Moua (Alternate: Stacy Hiller)
- Boynton Health Services (University of Minnesota): Carl Anderson (Alternate: Kate Elwell)
- Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans: Anjuli Mishra (Alternate: Dave Sukharan)
- Eliminating Health Disparities Grantees: Maria Veronica Svetaz
- ISAIAH: Lars Negstad (Alternate: Alexa Howart)
- Itasca Project: Donna Zimmerman (Alternate: DeeDee Varner)
- Local Public Health Association (Metro): Gretchen Musicant (Alternate: Susan Palchick)
- Local Public Health Association (Greater Minnesota): Sarah Grosshuesch
- Minnesota Board on Aging: Kari Benson (Alternate: Mary Hertel)
- Minnesota Council of Health Plans: Julia Dreier
- Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA): Rosa Tock (Alternate: Samantha Holte)
- Minnesota Department of Corrections: Kelley Heifort (Alternate: Lee Buckley)
- Minnesota Department of Health: Jeanne Ayers
- Minnesota Department of Human Services: Linda Davis-Johnson
- Minnesota Department of Transportation: Tim Henkel (Alternate: Amber Dallman)
- Minnesota Hospital Association: Joan Pennington (Alternate: Kristin Loncorich)
- Minnesota Housing Finance Agency: Barb Sporlein (Alternate: Katie Topinka)
- Minnesota Public Health Association: Ken Bence (Alternate: Ann Bajari)
- National Rural Health Resource Center: Kami Norland (Alternate: Tracy Morton)
- Sanford Health: Warren Larson
- State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC): Barbara Burandt
- TakeAction Minnesota: Chris Conry
- University of Minnesota College of Design: Thomas Fisher (Alternate: Jess Roberts)
- University of Minnesota School of Public Health: John Finnegan (Alternate: Kathleen Call)
- Voices for Racial Justice: Brett Grant
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- Jeannette Raymond