2021 Conference Information

The “How Healthy Are We in the Northland?” conference was held Friday, May 14, 2021, 1-3PM, via Zoom webinar.  It marked the release of the 2020 Bridge to Health Survey regional report.  A summary of the survey methodology and regional level data analysis was presented.

Presentation slides:


Conference video Youtube link:


Meet the Speakers:

A Kinney from Ann

Senior Research Scientist with the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics at the Minnesota Department of Health.  She has been with the Department since 1995.  Dr. Kinney provides technical assistance to state and local public health agencies and public health collaboratives regarding survey research methodology and the use of survey and other statistical data. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Ann has been a technical advisor to the Bridge to Health Collaborative since its inception.


 Ann Kinney, PhD











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A principal at Finch & King, Inc., Mike provides business development and analytics support to the health care sector. In addition, he is the Executive in Residence in the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  Mike has been a consultant to the Bridge to Health Collobraorative since its inception.


Mike Finch, PhD

Survey Topics

  • Current health conditions
  • Lifestyle factors that impact health
    • Nutrition
    • Physical activity
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol use
  • Access to medical, mental, and dental health care
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Social connection and belonging
  • Social and economic needs
    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Housing
  • Impacts of COVID-19


Geographic Area of the Survey


  • Aitkin County
  • Cook County
  • Carlton County
  • Itasca County
  • Koochiching County
  • Lake County
  • Pine County
  • St. Louis County
  • City of Duluth
  • Duluth Hillside Neighborhood
  • Duluth Lincoln Park Neighborhood


  • Douglas County