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Community Health Collaboration Conversation: Public Health, the Y and Diversity Council

May 10, 2018 Public Report On Health Assessment and Planning



OpenBeam facilitated a 2018-05-8 meeting with Josh May, the Y; Dee Sabol, Diversity Council and Meaghan Sheridan, Olmsted Public Health to introduce each organization's community health related activities to build out a "Community for Health".

Key Points:

1. Olmsted Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Plan history, work products and going forward - work group structure, data collection and analysis, quarterly health update forums

2. Diversity Council's role and the need to bring all voices to the table: such as park/recreation area inputs

3. Y's Community Health Living Index framework and Rochester Y's implementation priority, in particular addressing community needs

4. OpenBeam's notion of ensuring commercial sector ownership in building out a "community for health".

5. Non-profit Coalition:  Area agencies exploring resources sharing: physical facilities, common support resources, IT

 6. Diversity Council is connecting and meeting up with MN Y's Diversity/Inclusion support org. 

 7. Olmsted County's Pathway to Prosperity initiative


1. Better understanding of various efforts to ensure synergy and enhance collective impacts

2. Local Y will focus on immediate actionable items (such as providing swim lessons for under-represented kids)

3. Important to stay engaged and look for collaboration opportunities.  June Community Health Assessment and Planning Forum is such an opportunity. 

4. Better awareness of area-wide initiatives: Community Networking Group, Cradle to Career, In the City for Good, City of Compassion, Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI)l








May 10, 2018 Public Report On Health Assessment and Planning


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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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