Community Health

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The Community Health Unit engages with several community groups to address community priorities and needs for all age groups. Initiatives currently focus:

  • Increasing physical activity and nutrition
  • Reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and exposure
  • Promoting community connections
  • Positive mental well-being.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In Minnesota, community health assessments are performed for the geographic regions covered by Community Health Boards (CHB’s). A thorough and valid community health assessment is a customary practice and core function of public health, and also a national standard for all public health departments. Since the passage of the Local Public Health Act in 1976, Minnesota CHB’s have been required to engage in a community health improvement process, beginning with a Community Health Assessment (CHA). The Morrison-Todd-Wadena Community Health Board collaborates with local health care systems to complete a Community Health Survey and their community health needs assessment.  For more information on the results of the assessment, see the full report below.

Statewide Health Improvement Program

We all want to be healthy, but sometimes we need a helping hand. The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) does this by focusing on:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Improving nutrition
  • Reducing the number of people who use tobacco or are exposed to it. 

SHIP is a collaborative effort including:

  • Morrison, Todd, and Wadena County Public Health agencies
  • Local healthcare providers
  • Community groups
  • Worksites
  • Schools 

working together to make it easier for everyone to be healthier.

For more information contact Carmen Backowski

MDH's Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

The Morrison County Community Health Assessment team has completed a project to reduce youth obesity. Through this initiative, we wanted to incorporate improving overall community health, nutrition, and families spending time together in healthy ways. 

A project we have developed is a fitness trail, otherwise known as the Fit Trail, at the Little Falls Pine Grove Zoo/Park. The trail is about ½ mile long. Along the fitness trail will be various pieces of fitness equipment and workouts. Please check it out for a fun way to get outside and be active!