Community Health Division
Community Health is a division within the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We are working to achieve MDH's vision of “all communities thriving.”
Our division includes:
- Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII)
- Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR)
- Center for Health Equity (CHE)
- Center for Public Health Practice (PHP),
- Minnesota Center for Health Statistics (MCHS) and
- Director of American Indian Health.
Learn more about each of our Centers and Offices below, or read our fact sheet (PDF) for a summary of the services we provide.
- Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives
We support all Minnesotans in leading healthier lives, raising healthier families and building healthier communities by preventing chronic disease well before it starts.
- Center for Emergency Preparedness & Response
We undertake emergency response and recovery activities to protect people’s health, while increasing the readiness of state, local and tribal health departments, working with the healthcare system and other partners.
- Center for Health Equity
We serve as a link to Minnesota’s diverse communities, and a hub for organizing and promoting work to advance health equity in our state.
- Minnesota Center for Health Statistics
We collect, analyze and share data to better understand health issues and inform public health policy decisions in Minnesota.
- Center for Public Health Practice
We ensure that Minnesota’s state, local and tribal public health system is strong, coordinated and equipped to carry out public health responsibilities.
- American Indian Health
The Director of American Indian Health at MDH ensures that the 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations in Minnesota have input and involvement in the health programs and policies that directly affect them.