Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board (EHCIB) - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Environmental Health
Continuous Improvement Board

The Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board (EHCIB) was chartered by the Local Public Health Association (LPHA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to fundamentally advance Minnesota’s state-local partnership in Environmental Health (EH). As of March 24, 2017, the EHCIB is a workgroup of the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee (SCHSAC).


*Elements of the EHCIB’s vision

Board Membership

Lisa Brodsky, Scott County
Amanda Buell, Hennepin County*
Andrea Demmer, Otter Tail County
Bill Groskreutz, Faribault County Commissioner
Sarah Grosshuesch, Wright County
Jesse Harmon, Nicollet County
Tom Hogan, Minnesota Department of Health*
Angel Korynta, Polk County
Heather Myhre, Houston County
John Weinand, City of Minnetonka



Mobile Food Unit Workgroup

The EHCIB is committed to working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders to improve the food licensing system in Minnesota. The Mobile Food Unit Workgroup is working to create a simple, consistent, and flexible transient food licensing and enforcement system to protect public health. The following is the approved charter of this workgroup.

Meeting Summary

Electronic Inspection Systems Subgroup

The EHCIB is committed to helping FPLS programs determine the best solution for the current electronic inspection systems challenges. A subgroup was formed to evaluate potential, short-term solutions to address the changes in Rapid Inspection use and support by MDH.

FPLS Statewide Performance Measures

The Food, Pools, and Lodging Services (FPLS) Statewide Performance Measures help a) provide a statewide picture of FPLS in Minnesota and b) help drive statewide improvement efforts. The EHCIB is committed to collecting FPLS statewide performance measures and to improving the measures and process.

The EHCIB piloted the statewide FPLS performance measures and data collection process in 2017, collecting 2016 data. In March-April 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and locally delegated agencies submitted 2018 data for on-time inspections; MDH, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and locally delegated agencies submitted staffing data. After reporting in 2017, the EHCIB recommended the addition of qualitative information to supplement information learned through reporting. In 2019, statewide discussions were held with MDH, MDA, locally-delegated agency representatives, and local public health representatives from non-delegated agencies. This feedback is included in the 2018 report.

2019 Reporting - March 31, 2019

  • Changes from 2017 reporting (2016 data) include:

    • Only staff qualifications and on-time inspections will be reported
    • Staff qualifications (number of inspectors standardized, etc.) will be reported by agency or jurisdiction. This means multi-jurisdiction FPLS programs will not have to separate staff qualifications information by county as they did in 2017. MDH and MDA will also report staff qualifications overall since staff cover multiple counties
    • On-time inspections will be reported the same as before, by county/city. MDH and MDA will provide their on-time inspections data by county/city as well.
    • Statewide discussions were held with public health leaders and FPLS program staff across the state in February 2019. These discussions are part of the EHCIB’s effort to improve the FPLS statewide performance measures and identify key aspects of food safety. The information will be summarized and shared with the EHCIB, who will use it to determine which measures to collect in the future.

2017 Reporting

FPLS Program Re-evaluation Process and Feedback

In response to wide-spread concern and frustration, the Environmental Health Continuous Improvement Board developed and adopted the following re-evaluation process document:

Programs that participated in the FPLS program re-evaluation process provided feedback about the process through interviews conducted by MDH Public Health Practice Section staff. The following is a summary of their feedback:

FPLS Program Evaluation Workgroup

The EHCIB is committed to improving the FPLS program evaluation process. The following is the approved charter for and membership of the workgroup charged with developing the metrics and tools to support the new FPLS program evaluation process.

The workgroup is currently planning the rollout of the new FPLS program evaluation process, which starts in 2020.

Statement of Support

The Environmental Continuous Improvement Board issued the following Statement of Support outlining their commitment to Minnesota’s state-local environmental health partnership.

Work Plan

Meeting Materials

Upcoming Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, 2020 EHCIB meetings have been canceled or modified. The EHCIB will meet virtually in September and November. All are welcome to join and participate in the meetings. Meeting details are found below.


  • September 3, 2020 – 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • November 5, 2020 – 10 a.m - 11 a.m.
  • Both meetings will have the same agenda:
    • Welcome and Intros
    • Updates from MDH ICS and FPLS
    • EH Word on the Street
      • What’s going well?
      • What challenges are you facing?
      • What do you need?
      • Other topics of interest
    • Thank you for all you do
    • Adjournment

March 5, 2020

  • March 2020 Agenda (PDF)
    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, meeting take home points and a summary were not finalized. We apologize for this inconvenience.

January 9, 2020*

*This meeting will be held virtually via Vidyo and will not have an in-person location at MCIT. Please see the meeting agenda for more details.

Archived Materials

Older meeting documents are available upon request by calling 651-201-4571 or sending an email to: health.ophp@state.mn.us


Updated Thursday, 27-Aug-2020 13:37:24 CDT