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Key Principles for the Healthy Communities Division

  • Use of the Social Ecological Model as a basis for prevention work
  • Focus on Upstream Causes of chronic disease.  Example: focus on nutrition and physical activity rather than cancer or heart disease.
  • Active Engagement of community to share ownership of work and increase impact.
  • Health Equity or striving for the highest level of health for all residents.
  • Implementation of
    • Evidence based programs to assure efforts have impact
    • Policy interventions that have an impact on everyone and make the policy the default for all.
    • System interventions that change the way we do something and therefore affects everyone in that system.
    • Environmental interventions that change the physical infrastructure of a community to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Health Communities Division Work includes:

  • Implementation of  “population or community” strategies that assist residents in making healthy choices where they live, learn, work and play.
  • Collaboration and partnerships with other organizations and community groups around health issues.
  • Quality Improvement Activities
  • Development of performance measures and outcomes for programs and services
  • Toward Zero Death (TZD) grant
  • Minnesota Department of Health Tobacco Free Communities Grant – 4 Corners Partnership
  • ClearWay Minnesota Grant - 4 Corners Partnership
  • SHIP grant - SHIP Program
  • Providing statistical and community data to organizations throughout the county
  • Local Assessment and Planning – Community Health Assessment Priority Report 2012
  • Implementation of health priorities – currently in process
    1. Family and Parenting
    2. Mental Health
    3. Unhealthy Eating Habits
    4. Lack o f Exercise
    5. Economic Health
    6. Chemical Health
    7. Driving Behaviors
    8. Transportation Options
    9. Obesity
    10. Health Insurance Concerns


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