Community health needs assessments (CHNA)

80% of what impacts the health of children happens outside the clinic walls.

That’s why Children’s Minnesota continues to leverage community health needs assessments (CHNAs) to actively engage our partners across various social sectors to improve the health of the children and families we serve.

To be every family’s essential partner in raising healthier children, we’re committed to hearing from families and collaborating with community leaders and organizations. As extensive as our expertise is, it will never equal the insight children, families and communities have about their own health and well-being.


Children’s Minnesota completed its 2019 CHNA in December 2019. The 2019 assessment was designed to build upon key learnings from 2016 as well as efforts to address priorities through investments in services and community relationships.  The assessment process, similar to 2016, gathered input from the community and Children’s Minnesota staff and reviewed existing data to identify critical needs.

Its priority health issues were:

Structural racism

Health disparities

Economic opportunity and income

Mental health and developmental well-being

Access to resources


Children’s Minnesota completed its 2016 CHNA in December 2016. The assessment was guided by a Community Advisory Committee throughout 2016, approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors on December 13, 2016 and made available online December 31, 2016.

Its priority health issues were:


Mental health and well-being

Access to resources

Income and employment


Structural racism


Children’s Minnesota conducted its 2013 CHNA which was focused on the seven-county metro area.

Its priority health issues were:

Access to care

Maternal and child health

Mental health

Morbidity and mortality

Social and economic factors