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COVID-19 Impact Study Olmsted County, MN

In early 2021, Olmsted County Public Health Services partnered with Mayo Clinic and the Community Health Assessment and Planning (CHAP) process to administer both mailed and convenience COVID-19 Impact Survey questionnaires. The goal of the survey was to assess the impacts of COVID-19, with a focus on the three previously identified Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priorities of financial stress, mental health, and substance use. The Olmsted County COVID-19 Impact survey provides a glimpse of the toll that the pandemic has taken on our community. Much like the entire nation, more adults are reporting being financially stressed and having poor mental health. Here in Olmsted County, we see these changes connected to an increase in substance use. Additionally, the survey data provides insight into disparities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This glimpse should be used in accompaniment with community experience and data to best identify steps in recovery.

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Project Information

Collaborators, Project Phase & Type, Impacts, Related Projects


Lead Organization: Olmsted County Public Health Services; Mayo Clinic

Contact: Derrick Fritz ; Email: ; Phone: 507.990.4969

Known/Likely Collaborators: Mayo Clinic ; Olmsted County Public Health Services ; Olmsted Medical Center

Potential Collaborators: Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC)

Related Projects

Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)


Major Impact:  COVID-19

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Health, Pandemic, TBD

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Project Phase

Available  Phase

Project Type



Detailed Description

Covid Impact Survey Report





COVID-19 Related Event(s) => LINK

Key Beam Reports on:

Health, Pandemic, TBD  
June 29, 2022: Vaccines Protect Our Families

Information Series Article 2: Vaccines Protect Our Families

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June 03, 2022: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Residents can help Olmsted County identify top community health issues.

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May 02, 2022: Project HEALINGS Covid-19 Information Series

Project HEALINGS information: What are vaccines? 

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April 28, 2022: United Way Funding Opportunities

(a) 2022 RFP  (b)  2020 RFP United Way of Olmsted County is seeking proposals: (1) programs that provide high quality childcare or early childhood education and (2) proposal to "build back better". 

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April 09, 2022: Project HEALINGS Communication

Sample of partner recordings to encourage Covid vaccination

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March 16, 2022: Services Provided and Press Releases

Services provided; Announcement of SE MN Regional Crisis Center to open in July. 

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March 12, 2022: Rochester Area Family Y - A new beginning

February/March 2022 Newsletter: Extending the Y missions across the Rochester community: A message from the Rochester Y Board Chair 

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March 08, 2022: Tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue

1. 3/8/2022 Olmsted County Public Health press release to request survey responses; 2. 10/22/2021 Presentation to CMRC;  3. August update posted on Olmsted County website

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March 03, 2022: Green Business Recognition Program

An initiative to recognize local businesses for taking strides toward sustainability.

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February 27, 2022: Minnesota Department of Health 2022 Newsletters

Cultural, Faith, and Disability Communities COVID-19 Updates

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January 22, 2022: ACH 2022 Info Log

January 2022 Meeting Review Workgroup purpose (mission, vision, and values) and OpenBeam comments. 

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January 06, 2022: Supporting Student Success Means Supporting Diversity Education

In late December 2021, Diversity Council and other local organizations drafted and released a statement of support for Rochester Public Schools’ work on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Last modified by support on 2021/09/05
Created by support on 2021/07/02




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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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