Horizon Public Health Assessment, Plans & Shared Language


Horizon Public Health Community Health Assessment (CHA)

Every five years, Horizon Public Health conducts a Community Health Assessment (CHA). The purpose of this assessment is to learn about the health status of the people living in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse counties and identify areas for improvement. The CHA is used to develop a shared Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which outlines actions to address priority health issues.


Horizon Public Health Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

The Horizon Public Health Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a long-term plan that identifies health priorities, goals, objectives, and action steps aimed at improving the health of Horizon Community residents. The CHIP is used to set priorities, coordinate resources, develop policies to target efforts that protect, and promote health.


Horizon Public Health Strategic Plan

The Horizon Public Health Strategic Plan will serve as a guide as to how the organization can function better to serve its population through two identified priority areas. Each focus area and associated goal creates a broad statement of deliberate intent to elevate the health department’s performance and ultimately to positively impact the health of the residents of the five counties served by Horizon Public Health.


Horizon Public Health Annual Report

The Horizon Public Health Annual Reports are provided to inform the public of the important work that our staff perform. This report can help you learn more about our health department and see current trends.


Health Equity Terms

Equity is a core value of public health practice and is essential to ensuring communities have access to resources, services, and opportunities to thrive. A shared language can help us communicate, collaborate, and innovate more deeply with our community. We reviewed several documents and definitions to compile this list and gave our HPH staff and select partners the opportunity to give input and provide guidance as we modified terms to align with the needs of our organization. Please use and share this list widely as you and your teams work to advance equity. Equity Terms


Health Data Resources

Horizon Public Health LiveStories Profile
LiveStories puts local and state data at your fingertips. This is an interactive website to find public data. These data sets are pulled from sources such as the Census Bureau, including the American Community Survey, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they are organized by subject.  Click here to view

Horizon Public Health Substance Use and Overdose Profile
The purpose of this profile is to gain a better understanding of what the overdose epidemic looks like in the counties that Horizon Public Health serves and to make data-driven prevention decisions to improve health. This data is created and maintained by Minnesota Public Health.  Click here to view