Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties
With Aitkin, Itasca and Koochiching counties
SHIP works to empower underrepresented communities in making their voices heard when it comes to their health. Many are organizing around ZIP codes to make healthy living an option in every neighborhood. By investing in chronic disease prevention in these communities, we can save significant money on health care spending costs.
Patrick Boyle, St. Louis County Commissioner
- Staying Healthy and Making Money (PDF)
- Raising strong babies with breastfeeding guidance for new moms (PDF)
How Healthy Northland is improving the health of its communities
Working with schools
- Healthy eating in schools: SHIP is working with schools to offer healthy snacks and healthy food at celebrations and fundraisers. In addition, Farm to School connects farmers with schools to provide fresh, local foods. Efforts may include school gardens to educate children and supplement food offerings. For example, in 2012, the Nutriman Garden & Snack Program provides healthy snacks to K-first grade students from the school garden, local farmer, and local grocer. A Kindergarten teacher reported that a parent told her, “I had no idea my child liked grapefruit until we went to the store and he said that he had them for snack at school!” According to our fall survey, 84% of parents believed their children learned to eat new fruits and vegetables from this program.
- More physical activity: SHIP helps schools with Safe Routes to School programs, making it easier for kids to walk or bike to school. For example, in 2012, approximately 1500 students participated in International Bike and Walk to School Day events held in Moose Lake, Two Harbors, Aitkin and McGregor. Plus, SHIP works to integrate more physical activity into their students’ day through Active Classrooms programs, active recess and physical education.
- Decreased exposure to second-hand smoke at colleges: SHIP teams up with colleges interested in a tobacco-free policy for staff and visitors on school grounds, in student housing, and at school sponsored events.
- More physical activity: SHIP helps create active communities by increasing opportunities for walking and bicycling.
- Less exposure to second-hand smoke at home: SHIP helps building owners who wish to develop smoke-free housing policies. For example, in 2012, SHIP worked with the American Lung Association Minnesota to help four apartment building owners create smoke-free policies covering almost 400 units.
Prevention in health care
- Working with health care providers: SHIP works with health care providers, including support for breastfeeding. For example, in 2012, St. Louis and Carlton County Public Health and Human Services Directors and the County Board in Carlton signed a letter and passed a resolution in support of the Commons Hospital Health Challenge. The challenge includes: the elimination of hospital sugary beverage sales, adoption of the World Health Organization Baby Friendly Hospital Guidelines, and a commitment to serve local, sustainable food.
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Community Leadership Team
- Diane Booth, Cook County Extension/Community Center
- Holly Butcher, City of Cloquet
- Timothy Caroline, ISD 97 Moose Lake
- Al Goodman, Lake County
- Mimi Stender, Healthy Duluth Area Coalition
- Drew Digby, Dept of Economic Development
- Pam Kramer, Local Imitative Support Coalition
- Cheryl Meld, McGregor Schools
- Jan Derdowski, Extension
- Jenell Feller, Occupational Development Center
- Betsy Johnson, Itasca County Extension
- Valerie Plackner, Grand Itasca Clinic/Hospital
- Elizabeth Dohnanskey, Cloquet Public Schools
- Dave Dailey, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
- Anita Provinzino, HRA of Hibbing
- Kim Pearson, Essentia East St. Mary’s Medical Center
- Jenny Peterson, Generations
- Dr. Tom Clifford, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis CHB