Douglas County Comprehensive Plan

Location Douglas County Minnesota
Organization Minnesota Department of Health

In 2010, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received funds from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to support and conduct Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). This assistance provided an opportunity to collaborate with Douglas County Public Health to evaluate the County’s draft Comprehensive Plan from a public health perspective. Douglas County Public Health and MDH developed 12 health indicators based on community concerns identified by the HIA Work Group. The health indicators included identifying aging population and senior services, connectivity, recreational amenities (community facilities, gardens, parks and trails), economic opportunities, mixed-use development, traffic accidents, and complete streets/traffic calming. The project team assessed and made recommendations that will hopefully be incorporated into the final county comprehensive plan.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2011, June
  • Decision-Level County
  • Sector Built Environment
  • Organization Type Government Agency