North Country Health Alliance (Hubbard, Beltrami, Clearwater and Lake of the Woods counties) SHIP
With Mahnomen, Norman and Polk counties
- Connecting students to food in Beltrami County (PDF)
- Business Booming in Baudette (PDF)
- Their Carrots! (PDF)
- Bringing in the New Year Smoke Free (PDF)
How North Country SHIP is improving the health of its communities
Working with schools
- Healthy eating in schools: With Farm to School, SHIP connects farmers with schools to provide fresh, local foods. For example, in 2012, farm to school programs began in 16 school districts, and expanded in three. 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.
- 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. Plus, SHIP works to integrate more physical activity into their students’ day through Active Classrooms programs, Active Recess programs 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. For example, in 2012, North County SHIP purchased material for quit-kits given out to tobacco users at Bemidji State University and installed “no smoking” signs throughout the now-smoke-free campus.
- 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. SHIP facilitates the development of new farmers markets and promotes their use. For example, in Baudette, the new farmers market pulled in a quarter million in sales in in 2012, its first year.
Comprehensive work site wellness
- Working with businesses: SHIP works with employers to offer healthy foods in the cafeteria and in catering, to increase opportunities for walking and biking and access to worksite recreation facilities, and to support breast feeding for working mothers. SHIP also encourages tobacco-free policies, as well as health plan coverage of, and onsite support for, tobacco cessation efforts. In 2012, SHIP recruited 15 employers to work through the worksite wellness process.
North Country SHIP Coordinator
Josh Larson firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman-Mahnomen and Polk SHIP Coordinators
Community Leadership Team
- Warren Larson, Sanford Health/ACS
- Richard Chernugal, MedSave Pharmacy and Wellness Center
- Jay Passa, Bemidji State University
- Duane Hayes, Clearwater County
- Leah Walters, St Joseph’s Area Health Services
- Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network
- Carol Berg, UCare
- Linda Kingery, NWRSDP
- Barbara Muesing, HCAM/Essentia Health Fosston
- Jean Heinriches, Northwest Service Coop