Local Health Data & Plans
All Community Health Boards (CHBs) in Minnesota are required to engage in assessment and planning to yield local public health priorities and focus local resources. These plans, adopted in 2014 to 2015, will guide the work of the CHB and can be used to advocate for resources, work toward visible results, and demonstrate accountability and efficiency. We are currently updating our plans for the 2015 to 2019 planning cycle.
- Community Health Assessment
- Community Health Improvement Plan
- Quality Improvement Plan
- Strategic Plan
Community Assessment is one of the core functions of public health. Local Community Health Boards use National, State, and Local data to assess the community’s health status and identify ongoing and emerging health issues.
The Le Sueur-Waseca Community Health Board has prepared the following Community Health Assessment for 2014. The purpose of this community health assessment of both Le Sueur and Waseca Counties is to collect and analyze data in a way that educates the community of important health priorities and mobilizes them to leverage resources, and create a plan of action to improve the community’s health.
View the Community Health Assessment
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a plan completed and implemented in conjunction with others in the community. Public Health acknowledges that to improve the health of the public, we cannot do it alone. Community partners, from health organizations, schools, and government agencies, will work together to address the identified top three health issues.
The Quality Improvement Plan outlines the goals and strategies the Le Sueur-Waseca Community Health Board will undertake to conduct quality improvement measures in the Public Health departments.
View the 2014 Quality Improvement Plan (PDF)
The Strategic Plan is an internal working document of the Le Sueur-Waseca Community Health Board. The strategic plan outlines the vision, goals and values of Public Health departments.
2018 Le Sueur County Demographic & Economic Profile
2016 South Central Community Health Survey
The 2016 South Central Minnesota Community Health Survey was conducted to learn about the health and health behaviors of residents of Le Sueur and Waseca Counties. Although many topics are covered in the survey, this summary report will focus on results related to:
- Alcohol Use
- Chronic Illness
- General Health
- Health Care Delay
- Mental Health
- Tobacco Use
The survey was sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and was prepared by The Improve Group. The survey was distributed to Le Sueur and Waseca County Residents between April 20 and June 17, 2016. A total of 4000 adult residents in Le Sueur and Waseca Counties were invited to participate and 875 completed a survey, for a response rate of 21.9 percent. Data preparation, cleaning, and statistical weighting was conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health and data analysis and reporting was conducted by The Improve Group.
Minnesota Student Survey
The Minnesota Student Survey is conducted every three years among three populations of students in Minnesota public schools:
- Students in Alternative Schools and Area Learning Centers (all grades)
- Students in Juvenile Correctional Facilities (all grades)
- Students in Regular Public Schools, Including Charter Schools and Tribal Schools (grades 6, 9, and 12 only)
The survey asks questions about activities, experiences, and behaviors. Topics covered include tobacco, alcohol and drug use, school climate, physical activity, violence and safety, connections with school and family, health, and other topics. Questions about sexual activity are asked only of high school students. The survey is administered jointly by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, and Public Safety. For further information email the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics.
Minnesota Department of Health Reports
Reports available on the Minnesota Department of Health web site include:
- County tables for 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016
- Regional tables for 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016
- Special reports on selected topics
- Statewide tables for 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016
- Trend reports from 1992 to 2013
Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020 contains 42 topic areas with nearly 600 objectives (with others still evolving), which encompass 1,200 measures. A smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, called Leading Health Indicators, has been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.
Great strides have been made over the past decade - life expectancy at birth increased; rates of death from coronary heart disease and stroke decreased. Nonetheless, public health challenges remain, and significant health disparities persist. The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators place renewed emphasis on overcoming these challenges as we track progress over the course of the decade.