Community Programs and Partnerships

Community Program and Partnership Descriptions

Isanti County Public Health (ICPH) partners to help promote, preserve, and protect the health of residents.  The following is a list of community programs and partnerships currently in operation, including community partners and other resources.

Local Public Health Assessment and Planning

Isanti County Public Health assesses the health needs in the community, and partners with other organizations to write a goal-oriented community health improvement plan.  Local health data and input from a variety of community perspectives help guide this process.


Allina Health – Cambridge Medical Center, Partners in Healthy Living and Community Leadership Team, Public Health Commission, Isanti County residents and community leaders.

Products, Resources, and Contacts

See the most recent Community Health Improvement Plan or the Executive Summary of the plan.  For more information, contact Sarah Motl: (763) 689-8280 -

Minnesota Board on Aging Dementia Grant

Isanti County Public Health recently submitted a proposal to the Minnesota Board on Aging requesting funding to expand services related to dementia and care giving support.  The main goals of the project are to raise awareness of dementia in our community, enhance the connection between caregivers and community resources, and develop a model for dementia care in the community.


Allina Health – Cambridge Medical Center, Family Pathways, ACT on Alzheimer’s – Cambridge, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, Central Minnesota Council on Aging, Senior Activities Center Cambridge, GracePointe Crossing, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Cambridge Campus.

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Dementia Resource Guide

See the Grant Proposal for details about this project, or the Executive Summary.  For more information, contact Sarah Motl: (763) 689-8280 -

Mental Health Planning

Mental health is an important issue for the Isanti County community.  Access barriers and negative stigma surrounding mental illness continue to prevent the community from achieving its highest potential in regards to mental health.  That is why ICPH is partnering with a variety of local stakeholders to promote positive mental health, prevent stress from leading to crisis, provide resources for those in crisis, and support those living with mental illness.


Allina Health – Cambridge Medical Center, Isanti County Family Services, Region 7E Adult Mental Health Initiative, Cambridge-Isanti Schools, Braham Schools, East Central Crisis Services, Medica, and others.

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Isanti County Public Health works with community partners to eliminate stigma around mental illness and help people connect with services in the community.   

Isanti County Public Health hosts monthly Mental Well-being and Resilience Learning Community sessions on the Last Tuesday of each month, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Isanti County Government Center, 555 18th AVE SW, Cambridge, in the Emergency Operations Center on the lower level.

• The first hour is a webinar about innovative strategies to promote mental well-being and resilience, emphasizing community-based and community-driven initiatives.

• The second hour includes practice discussions, sharing similar efforts in your location, relevant research or resources, networking, and planning next steps.

The remaining 2018 dates include September 25, October 30, and November 27.

To register, visit:    

For more information, contact Cassandra Shaker: (763) 689-8276 -

Public Health Internships and Learning Opportunities

ICPH values continuous learning and development of the public health workforce.  Students in nursing and other programs can gain practical experience by observing the variety of programs offered by ICPH and making connections with our experienced staff.


Past participants in internship and experience opportunities include Bethel School of Nursing, Herzing School of Nursing, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Iowa State University and Anoka-Ramsey School of Nursing.

Products, Resources, and Contacts

For information about hosting students, please contact the Nursing Supervisor: Mo Spike (763) 689-8272, , or the Public Health Director: Tony Buttacavoli  (763) 689-8284,

East Central Breastfeeding Coalition

A network of breastfeeding advocates that make up a passionate group from public health, health care and community members to help fill gaps and connect families in breastfeeding support!  We meet monthly except July and December. 


Chisago County Public Health-WIC, First Light Health Care, Isanti County Public Health-WIC, Kanabec County Public Health-WIC, Partners in Health Living, Allina Health-Cambridge Medical Center,  Cambridge-Isanti Early Childhood Family Education, Pregnancy Resource Center, and mothers of the community. 

Products, Resources, and Contacts

For more information about meetings or projects, check out our website:
contact Sarah Motl: (763) 689-8280 -

Partners in Healthy Living

PIHL is a four-county collaborative of Isanti, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, and Pine counties.  PIHL uses science-based or best practice strategies that are both effective and long-term.  We are working with the schools, healthcare, community, and workplace to reduce obesity and increase tobacco-free living in our communities.


Local school districts, workplace, and health care systems implementing evidence based classes.

Products, Resources, and Contacts

Click here for Partners in Healthy Living Website
For more information please connect with Jenae Mettling, Isanti County PIHL Coordinator, (763) 689-8256 -

“Supported by the Statewide Health
Improvement Partnership, 

Minnesota Department of Health.”

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Logo

BIKE Isanti County

The goal of Bike Isanti County is to promote bicycling as a form of transportation by connecting communities to destinations throughout Isanti County.

Goals & Accomplishments

Identified existing bicycle trails within Isanti County.  These included the City of Cambridge and the City of Isanti bike trails, the Cambridge / Isanti Bike Trail, and trails within Isanti County Parks. Identify possible trail connections. Provide handout identifying county road system taking into consideration shoulder widths as well as the Average Daily Total (ADT) of vehicle traffic.


Isanti County Parks, Isanti County Public Health, Isanti County Highway, Isanti County Board of Commissioners, City of Cambridge, City of Isanti, North 65 Chamber of Commerce, and members of the public that are bicycle enthusiasts.

Products, Resources, and Contacts

Bike Isanti County managed by Barry Wendorf, Isanti County Parks Director and funded by Partners in Healthy Living.
Please connect with Jenae Mettling, (763) 689-8256 -

Cambridge-Isanti School Garden

This local School and Community Garden Project is increasing healthy food and educating the students of CIHS. Angel Garden is a healing flower garden in honor of staff and students that are no longer with us.


Cambridge-Isanti Food and Consumer Science, Cambridge-Isanti Special Educations, Isanti County Master Gardens, Isanti Count Public Health-WIC, SACS-Friendship Cafe, City of Cambridge, Allina Health.


For information about program please contact Katie Walker,

East Central Food Access Network (ECFAN)

This group is looking for ways to increase the use of healthy food in our community and schools.  These quarterly meetings are facilitated by U of M Extension Staff.


U of M Extension-SNAP-ed staff, Partners in Healthy Living Coordinators, Local Food Service Directors, Farmers Market Managers, Food Shelf Managers, MN Farmers Union, Catholic Charities, and other community partners networking together to bring healthy food to our community.


For information about the meetings please contact Megan King,