Local Public Health Assessment & Planning
Community Health Assessment
At least every five years, the Benton County Public Health Unit conducts a Community Health Assessment (CHA). The purpose of this assessment is to learn about the health status of the people living in Benton County and identify areas for improvement. This assessment is then used to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
In an effort to be more effective in meeting the needs of the community, the three Public Health Agencies in the counties of Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns, along with CentraCare, have developed a partnership called the Central Minnesota Community Health Partnership (Central MN Alliance).
Every three years, CentraCare is required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment and develop an Community Health Improvement Plan to address identified needs. At the same time, all Local Public Health Agencies in Minnesota are required to complete this same type of assessment and an improvement plan every five years. Going forward, Local Public Health will align with CentraCare and complete this work, as a region, every three years.
This essential collaboration between hospitals and public health is important in order to address population health needs and to decrease the duplicative nature of these two separate assessment and planning requirements. Therefore, this document serves as the Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for CentraCare and serves as the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Implementation Plan for Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns Counties.
Furthermore, this work has not been done in isolation but in collaboration with the community. There have been and will continue to be opportunities for input into the process, the product, and future needs or changes to the document. This is significant because it is not only a guide for these initial partners but is also the plan for interventions by you, the community.
We encourage you to continue to partner with all of us as we strive to make the Central Region of Minnesota the healthiest in the state!
Community Health Assessment Results 2019
Community Health Survey Results 2016
- View the 2016 Health Survey Results.
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Community Health Survey Results 2013
Community Health Improvement Plan
A community health improvement plan is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems in a community. The plan is based on the results of community health assessment activities, and is part of a community health improvement process. A community health improvement plan is developed through a collaborative process, and defines a vision for the health of the community.
In Minnesota, community health improvement plans are developed for the geographic regions covered by community health boards (CHBs). A community health improvement plan is a customary practice of public health and also is a national standard for all public health departments. Since the passage of the Local Public Health Act in 1976, Minnesota CHBs have been required to engage in a community health improvement process, beginning with a community health assessment.
Community input and ownership is critical to the development of the statutorily required 5 year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Benton County. This document is a resource for all residents and agencies, whether public, private, or non-profit, in Benton County. It is a comprehensive planning tool to move health forward within the County. If you live or work in Benton County, this is your plan.
Strategic planning is a process for defining and determining an organization’s roles, priorities, and direction over three to five years. A strategic plan sets forth what an organization plans to achieve, how it will achieve it, and how it will know if it has achieved it.
This strategic plan provides a guide for making decisions on allocating resources and on taking action to pursue strategies and priorities for Benton County’s Public Health Unit. View the Strategic Plan Report 2020-2024 (PDF).
Quality Improvement Plan
Quality improvement (QI) in public health is the use of a deliberate and defined improvement process like Plan-Do-Study-Act (or PDSA), which is focused on activities that are responsive to community needs and improving population health. It refers to a continuous and ongoing effort to achieve measurable improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness, performance, accountability, outcomes, and other indicators of quality in services or processes which achieve equity and improve the health of the community.
A quality improvement plan is a basic guidance document that describes how a health department will manage, deploy, and review quality. It also serves to inform staff and stakeholders of the direction, timeline, activities, and importance of quality and quality improvement.
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The Benton Plan
Benton County Public Health Unit will utilize this document as a guide for all quality improvement projects. Download the Quality Improvement Plan 2014 (PDF).