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How Minneapolis is improving the health of its community

The Statewide Health Improvement Program covers 51 counties, four cities and one tribal government.The City of Minneapolis received a grant of $1,047,373 for fiscal years 2012-13.

Working with schools

  • Healthy eating in schools: With Farm to School, SHIP connects farmers with schools to provide fresh, local foods. Efforts may include school gardens to educate children and supplement food offerings. In addition, SHIP is working with schools to offer healthy snacks and healthy food at celebrations and fundraisers. For example, on the heels of Minneapolis’s great success with nutrition improvements in traditional schools, in 2012, all eight Minneapolis charter schools are now in gear. The schools have completed food environment assessments, convened wellness committees, and are working on action plans for bringing healthier food to their schools. Farmers willing to supply produce to charter schools were identified and one caterer has started purchasing from a local farmer cooperative.
  • More physical activity for kids: SHIP helps schools with Safe Routes to School programs, making it easier for kids to walk or bike to school. For example, on “Minnehaha Mondays” seven school buses drop off more than 300 Northrop students at Minnehaha Creek. Accompanied by parents and school staff members, the students follow a .6 mile designated route to school, providing an opportunity for students who live beyond walking and biking distance to build good habits of physical activity and fresh air.
  • 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.

Healthier communities

  • Increased access to healthy food: SHIP works to improve access to nutritious foods by increasing availability and affordability in grocery and corner stores, concession facilities and other food vendors. For example, in 2012, Minneapolis recruited 27 new stores to participate in their Healthy Corner Store initiative, conducted assessments and enhancements at 15 stores, and community engagement events at 10 stores. In addition, SHIP facilitates the development of new farmers markets and promotes their use.  
  • More physical activity: Help create active communities by increasing opportunities for walking and bicycling.
  • Decreased exposure to second-hand smoke at home: SHIP works with apartment building owners who wish to develop smoke-free housing policies.

Prevention in health care

  • Working with health care providers: With SHIP, more health care providers are screening and documenting Body Mass Index and tobacco use and exposure and providing community resources to their patients to help make healthy living easier. In 2012, Minneapolis SHIP recruited three new clinics and maintained partnership with nine clinics from 2010-11.

SHIP Coordinator 

Lara Tiede lara.tiede@minneapolismn.gov

Community Leadership Team

  • Graham Hartley, Migizi Communications
  • Noya Woodrich, Division of Indian Work
  • Robin Garwood, City Council Member Cam Gordon's Office
  • Claudia Fuentes, Office of Mayor R.T. Rybak
  • Theresa Evans-Ross, Annex Teen Clinic
  • Sharon Day, Indigenous Peoples Task Force
  • Marie Tran, Vietnamese Social Services of MN
  • Luis Ramirez, YWCA - Strong Fast and Fit Program
  • Sara Ackmann, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
  • Dean Porter, CAPI
  • Amano Dube, East African ABCD Project: Pillsbury United Communities
  • Jeanne Weigum, ANSR
  • Tammy Didion, Indian Health Board
  • Tess Wetjen, Wellshare International
  • Julie Danzl, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Migdalia Loyola, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Maria Ruud, Neighborhood Improvement Program
  • Carol Berg, UCare

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Updated Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:18AM