County Health Rankings - Minnesota Dept. of Health

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.

Media inquiries
Resources for Minnesota counties
Frequently asked questions
Contact us
About the rankings
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The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.

That is why we also provide the Roadmaps that provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action. The Roadmaps are helping communities bring people together from all walks of life to look at the many factors that influence health, focus on strategies that we know work, learn from each other, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health.


Minnesota media inquiries

Scott Smith, Communications
651-201-5806 |


Resources for Minnesota counties

Local public health talking points (PDF): How can we frame the Rankings with regard to our work, our organizations' partnerships, and our communities' needs? Read on to learn more.

County Health Rankings: Talking to media (PDF): MDH has developed these tips to help you when media calls.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Webinars: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has a number of webinars and presentations to help you understand the Rankings themselves, as well as learn about action opportunities building off of the Rankings.

Burness: County Health Rankings communications toolkit: Burness has developed a County Health Rankings communications toolkit that contains information to help you prepare for media engagement and messaging for the release. If you are a local public health staff member who would like access to the toolkit, contact your CHS administrator or public health director.


Frequently asked questions

Visit: FAQ


Contact us

If you work for a local public health department or community health board in Minnesota, contact us with questions:

Data assistance
Ann Kinney, MDH Center for Health Statistics
651-201-5946 |

Messaging and media
Scott Smith, MDH Communications
651-201-5806 |

All other questions
Allie Hawley March, MDH Center for Public Health Practice
651-201-5097 |


About the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The County Health Rankings are not produced or published by the Minnesota Department of Health.