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Health Care Initiatives

In their position on the front lines of the battle with chronic disease, health care providers are powerful advocates for health improvement through prevention.

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SHIP is working with health care providers to help improve the long-term health of patients

Health care institutions provide a unique setting where people discuss their health with medical providers, making them key to the success of health improvement in Minnesota. Health care providers promote healthy lifestyle behaviors by encouraging individuals to maintain healthy eating habits, participate in regular physical activity, avoid the use of tobacco products and limit exposure to secondhand smoke.

2010-11 selected highlights

SHIP is making an impact in the health of patients by making the healthy choice the easy choice. Some successes from the first two years of SHIP include:
  • A key chronic disease prevention strategy for health care providers is to implement the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) prevention guidelines for obesity, physical activity and nutrition. Approximately 60 clinics are now assessing and discussing patient risk behaviors and referring patients to community resources.
  • Across Minnesota, 73 health care institutions are now working to support breastfeeding. Breastfed babies are at a lower risk for many health problems, such as ear and respiratory infections, diarrhea, asthma and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop diabetes or breast or ovarian cancer.

  • SHIP stories:

    SHIP Health Care Information Page(PDF: 91KB/1 page)

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Updated Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 01:35PM