Saint Paul-Ramsey County

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SHIP story:

How St. Paul-Ramsey County 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.
  • More physical activity for kids: SHIP works to integrate more physical activity into their students’ day through Active Classrooms programs, Active Recess programs and physical education. For example, as part of their 2012-13 action plan, 34 St. Paul schools are planning on adding 104 activities ranging from “Quality PE” curricula, Active Recess, indoor structured classroom activities, "Jammin’ Minutes," running clubs, structured activity and open gym before school.
  • 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, nine post-secondary campuses were in the process of becoming smoke free.

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. SHIP facilitates the development of new farmers markets and promotes their use.
  • Decreased exposure to second-hand smoke at home: SHIP works with apartment building owners who wish to develop smoke-free housing policies.

Innovative strategies

  • Comprehensive approach to wellness in public housing
  • African American Church Initiative. The goals of the Baraza! event were to increase the community’s knowledge and awareness of health issues affecting African-American women and have attendees commit to leading healthier lives. 11 churches registered their members for the Baraza! forum,  a total of 174 participants.

SHIP Coordinator

Donald Gault
Jaya Davis

Community Leadership Team

  • Patty Carlson, Allina Hospitals and Clinics
  • Dorii Gbolo, Open Cities Health Center
  • Thomas Kottke, Health Partners
  • Corky Newton, ReMax
  • Dave Muhovich, Bethel University
  • Regina Rippel, former program manager MN AIDS Project
  • Sylvia Robinson, community volunteer
  • Karla Sand, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
  • Kerri-Elizabeth Sawyer, University of Minnesota
  • Nancy Shier, HealthEast and the Veteran's Medical Center
  • Esther Tatley, Retired
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Updated Friday, November 20, 2015 at 08:24AM