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Community for Health Design System

Interlocking between DMC, Olmsted County and Rochester City and Community organizations to ensure social impacts are factored into DMC project evaluation process and City Comprehensive Plan (P2S).

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Lead Organization:

Collaborators: Community Networking Group (CNG) ; Diversity Council ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority ; Olmsted County Public Health Services ; Rochester Area Family Y ; Rochester Public Library ; United Way of Olmsted County ;


September 27, 2018: Indian Health Service Career Positions

Indian health programs are seeking health care professionals who are passionate about practicing within a unique, interdisciplinary team-based environment and one that embraces its mission.

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March 01, 2017: 2017 Policy Brief: Incorporating Healthy Community Design Principles into the Rochester Comprehensive Plan

"As we get closer to the public comment period for the Rochester Comprehensive Plan, I thought I’d pass along the “final” version approved by the Public Health Services Advisory Board.  Content hasn’t changed significantly since last year, but put into a different format (2 documents attached).  Feel free to share with CNG."

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January 31, 2016: Olmsted County Public Health, Pete Giesen, presents to CNG regarding health-based policies

In the 2016 January CNG meeting, Pete Giesen presented to CNG an approach to engage City Comprehensive Plan based on healthy community design principles.

Pete asks CNG friends and community members to consider the following healthy community principles as we evaluate the 3 P2S scenarios.

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April 23, 2015: CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles.

CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles.

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Detailed Description

Need a system and process to manage and track various formal community inputs to DMC and the City to build a "Community for Health".
The following was presented to DMC Board in its April 23, 2015 public forum:
There is a need for a social system to ensure:
  1. Policies that bring potential health and social impacts into the decision-making process.
  2. Project approval criteria that evaluate the potential health and social impacts of a project before it is built.
  3. Metrics that gauge progress toward positive health and social outcomes that promote and sustain an inclusive and healthy community.

Highlight Activities

CNG advocacy letter to DMCC Board in support of community health design principles.

Last modified by support on 2018/12/03
Created by allnode on 2015/04/25

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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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