Public Health Assessment and Planning

Community Health Assessment

Southwest Health and Human Services has completed 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.

2019 SWHHS Community Health Assessment

One of the tools used in the assessment process was the quality of life survey. Survey results and conversations with community members determined the top ten health concerns for SWHHS residents.

Past Community Health Assessments

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.

2020-2024 SWHHS Community Health Improvement Plan

Past Community Health Improvement Plans:

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.

From the quality of life survey and conversations with the community members the top ten health concerns have been determined for Redwood County residents.

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