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Healthy Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment

What is a Statewide Health Assessment?
What is the Statewide Health Assessment For?
Who Participates in the Statewide Health Assessment?
Invitation to Participate
Timeline: Development of 2017 Healthy Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment
2017 Statewide Health Assessment
2012 Statewide Health Assessment

What is a Statewide Health Assessment?

Healthy Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment shows a picture of health and well-being across the state of Minnesota. The health assessment raises several important questions, including:

  • Who is healthy and who is not?
  • What conditions shape health for all the different populations in Minnesota?
  • What do we have, and what do we need, to assure that all people in Minnesota can enjoy healthy lives and healthy communities?

To answer these questions, a statewide health assessment gathers selected data on people, geography, the environment, health status, health behaviors, health care, social and economic forces, and community resources, all in one place, to tell the story of health in the state and build momentum for action.

The statewide health assessment process will end with a report that describes:

  • The current status of the things that shape people's daily lives, such as their living environments, their ability to get basic needs met (like food, housing, access to health care, and transportation), their opportunities for a good education and job, and any obstacles that get in the way of these
  • Rates and trends for specific diseases and conditions
  • The strengths and resources of the state to make Minnesota a healthy place with healthy people

What is the Statewide Health Assessment For?

The statewide health assessment points out where things are going well and where problems exist. The scope of information in the assessment makes it a useful tool in support of a wide range of efforts to make Minnesota a healthy, thriving place, like community planning, civic engagement, and policy development. With this information, it becomes possible to identify where action is needed and where action can be taken so that everyone in Minnesota can thrive.

Who Participates in the Statewide Health Assessment?

The statewide health assessment is a collaborative effort led by the Healthy Minnesota Partnership and supported by the Minnesota Department of Health. People across the state will be able to contribute to the development of the statewide health assessment in a variety of ways: answering surveys, participating in conference calls or online conversations, attending meetings, or participating through the Partnership. Together, we will collect, analyze, and share information about the health of all Minnesotans.

Invitation to Participate

Please join in this effort! If you would like to get notices of opportunities to engage in Minnesota's statewide health assessment process, please sign up for communications: Healthy Minnesota Partnership Email List

Take the Minnesota Strengths Survey! One opportunity to participate in the Statewide Health Assessment is through an online survey of Minnesota's strengths, assets and resources for health.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the survey of Minnesota's strengths! The survey is now closed, and results will be integrated into the 2017 Statewide Health Assessment.

Timeline: Development of 2017 Statewide Health Assessment

The statewide health assessment will be completed by early 2017. The overall process for developing the assessment is as follows:

2016: Pre-Work

  • Previous assessment reviewed
  • Healthy Minnesota Partnership develops guidance for the assessment

July-September 2016

  • Collect data from existing sources
  • Provide opportunities for public input

October 2016

  • Draft Statewide Health Assessment document for review

November-December 2016

  • Post draft assessment for comments
  • Edit and prepare document

January 2017

  • Healthy Minnesota Partnership approves 2017 Healthy Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment

2017 Statewide Health Assessment

As documents become available for review, they will be posted here.

2012 Statewide Health Assessment

ImgThe Health of Minnesota, Minnesota's 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.

The Health of Minnesota: Statewide Health Assessment was produced in collaboration by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Healthy Minnesota Partnership. Partial funding for this project was provided by the following: PHHS Preventive Block Grant No. 2B01DP009029-10; the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through John Snow, Inc. (JSI), July 2011-June 2012; and Cooperative Agreement Number CD10-1011 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of any of the above funding organizations.

Upon request, this material will be made available in an alternative format such as large print, Braille or cassette tape.