Public Health Assessment and Planning

Community Health Assessment

Southwest Health and Human Services is gearing up for the 2019 Community Health Assessment (CHA).  The Community Health Assessment is community-driven process SWHHS uses to establish health priorities and identify strategies to improve health in the six-county service area. 

From December 2018-January 2019,  the Planning and Assessment Team is asking people who live, work, or play in the six-county area to take the following Quality of Life Survey.  

Paper copies are also available at the Southwest Health and Human Services offices in Slayton, Pipestone, Luverne, Marshall, Redwood Falls, and Ivanhoe.

Town hall meetings will be held in each of the counties in the spring of 2019 to narrow down health priorities.

In 2014 Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) released their community health assessment,  which summarizes the top health concerns reported by residents, and examines trends and issues that impact community health. See the link below.

2014 SWHHS Health Assessment-

Community Health Improvement Plan

The SWHHS Community Health Improvement Plan is a key step in a long-term, systematic effort to address public health issues identified in the community health assessment.

The plan is intended to be a call to action and a guide for community stakeholders to improve health in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock Counties.

SWHHS Community Health Improvement Plan 2015-2019

2015 Southwest Minnesota Healthy Communities Survey

The 2015 Southwest Minnesota Healthy Communities Survey was conducted to learn about the health and health habits of residents living in 16 counties in southwest Minnesota. The information provided below highlights the findings in our 6 county region.

2017 Cultural Focus Groups

In the summer of 2017, Southwest Health and Human Services contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a community health needs assessment to identify the health needs and assets of prominent cultural groups in the six-county region.  Wilder Research conducted five focus groups with four cultural communities in the Southwest region: American Indian (Lower Sioux), Hmong, Latino, and Somali. The information below contains the summary reports for each community. 


Health Equity Data Analysis Project: Lincoln County

Lincoln County HEDA Evaluation Summary
SWHHS Health Equity Data Analysis April 30, 2018 (FINAL)

LiveWell is community-wide partnership focused on enhancing all areas of health and well-being for all those that live, learn, work, and play in Redwood County. 

For more information on the CHA, CHIP, Adult Health Survey, or Focus Groups contact Public Health Director, Carol Biren at (507) 537-6713.