Public Health is committed to promoting, protecting and improving the health of the communities in which it serves.
For the most recent documents, reports and laws related to public health, click the links below.
Documents and reports
- Annual Report 2017
- Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
The CHIP was developed through a joint effort of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Minneapolis and Hennepin County. The plan includes a Community Health Assessment, vision and guiding principles, strategic health issues and goals, stakeholder engagement and planning, and additional resources and tools.
- Health assessments
- Housing and Health 2018 (Health Equity Data Analysis in Richfield)
- Minnesota Student Survey Data 2015-2017
Laws related to public health (and additional resources)
- A social host ordinance holds persons criminally responsible for hosting events where persons under 21 years of age are permitted to consume alcohol.
- E-cigarette use is prohibited in the following public spaces:
- Places at work
- Restaurants and bars (including their outdoor spaces)
- City-owned parks and recreational areas
- The legal tobacco sales age is 21.
- Healthy eating, biking and walking (Bloomington, Edina and Richfield)
- Know your rights as a breastfeeding mom.
Looking for an internships, field experience and/or clinical placements?
Before completing an application, read through the following guidelines:
- A contract must be in place between the City of Bloomington and the college or university before a student can apply. Public Health has contracts with the following programs:
- Bethel University Nursing
- Normandale Community College Dietetics
- Normandale Community College Community Health
- University of Minnesota Public Health
- University of Minnesota Nursing
- Preference will be given to post-secondary college students living in south Hennepin County, especially within the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield.
- Preference must be given to students currently enrolled at local colleges or ones within Minnesota.
- The time commitment will be for a minimum of 40 hours.
- Applications should be completed at least 2 months prior to requested start date.
- Applications must include:
- Current transcript
- Course syllabus that includes course expectations and requirements
- End of semester evaluation requirements
- Before starting an internship, a student's professor must provide confirmation of:
- Blood borne pathogen training
- HIPPA training
- Criminal background check within the past 2 years
- Up-to-date immunizations
- Mantoux test completed within the past 2 years
- Written and verbal contact from a professor is required.
- An interview may be requested before being accepted.
- Public Health reserves the right to deny placement on the premise that we do not have the capacity or time to complete a contractual agreement.
Questions? Contact Eileen O'Connell at 952-563-4964 or Public Health at 952-563-8900.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT volunteers are members of the community trained in basic response skills by emergency personnel. Volunteers are prepared to save lives, prevent the spread of disease and protect themselves, their families and their community in the event of a disaster.
CERT training is a collaboration between Bloomington and Richfield.
For more information, visit the City of Richfield.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
MRC volunteers include medical professionals and nonmedical community members without healthcare backgrounds. Volunteers help to strengthen public health emergency response efforts, build community resiliency and engage the public in health promotion information and community events.
Interested in learning more? Email your questions to MRC@BloomingtonMN.gov.
To become a volunteer:
- Complete a City of Bloomington volunteer application and background check authorization form and email to MRC@BloomingtonMN.gov.
- Read through the following tutorial on how to complete an online profile.
- Once you have received confirmation, complete the following trainings and email your certificate(s) to MRC@BloomingtonMN.gov.
In the news
- Preparing for and responding to public health threats such as bioterrorism, pandemics and community trauma is an important role of Public Health.
- Hennepin County Board, Richfield City Council, Bloomington School Board, and numerous community members met to discuss the work of the Latina Network for Early Education.
- The Public Health Alliance of Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield allows each city to have complete autonomy, yet work collaboratively toward promoting, protecting, and improving the overall health of these communities. Tobacco 21 (T-21) policy work is no exception and serves as a great example of how each city impacts the health of its stakeholders and takes action to make positive change.