Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives: About Us

Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII)


OSHII supports all Minnesotans in leading healthier lives, raising healthier families and building healthier communities by preventing chronic disease well before it starts.

We work to reduce the rates of the underlying causes of preventable illness and early death by:

  • Increasing the percentage of Minnesotans who eat more healthy foods
  • Increasing the percentage of Minnesotans who are more physically active
  • Reducing the percentage of Minnesotans who use commercial tobacco products or are exposed to secondhand smoke

We succeed by leveraging local and state partnerships, utilizing evidence-based best practices, conducting rigorous evaluation and partnering with communities. These strategies support sustainable change and create healthier communities.


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Tobacco Prevention & Control Unit
This unit connects health professionals and the public to valuable resources, including reports detailing the effects of tobacco use, educational materials, guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs and smoking cessation resources.
Tobacco Prevention and Control

Community Initiatives Unit
Local governments, businesses, schools, and leaders are the experts when it comes to their communities. Therefore, one key to statewide health improvement is supporting local public health, tribal health agencies and their partners with effective, science-based strategies, technical assistance and evaluation. By helping communities increase the availability of good nutrition, physical activity and decrease exposure to commercial tobacco products, the Community Initiative Unit is making it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy living as part of their daily lives.
Statewide Health Improvement Partnership

Evaluation & Surveillance Unit
It is critical that the work of OSHII be measured. It is also our responsibility to educate the public and inform our partners and the public about our work. Therefore, this unit works to support health improvement activities of OSHII through thorough rigorous evaluation.

Finance and Administrative Unit

Accurate, thorough financial controls are crucial in a time of scarce resources, while support staff are the glue that keeps OSHII operating efficiently. The Finance and Administrative Unit helps OSHII be effective while being good stewards of public resources.

Healthy Systems Unit
This unit connects health professionals and the public to valuable resources on workplace wellness, community health systems and early childhood.

Healthy Community Unit
The Healthy Community Unit supports Minnesotans to be active, eat healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight.
Early Childhood, Farm to School, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Safe Routes to School

Contact information: Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives
85 East 7th Place, Suite 220
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Telephone: 651-201-5443
Fax: 651-201-5800
Toll-free: 1-866-901-8316

Updated Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 01:29PM