Workgroups - SCHSAC - Minnesota Dept. of Health

SCHSAC Workgroups

A great deal of SCHSAC work is conducted through workgroups. Each workgroup usually meets for one to three years, depending on its charge and duties.

Standing and active workgroups
Related work
Past workgroups


Standing and active workgroups


Past workgroups and reports/recommendations

MDH will provide a workgroup's final reports for two years after the workgroup is active. To view a workgroup's final report, recommendations, or product not listed below, please contact the MDH Center for Public Health Practice.

2018-2019: Strengthening Public Health in Minnesota Technical Group
A new framework for governmental public health in Minnesota (PDF)
SCHSAC Strengthening Public Health in Minnesota action plan (PDF)
This group furthered the work of SCHSAC to strengthen public health in Minnesota. Specifically priority action 1—"clarify the basic public health responsibilities for Minnesota"—as outlined by the SCHSAC Strengthening Public Health in Minnesota Workgroup (2017-2018). The technical group agreed on a set of basic public health responsibilities (terminology may change) that represent "what" governmental—state and local—public health should be doing in Minnesota and a framework for communicating those responsibilities. For more information on how this work continues to evolve, visit: 21st century public health in Minnesota.

2017-2018: Strengthening Public Health in Minnesota Workgroup
Final report to SCHSAC (PDF)
Ability to meet minimum expectations: The current state of local public health in Minnesota: Summary of assessment findings (PDF)
The Strengthening Public Health Workgroup was formed by SCHSAC in response to mounting concerns about persistent resource constraints and wide variability among community health boards related to performance. The workgroup was asked to identify, examine and recommend a set of promising strategies to assure that: 1) basic local public health activities are in place in all parts of Minnesota; and 2) Minnesota’s public health system is evolving to meet modern community health issues. The workgroup, which met three times between October 2017 and January 2018, included a broader membership than is typical for a SCHSAC workgroup, drawing members from both inside and outside public health. For more information on how this work continues to evolve, visit: 21st century public health in Minnesota.

2011-2018: Performance Improvement Steering Committee
The Performance Improvement Steering Committee (PISC) guided implementation of the roadmap developed by the SCHSAC Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup, and informed the development of a statewide performance management system to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the public health system.

2016: MDH Technical Assistance Ad Hoc Group
This group described the current level of state-local interaction and technical assistance primarily, but not exclusively, at the district (regional) level; engaged in conversations to gain a shared understanding of current capacity and roles at the state, regional, and local level; and identified strategies for how state and local public health can best work together at the regional level.

2015-2016: Advancing Health Equity Workgroup
Local health department practices to advance health equity: Final report and recommendations from the SCHSAC Advancing Health Equity Workgroup (PDF)
This workgroup was convened to provide local elected officials and local public health leaders with the language, understanding, and practical help to advance health equity throughout Minnesota’s public health system. The group emphasized identifying and developing ways to integrate health equity into public health policies and practice. The workgroup provided a forum to promote tangible steps community health boards, the Minnesota Department of Health, and community partners can take to improve the opportunity for all Minnesotans to be healthy, via the Resource Library for Advancing Health Equity in Public Health.

2012-2015: Local Public Health Act Workgroup
This workgroup addressed the following priorities, previously identified in a 2012 working session with state and local stakeholders: strengthen public health leadership; define core public health services; clearly describe the duties of a community health board; and articulate expectations regarding performance management. The workgroup developed specific language to propose for inclusion in revisions to Minn. Stat. § 145A and/or the accompanying administrative rules, and presented them to SCHSAC.

2012-2013: Mental Health Workgroup
This workgroup worked collaboratively to envision a new way of thinking about mental health from a population-based perspective, and articulated next steps for further developing a role for public health in addressing mental health.

2012: Disease Prevention & Control Common Activities Framework Ad Hoc Group
This group reviewed the existing Disease Prevention and Control Common Activities Framework and reaffirmed that it lays out a minimum set of disease prevention and control activities that are to be carried out by all local public health agencies and MDH. The group updated the DP&C Framework based on current practice and tools, and determined how to best align it with the national voluntary public health accreditation standards.

