Local public health assessment and planning cycle: 2015-2019
All Minnesota community health boards must participate in assessment and planning to determine local public health priorities and focus local resources.
An update on 2020 deliverables
Note: This is also related to the 2019 performance-related accountability requirement, which was to submit the five deliverables of the 2015-2019 local public health assessment and planning cycle noted below.
In March 2020, MDH postponed submitting the five assessment and planning deliverables noted below, so that community health boards could focus their energy and effort on the COVID-19 response.
As of July 2021, MDH has changed what community health boards should submit for their five 2020 deliverables. These changes, and action required of you (if any) are noted here:
1. Strategic plan
No action required. Community health boards do NOT need to submit their strategic plan to MDH.
2. Description of how you monitor and revise your strategic plan
No action required. Community health boards do NOT need to submit their description of how they will monitor and revise their strategic plan to MDH.
3. Priority health issues
No further action required. Community health boards submitted their priority health issues to MDH in spring 2020.
4. Community health improvement plan
If your community health board has already submitted its CHIP to MDH or is accredited, no further action is required of you. MDH staff will contact the community health boards who submitted their CHIPs to learn if you would like feedback on your CHIP process or if you plan to submit a new or updated CHIP.
- Your community health board's current CHIP, as-is (dated within the past five years), or
- Your community health board's updated CHIP, or
- A brief description/action plan of when and how you will submit your CHIP to MDH, including your intended submission date (no later than December 31, 2022), a description of your community health board's and community's current status in updating the CHIP, and a summary of action steps to ensure timely completion
5. Description of how you monitor and revise your community health improvement plan
No action required. Community health boards do NOT need to submit their description of how they will monitor and revise their CHIP to MDH.
The future of CHA/CHIP submission
Community health assessments (CHA) and community health improvement plans (CHIP) are intended to be living documents, fluid and shifting to align with the needs, opportunities, and changing situations of the community.
Up to this point, MDH has asked community health boards to submit their CHA/CHIP to MDH at a single point in time every five years. Moving forward, MDH will allow community health boards to submit their CHA/CHIP to MDH on a rolling basis, based on whenever the community has conducted and developed a new CHA/CHIP or has substantially revised it. Community health boards must still submit a CHA/CHIP every five years, but each community health board can determine the timing of submission. This provides flexibility while meeting state statute, which requires community health boards to submit a CHA/CHIP every five years.
MDH is still working out details; please watch for further communication. Staff are available to attend regional meetings, to provide additional information and answer your questions. You can also reach out to your public health system consultant with questions.
Help and technical assistance with assessment and planning
Staff from the MDH Center for Public Health Practice can help you with assessment and planning. MDH will continue to provide technical assistance, such as training, tools, and one-on-one help in meeting deliverable requirements. MDH will also provide targeted support for monitoring and revising the strategic plan and community health improvement plan.
CHA/CHIP Community of Practice: Join the MDH CHA-CHIP Community of Practice to build capacity around conducting, developing, and implementing a community health assessment (CHA) and community health improvement plan (CHIP).
Contact your public health system consultant.
Contact the MDH Center for Public Health Practice