Goal: All people living in Minnesota will have optimum physical and mental health.

The saying "If you don't have your health, you don't have anything" holds true for our state and its regions. Quality of life in Minnesota is intrinsically tied to the health of its inhabitants. Individually, robust health makes people feel good physically and mentally, bolsters an optimistic outlook, and extends life expectancy. Collectively, we all benefit when our citizens are strong and healthy.

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A strong economy depends on the good health of its citizens. Healthy people may be better able to work and secure higher levels of education, which contributes to personal wealth and regional prosperity. Businesses retain a vital and productive workforce, which attracts new economic growth to the region. Health care costs, and their burden to society, are reduced.

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People without health insurance
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Fewer people lack health insurance

Minnesota and the U.S. as a whole saw a substantial drop in the number and proportion of residents without health insurance between 2013 and 2015. In Minnesota, 242,798 (5.2%) residents under age 65 lacked health insurance in 2015, down from 436,000 (9.3%) in 2013. Nationally, the rate dropped nearly 6 percentage points.

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Paul Mattessich

What's the most effective way to get action started to improve community health? Start a fire. Paul Mattessich, executive director of Wilder Research and Compass project director explains.

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