2011-2012: Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup
This workgroup reviewed available science and literature on climate change and public health, developed and reviewed results from a survey of local public health departments' abilities to address climate change, and made recommendations on next steps for strategic planning for climate change.

2010-2013: Building Health Information Exchange Capacity Workgroup
This workgroup recommended standardized methods for exchanging local public health data as required by state laws that mandated local health departments to have interoperable electronic health records systems by January 2015.

2010: CHAAP Process Evaluation Ad Hoc Group
This workgroup reviewed the findings of the 2005-2009 Community Health Assessment and Action Planning Process Evaluation conducted by Minnesota Department of Health staff, and made recommendations for modification of the next CHAAP process and tools for the next five-year CHAAP cycle (2010-2014).

2010: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Ad Hoc Group
This group promoted coordinated communications within Minnesota about the County Health Rankings, and equipped community health boards with the information and tools necessary to engage in meaningful conversations about the Rankings at the local level. No final report produced.

2010-2011: Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup
This workgroup reviewed progress to date in the development of statewide local capacity for responding to public health emergencies. It provided input and make recommendations on issues related to the next phase of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) programs including as grant duties, funding formula, organizational issues, measurement of progress/outcomes, regional projects, and tier classifications. The work of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup is carried on via the PHEP Oversight Group.

2010: Statewide Local Public Health Objectives Workgroup
This joint SCHSAC and MCH Advisory Task Force workgroup developed a set of statewide public health measures for the local public health system every five years. Directed by Minn. Stat. § 145A.12, subd. 7(e).

2010: Performance Improvement and Accreditation Workgroup
SCHSAC convened this workgroup in the midst of calls for more accountability and efficiency in governmental services, and in anticipation of the upcoming launch of a voluntary national accreditation program for state, local and tribal health departments. The work group was charged to examine national standards developed by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for state and local health departments, explore their implications for Minnesota, and make recommendations.

2009-2010: Blueprint for Successful Local Health Departments Workgroup
This workgroup answered the following questions: What makes a strong local public health organization? What factors contribute to its success? How do different "operating environments" (e.g., the unique local mix of politics, finances, and geography) influence public health outcomes for the community?

2008-2009: Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Ad Hoc Group
This ad hoc work group provided input and local perspective into the planning and implementation of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).

2007-2008: MDH-Local Public Health Preparedness Committee
This committee pilot-tested and revised the public health emergency preparedness tiers; began describing the MDH emergency preparedness roles and responsibilities that support local health departments in planning, response and recovery; reviewed remaining four Blueprint priorities to assure progress; reviewed the Emergency Preparedness Essential Local Activities; and discussed funding of state and local public health emergency preparedness activities. This committee consisted of two subcommittees: The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Communications Subcommittee and the Public Health Roles and Responsibilities Subcommittee.

2008: Strategic Plan Update Workgroup
This workgroup reviewed the 2003 SCHSAC Strategic Plan, identified additional topics and issues to include in the 2008-2013 SCHSAC Strategic Plan, and updated the strategic plan for the next three to five years.

2007: Ad Hoc Group for a Statewide Health Promotion Plan
This ad hoc group provided input and local perspective for a statewide plan to implement and fund an ongoing comprehensive health promotion program for Minnesota.

2007: Correctional Health and Local Public Health Workgroup
This workgroup reviewed and updated the report of the 1997 SCHSAC Correctional Health Workgroup that identified the range of existing and potential activities of local health departments in correctional health services and recommended ways that MDH and the Minnesota Department of Corrections could support correctional health activities provided by local health departments.

2006: Creating Healthy Communities for an Aging Population Workgroup
This workgroup used a broad-based framework to discuss healthy aging and to identify recommendations with potential to address the issues associated with an aging population, particularly personal and population health needs for aging seniors.

2005-2006: Public Health Goals Update Review Group
This group developed a framework for the update and reorganization of the Healthy Minnesotans: Public Health Improvement Goals, and identified additional issues and/or indicators that should be included in the update of the goals.

