Minnesota Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes State Plan Update - Minnesota Department of Health

2030 Minnesota Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Statewide Plan Update

Creating a roadmap to reduce health disparities and improve the health of Minnesotans

Cardiovascular disease—including heart disease and stroke—is responsible for a quarter of all deaths in the state, and diabetes and pre-diabetes, which is estimated to affect as many as two million Minnesotans, can lead to devastating health consequences. These two diseases impact some Minnesotans more than others due to long-standing, systemic racial health inequities and geographic inequities. The road to health equity is unfinished but through joint partnerships we have a unique opportunity to significantly reduce the number of Minnesotans who are impacted by these diseases and thereby help to improve the health of all communities.

It is in the interest of all Minnesotans to reduce the occurrence of these diseases by focusing on creating more prospects for good health for the communities faced with the greatest disparities, improving treatment of the diseases and helping individuals better manage heart disease, stroke and diabetes. That can be done through broad-based efforts at the community and state level, through organizational and individual actions and by the implementation of effective local and state policies.

The 2030 Minnesota Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Statewide Plan is a state- and community-based effort. The plan will bring local communities, advocates, health care providers and public health partners together to think, plan, design and coordinate action that will create and promote conditions that will lead to better individual and community health outcomes throughout Minnesota. Its goals are to:

  • Eliminate racial and geographic health inequities.
  • Remove barriers to good health.
  • Increase access to affordable, culturally appropriate high-quality prevention and clinical and disease self-management options for those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

The plan will be a road map and call to action for individuals, communities and organizations to collaborate and prevent, treat and manage diabetes, heart disease and stroke for the next ten years and thereby help to save lives in communities throughout Minnesota.

Get Involved
To reduce the number of people getting cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Minnesota, we need your guidance, input, ideas and help to make the 2030 Plan as workable and effective as possible. Your partnership is crucial to help start addressing the racial and geographic disparities that lead to poor health. Whether you are an organization working in communities, a healthcare professional, policy-maker, or someone with an interest in diabetes, heart disease or stroke, you can help design, implement, and sustain this plan’s initiatives. Our success depends on champions from a wide range of organizations working together to help create and implement the plan. You can:

  • Participate in community meetings to co-design how the plan will be carried out
  • Serve on a work group
  • Be a champion for one or more parts of the plan
  • Partner on funding opportunities for specific initiatives or projects identified in the plan

To learn more, or to get involved in the planning process, please contact Martha Roberts at 651-201-4092 or martha.roberts@state.mn.us.


In 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes in the state. We reviewed past strategic plans, gathered community input through an online survey, analyzed surveillance data and conducted interviews of key community members.

Strategic Planning Process

In order to advance cardiovascular health and diabetes outcomes and health equity, Minnesotans need to work together in authentic, collaborative, and innovative ways. In March 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health convened a Leadership Team of community leaders to help advise and guide the planning process. The Leadership Team, made up of stakeholders from communities, non-profits, clinics, health systems and local and state agencies, adopted three key areas for focus in this plan:

  • Prevention
  • Acute Treatment
  • Disease Management

Three workgroups, comprised of members representing various sectors and communities, first met in August 2019. The groups reviewed current guidelines, discussing evidence-based and emerging best practices, and developing and recommending objectives and strategies through facilitated discussions. The small group planning phase ended in August 2020.

Finalizing the Plan

To ensure all voices are heard, MDH will continue engage with a range of communities across the state before finalizing the Strategic Framework in late summer 2021. A one- to three-year plan will then be created by stakeholders to build the engagement infrastructure and put strategies into actions.

Past Plans


Updated Wednesday, 30-Jun-2021 08:58:52 CDT