At least every five years, Sherburne County Public Health is required to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and prepare a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The purpose of the CHNA is to learn about the health status of the people living in Sherburne County and identify top community health concerns and areas for improvement. The information learned during the CHNA process is then used to create the CHIP.
Neighboring counties have the same requirement and CentraCare has a similar requirement.
In an effort to be more effective in meeting the needs of the community and completing mandatory requirements, the three Public Health Agencies in the counties of Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns, along with CentraCare, have developed a partnership called the Central MN Alliance (CMA) to complete the CHNA and CHIP work together.
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!