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America's City for Health

Interlocking between DMC, Olmsted County and Rochester City and Community organizations to ensure social impacts are factored into DMC project evaluation process and City Comprehensive Plan (P2S).

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Project Impact(s): Aging, Best Practice, Business Process, Civic Engagement, Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Governance/Public Policy, Health, Housing, International, Intelligence, Mental Health, OpenBeam, Sustainability, Technology Enablement, Transportation, Workforce Development

This project is in Plan Phase.

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Collaborators, Project Type, Impacts, Related Projects



Lead Organization: DMC EDA

Contact: Kevin Bright ; Email: ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: DMC EDA ; Diversity Council ; Lotus Health Foundation ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority ; Olmsted County Public Health Services ; OpenBeam ; Rochester Community & Technical College ; Rochester Public Library ; United Way of Olmsted County ; Well Living Lab (A Delos and Mayo Clinic collaboration)

Potential Collaborators: AARP Rochester, MN ; Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) ; In the City for Good Steering Committee ; Salvation Army/Samaritan Medical Clinic

Related Projects

Community Health Assessment Process ; DMC Discovery Square ; Destination Medical Center (DMC) ; Discovery Walk Co-designing ; Envisioning a 21st Century City: Regional Issues, Global Perspectives ; Families Matter Mental Health Collaboration ; Housing Alliance Coalition ; LINK - Bus Rapid Transit ; Lifestyle Wellness Awareness Month ; Planning To Succeed: Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan (P2S) ; Rochester Vision 2050 ; Rochester Y Community Health Living Index Assessment (CHLI) ; The Village Community Garden & Learning Center (VCGLC) ; Update Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) Index


Major Impact:  Vision/Identity

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Aging, Best Practice, Business Process, Civic Engagement, Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Governance/Public Policy, Health, Housing, International, Intelligence, Mental Health, OpenBeam, Sustainability, Technology Enablement, Transportation, Workforce Development

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Livable City, Health & Wellness, Education/Learning Environment

Community Health Impacts:


Type of Project

Planning, Special  



Detailed Description
Need a system and process to manage and track various formal community inputs to DMC and the City to build a "Community for Health".
The following was presented to DMC Board in its April 23, 2015 public forum:
There is a need for a social system to ensure:
  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.


CNG Letter to DMC




Public Health Recommendations





OpenBeam Observations: 

  • Nothing official
  • Several initiatives have potential to drive toward a common purpose
  • Bottom up is the reality
  • Several "top down" projects that deliver the common good



  • Co-designing to be leveraged.
  • Still no system-wide coodination



Economic Front Presented to DMCC Board 










Key reports on: America's City for Health

Use of "America City for Health" as moniker to attract DMC investment (February 25, 2023)

Feb 2023 Business Development status; Nov. 2021 Presentation to DMCC Board in November 2021 Board Meeting. Focus on attracting more companies coming in.  America City for Health as lead generation asset. 

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ACH 2022 Info Log (January 22, 2022)
January 2022 Meeting Review Workgroup purpose (mission, vision, and values) and OpenBeam comments. 

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2019 Community for Health Workgroup Log (December 20, 2019)

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes 2018 and 2019 logging of notes and activities. 

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Olmsted County Public Health, Pete Giesen, presents to CNG regarding health-based policies (January 31, 2016)

In the 2016 January CNG meeting, Pete Giesen presented to CNG an approach to engage City Comprehensive Plan based on healthy community design principles.

Pete asks CNG friends and community members to consider the following healthy community principles as we evaluate the 3 P2S scenarios.

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Last modified by allnode on 2024/04/19
Created by allnode on 2015/04/25




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Project Phase Definitions
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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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.

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