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Olmsted County Planning for 2nd release of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) document (slated for October 2016)

November 14, 2015 Public Report On Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

 Message from Pete Giesen, Director, Olmsted County Public Health Services

Community Survey will be mailed to randomly selected households this week:

As many of you know, we are well under way with prepping and planning for our 2nd release of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) document (slated for October 2016) and updated community health priorities.  Current efforts are being focused on the data that will be included in the Assessment.  One crucial data source is the CHNA Community Survey.

 I am pleased to announce that the Community Survey will be mailed to randomly selected households this week.  Our hope is to have as high of a response rate as possible.  To tackle this, we are striving to communicate the purpose and importance through multiple avenues.  Please see below for broad-level information about the Community Survey, and please pass along to those within your current networks.  If you (or others) have any questions, please direct those to Stacy Sundve @

Olmsted County CHNA Survey:

  • Survey is ONE of many data sources for the CHNA; helps identify and define health priorities in Olmsted County
  • Randomly selected households throughout Olmsted County will receive the paper survey
  • One person will complete the survey (and return as soon as possible)
    • Completely voluntary and confidential
  • Valuable information will be gathered and analyzed
    • Health Status and Health Care
    • Health Behaviors
    • Housing and Environmental Health
    • Social and Financial Stress
    • Community Health Priorities
    • Demographics

 CHNA/CHIP Process:

  • Collaborative community effort began in 2012
  • Numerous community organizations, schools, worksites contribute to the overall process and are committed to keeping our community healthy

 Thank you for your help in spreading the word about the importance of the survey!


Pete Giesen, Director

Olmsted County Public Health Services

2100 Campus Drive SE

Rochester, MN  55904

Phone: 507-328-7434

FAX: 507-328-7501



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While it's good to see the community leading agencies continue to drive health improvements of its residents, my concern still remains that within Olmsted County there is no evidence of the existence of a process to bring forward the findings from the various initiatives and studies within SE MN to a "clearing house" to ensure that there is coordination of the information obtained and to provide a systems-wide approach to ensure these issues are addressed effectively. 

In particular there is no evidence that the the issue brought forward by CNG really is getting systematically addressed and if it is how?



Since April 2013, private, nonprofit and public human and social service providers, local philanthropies and elected officials have been meeting informally to understand the scope and impact of the Destination Medical Center plan and other initiatives on a range of community services and agencies.

Convening regularly as the Community Networking Group, we have been especially focused how initiatives such as DMC, Journey to Growth and the city comprehensive plan can help us advance as a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared.

Though our meetings include a variety of local community organizations, we address many issues related to improving the lives of those of us who live and work in Olmsted County. As these plans take shape, we believe it is time to explore how to productively align our shared community concerns with these planning efforts.

Recently, our group endorsed the Olmsted County Public Health Services Advisory Board's DMC plan recommendations presented to the Rochester City Council at its March 23 public hearing. The recommendations are a significant first step in ensuring the opportunities of economic growth are widely shared and enhance our quality of life.

Briefly, the Public Health Services Advisory Board's recommendations assume economic development initiatives like DMC can "promote or hinder individual health choices," and the board recommends social determinants of health, such as housing, education, income, transportation and others, be included as "key factors in evaluating development proposals." We agree.

Additionally, we would emphasize that DMC and other initiatives will have direct, substantial and sustained impact on the well-being of our families and the vitality of the community in which we live and work.

With this in mind, we presented our recommendations to DMC Corp. board during its April 23 public hearing. We stressed the nature of these community impacts will be determined by whether DMC project approvals result in, for example:

• Developing a public transit system for efficient access to human and social services, as well as work and entertainment.

• Building housing that is inclusive and affordable for all who live and work within the DMC district.

• Promoting employment that reflects our diverse community.

• Providing for those community services that address the social impacts of low-income jobs.

As the DMCC board and its Economic Development Agency implement the development plan to establish Rochester as a Destination Medical Center, we believe they should work with the community to create:

1. Policies that bring potential health and social impacts into the decision-making process.

2. Project approval criteria that evaluate the potential health and social impacts of a project before it is built.

3. Metrics that gauge progress toward positive health and social outcomes that promote and sustain an inclusive and healthy community.

We believe the concerns and recommendations we presented to the DMCC board at its recent public hearing were well-received. The agencies and organizations that provide community and social services need to play an integral role in the implementation of the DMC plan as well as the other planning initiatives now underway.

At this hearing, we also were pleased to hear other groups and individuals make similar presentations to the board on these same issues. These other voices confirmed for us that we are a community that welcomes economic growth but expects it to be pursued to the benefit of all who live here. We are confident this vision is shared by those leading these efforts, and we look forward to working with them to see it realized.

Jerome Ferson is United Way of Olmsted County president, chairman of the Community Networking Group and co-chairman of the J2G early childhood task force.


But if it is happening, I would like to join up.



November 14, 2015 Public Report On Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement



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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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