2005-2006: Accountability Review Process Workgroup
This workgroup reviewed Minn. Stat. § 145A.131, subd. 3. (Accountability) and made recommendations to operationalize the provisions of the law that allow the Commissioner to withhold Local Public Health Act funding under certain circumstances.

2005-2006: Local Public Health Planning and Performance Measurement Reporting System (PPMRS) Workgroup
This workgroup oversaw and facilitated the development of the LPH PPMRS, made recommendations to address key questions related to the development of the LPH PPMRS during 2006, assigned work to subgroups, and developed mechanisms to get local input on key issues.

2004-2006: Funding Formula Ad Hoc Group
This group reviewed the funding formula for the community health boards’ portion of the CDC public health preparedness funds (possibly including one-time CDC pandemic influenza funding) and recommended changes as necessary.

2004-2005: Minnesota Public Health Information Network (MN-PHIN) Steering Committee and Strategic Plan Subcommittee
This group created a plan for the development and implementation of a statewide public health data management system; and oversaw current and future projects that come out of the strategic planning process, including Project A: Information System for the Local Public Health Act.

2004-2005: Disease Prevention and Control Issues Team
This team worked to strengthen state, local, and tribal public health relationships by making policy recommendations to the SCHSAC and Commissioner of Health on joint state-local infectious disease prevention and control issues; and promoted and fostered the consistent implementation and application of the framework.

2003-2006: Public Health Preparedness Review Group
This group clarified the activities, outcomes, and reporting mechanism for the local community health board public health preparedness grant project agreement so that local grantees and MDH can be successful in meeting the benchmarks established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

2003-2004: Assuring Essential Local Public Health Activities Throughout the State Workgroup
This workgroup recommended a purpose, common language, and framework for assuring the consistent provision of public health activities across the governmental public health system in Minnesota; identified essential local public health activities that must be available in all parts of the state; and recommended a mechanism for putting this framework and these activities into place.

2003: Ad Hoc Group on Development of Statewide Outcomes
This group advised the Commissioner of Health on the development of statewide outcomes for community health boards for the Local Public Health Grant for 2004.

2002-2003: Strategic Planning Workgroup
This workgroup revisited the original vision of CHS to reaffirm and/or revise it; developed a long-range strategic plan that will move the CHS system toward its vision and that defines success factors for a strong CHS system; and recommended activities that MDH, community health boards, and SCHSAC should undertake to implement the strategic plan.

2003: Terrorism Preparedness Workgroup
This workgroup provided input to MDH on development of the CDC cooperative agreement application for fiscal year 2003 Supplemental Funds for Public Health Preparedness and Response for Bioterrorism. This group broadly defined the roles and responsibilities of local public health agencies in achieving the critical benchmarks identified in the application guidance; discussed and proposed funding needs of local public health agencies to achieve the critical benchmarks identified in the application guidance; and provided input on a funding formula for distribution of the funds to local public health agencies.

2002: Environmental Health Workgroup
This workgroup examined the existing environmental health (EH) structures within the state, developed a shared vision mission for an EH system that is an integral part of the state and local public health partnership, developed an action plan for MDH and community health boards to move toward this vision, and developed a framework for shared stat and local responsibility to begin to address EH issues at the local level (e.g., food safety, groundwater, indoor air).

2000: Streamline Grants Administration Workgroup
This workgroup explored and recommended methods to achieve maximum efficiency and flexibility in MDH grants to community health boards while assuring that all administrative requirements are met and the MDH has the information it needs to demonstrate state-level accountability and continuous quality improvement.

1999: Expectations of the Community Health Services Partnership Workgroup
This workgroup identified a desirable vision for, and future characteristics of, the community health services partnership; defined future mutual expectations and needs of the partners, including behavioral indicators of an effective partnership; and recommended ways to further develop the community health services partnership.

1998: Local Public Health Accreditation Workgroup
This workgroup considered accreditation for local health departments in Minnesota. It developed a background paper and recommendations on the impact accreditation may have on local public health in Minnesota.

For more information on workgroups prior to this, contact the MDH Center for Public Health Practice.