SHIP Quick Facts
In 2008, Minnesota lawmakers recognized that controlling health care costs would require more than just changes in medical care - additional investments in prevention were needed. With bipartisan support in the legislature, Minnesota passed a groundbreaking health reform law. A key component of that reform was to create SHIP, which invests in preventing chronic diseases before they start.
SHIP is designed to improve health by reducing risk factors that contribute to chronic disease, resulting in reduced health care costs.
- 41 Community Health Boards, covering all 87 counties plus the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield; the City of Minneapolis; and the City of St. Paul (with Ramsey County)
- 10 Tribal Governments
Why prevention matters
- In Minnesota, medical expenses due to obesity were estimated to be $2.8 billion in 2009.1
- Smoking was responsible for $3.19 billion in excess medical expenditures in 2014.2
- Fiscal Year 2010-11: $47 million. Grants were awarded to 53 Community Health Boards and two Tribal Governments (representing eight nations).
- Fiscal Year 2012-13 funding: $15 million. Grants were awarded to 17 Community Health Boards and the Leech Lake Tribal Government.
- Fiscal Year 2014-15 funding: $35 million. Grants were awarded to 38 Community Health Boards and 10 Tribal Governments.
- Fiscal Year 2016-17 funding: $35 million. Grants were awarded to 41 Community Health Boards and 10 Tribal Governments.
Improving health outcomes requires strong private/public partnerships. SHIP's model is grounded in developing strong partnerships across numerous sectors.
Each SHIP grantee convenes a Community Leadership Team (CLT), which includes members representing schools, businesses, housing owners/managers, farmers, community groups, senior organizations, hospitals, clinics, planning entities, Chambers of Commerce, faith communities and more.
SHIP grantees are engaging with a total of 884 community members in their leadership teams, with an average CLT size of 20.6 members. CLTs members represent a broad range of community organizations.1Trogdon, J. et al. State- and Payer-Specific Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obesity (2011).
2Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. 2017 Health Care Costs and Smoking in Minnesota.