Community health initiatives

Community partnerships help communities create, improve, and sustain physical and social environments that keep residents healthy and actively engaged in life.

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Community initiatives

We work on several fronts to improve the health of Hennepin County.

Active living

Healthy community planning and design

Cities, businesses and nonprofits partner with Hennepin County to consider policies and practices that integrate physical activity into daily routines and destinations through activities such as biking, walking and or taking transit.

Email Karen Nikolai at for more information.

Step To It Challenge

This is a four-week springtime physical activity campaign that motivates people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active. Family members, coworkers, schoolmates, neighbors, and friends come together to participate in this friendly competition among communities.

Email Dianne Blaydes at for more information.

Step To It Challenge website

Tobacco-free living

Smoke-free rental housing project: Hennepin County and its partner, Live Smoke Free, are helping create healthier multifamily rental housing environments by eliminating toxic secondhand smoke.

Email Catherine Stahl at for more information.

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Tobacco point of sale project

Hennepin County and its community partners offer technical assistance to policy makers who invite us to work with them on improving their efforts to protect youth from exposure to tobacco products.

Email Ruth Tripp at for more information.

Physical activity and nutrition

Healthy eating Minnesota initiative

Hennepin County is one of eight organizations in the state that is working on the Healthy Eating Minnesota initiative to make it easier for Minnesotans to eat healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Healthy Eating Minnesota is supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota as part of Prevention Minnesota.

Email Catherine Stahl at for more information.

Healthy Eating Minnesota website

Find fresh food at farmers’ markets near you with the new 2016 Farmer’s Markets web mapping application. Access from a web browser, smart phone, or tablet. See the help page for more information on how to use the application.

Physical activity and nutrition child care project

Hennepin County is partnering with child care providers on a project to improve nutrition and physical activity policies and practices.

Email Catherine Stahl at for more information.

Nutrition and physical activity self-assessment for child care website

Community health improvement partnership

Envisioning a healthier Hennepin County

The five Community Health Boards of Hennepin County convened the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) to foster and strengthen successful partnerships to improve health in our shared community. The intent of this collaborative work is to:

  • Develop a shared vision for improving health across public and private organizations.
  • Establish common health-related priorities within and across multiple organizations.
  • Identify actionable steps that could be executed collectively or collaboratively.
  • Foster complementary action and alignment of efforts.
  • Coordinate use of assets and resources to gain efficiencies and bridge gaps.

This plan, written on behalf of the partnership is intended to:

  • Document the progress to-date.
  • Be a guide for collaborative planning and action.
  • Influence strategic planning efforts at the individual organizational level.
  • It has been developed using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process, a community engagement planning tool.

CHIP resources

School readiness tools

For more information, call 612-543-5262.

CHIP Plan 2012-2015 (PDF).

The 2012-2015 Community Health Improvement Plan for Hennepin County Residents – a summary of the results of the 2012 planning process and the targeted strategic health goals

Appendix 1: Participants (PDF).

CHIP leadership group, forum participants, and survey participants

Appendix 2: The MAPP process details (PDF).

Overview of the MAPP process and how it was used in this planning process. Includes tables of summary information from the CHIP forum discussions and survey, characteristics of a healthy community and themes, and SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and Forces of Change discussions.

Appendix 3A: Data details (PDF).

  • 3.A.1. Hennepin Public Health Data website information
  • 3.A.2. 2012 CHIP survey questions and summary results
  • 3.A.3. Data PowerPoints from the CHIP forums 1 & 3
  • 3.A.4. Key findings from the 2010 SHAPE adult survey
  • 3.A.5. Key findings from the 2010 SHAPE child survey
  • 3.A.6. List of Community Health Assessment Indicator fact sheets from the Hennepin Public Health Data website

Appendix 3B: Indicator fact sheets (PDF).

  • Indicator fact sheets with data available during the 2012 CHIP process
  • CHIP planning data: provides links to the various data sources accessed for the community health assessment and data work for this process.

Public health data

This site provides links to information the results of the community health assessment.

Current CHIP steering committee members (PDF).

This document provides a listing of the current CHIP Steering Committee members and their associated organizations. 

For more information, call 612-543-5262 or email

    CHIP resources

    The CHIP school readiness tools are community engagement cards for families and caregivers of children birth to 5. Their is to encourage caregivers of children in their third year to take them for a 3-year well-child exam, and to their school districts for early childhood screening. Early screening helps to ensure that any delays or concerns can be identified early. Early access to intervention services can help children to be ready for school by kindergarten. 

    Outreach cards are available in English, Spanish, Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Hmong, Vietnamese and Russian. Contact us at 612-543-5262 for editable versions of these documents.

    When your child is 3 - English (PDF)

    When your child is 3 - Hmong (PDF)

    When your child is 3 - Oromo (PDF)

    When your child is 3 - Russian (PDF)

    When your child is 3 - Somali (PDF)

    When your child is 3 - Spanish (PDF)

    When your child is 3 - Vietnamese (PDF)

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