In the state of Minnesota, Community Health Boards (CHB) are required to complete a community health assessment (CHA) and community health improvement (CHIP) plan every five years according to MN Statute 145A. In Meeker, McLeod and Sibley counties this was a collaborative process with numerous community partners.
A modified framework called Mobilizing Action through Partnerships for Planning (MAPP) was followed to execute the process. From this event three health priorities were identified: mental health, prevention and wellness and obesity prevention.
Three subcommittees were formed under the direction of the MMS HC collaborative, Community Leadership (CLT) to identify SMART objectives, and action steps through the performance management framework. The work of these subcommittees is the basis of the current community health improvement plans (CHIP).
Minnesota statute 145A requires this assessment every five years, while the IRS requires non-profit hospitals to complete an assessment every three years. Due this timing discrepancy and need to partner, MMS CHS will be completing the process every three years.
This means the CHA process will build on current work of the subcommittees, review new data sources (including local community health survey data and focus group data), identify any new priorities and refine the work of the subcommittees.
A planning committee consisting of members of public health, hospitals, and MDH have been meeting since December of 2015 for the CHA workshop being held on June 2nd, 2016.