History of Public Health in Nobles & Rock County
In 1969, The Rock County Commissioners approached the Nobles County Commissioners to provide Public Health nursing services to Rock County residents. Nobles County had formed the Public Health Nurse office in 1945 in the Nobles County Courthouse basement. In 1969, the Nobles-Rock Nursing Services was formed and the Luverne office was established in the basement of the then Southwestern Mental Health Center. Both offices have moved during the 35 years and have grown from providing Public Health nursing to broader Public Health services. During those 35 years of partnership, the joint powers agreements have been updated to reflect the changes and structure of the two-county Public Health organization.
History of Public Health in Minnesota
Minnesota’s Public Health system, known as Community Health Services (CHS); is a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota’s 51 Community Health Boards (CHBs), combinations of city and county boards of health representing all parts of the state. Since 1976, the MDH and CHBs have been working together closely in the areas of policy development, Public Health planning, and the development of strategies for protecting and promoting the public’s health. The legal authority of local Public Health is continued in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 145A, the Local Public Health Act. Each level of government plays a complimentary role, and each invests resources in the overall system.