News release: All Minnesota counties to receive Statewide Health Improvement Program grants

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December 10, 2015

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All Minnesota counties to receive Statewide Health Improvement Program grants

SHIP adds dementia focus to help build healthier communities

The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) community-led health improvement efforts are getting a $27.2 million funding boost from the Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), a state and locally-funded partnership now operating in all 87 counties.

SHIP helps Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives while building healthy, vital communities. As part of that mission, this year’s funding awards allow cities and counties to add a focus on the health of seniors and efforts that help delay the onset or progression of dementia for those over age 60. SHIP will continue to support efforts that increase opportunities for active living, healthy eating and avoiding commercial tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

“SHIP has been instrumental in helping Minnesota make progress on obesity and tobacco use, factors that contribute to expensive chronic diseases, disability and death,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger.  “We’re excited to send this funding to communities to support their health initiatives in every county in the state.”

Previous results (November 2013 to August 2015)

  • In schools, SHIP increased access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities for about 339,000 students.
  • In 770 child-care facilities, SHIP supported breastfeeding and access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities for young children.
  • In workplaces, SHIP helped 540 employers offer comprehensive workplace wellness initiatives for 62,000 employees, including promotion of healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free living and support for breastfeeding.
  • In 140 health care facilities, SHIP helped grow community connections to ensure that patients were referred to programs that helped them eat healthier, get more physical activity, stop smoking and provide support for breastfeeding.
  • Working with community-based organizations, SHIP helped create more active living opportunities at 180 sites and expanded health eating efforts at nearly 375 locations.
  • SHIP efforts helped achieve smoke-free housing policies at nearly 280 rental properties, protecting 32,000 residents from secondhand smoke and reducing indoor secondhand smoke exposure by over 46 percent among public housing residents.

“SHIP has been a tremendous help to Frazee, other communities and the region with project help, funding assistance and encouragement,” said Frazee Mayor Hank Ludtke. “I think of SHIP as promoting community unity. SHIP helps keep us on track toward a healthier, safer city.”

Minnesota has more work to do, considering 27.6 percent of adults in Minnesota are obese (CDC), 14.4 percent of adult Minnesotans smoke (Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey), and cancer, heart disease and stroke were among the top five leading causes of death in Minnesota in 2013 (MDH Center for Health Statistics).

SHIP communities choose from a menu of evidence-based strategies using the latest in public health research, compiled in collaboration with local public health. Communities select strategies that best align with local needs to address chronic disease.

Dementia Prevention
Some of the 2016 work specifically focused on dementia prevention efforts include:

Benton, Sherburne and Stearns Counties - The three counties (all are separate SHIP grantees) plan to collaborate on their workplace wellness initiative. That work will guide employers to include a dementia awareness, caregiver support and education component in their wellness programs. Efforts will target employees who may be 60-plus and to employees in the caregiving role for their aging parents or other loved ones.

Chisago County -The SHIP grantee plans to continue collaborating with ACT on Alzheimer’s to eliminate or reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s disease while building supportive, dementia-friendly environments. Chisago County SHIP already has supported local law enforcement to complete the Dementia Law Enforcement/1st Responder Training this fall.

Dakota County - Dakota County Public Health will collaborate with community agencies to enhance evidence-based, prevention, early identification and management of falls and dementia in aging residents of Dakota County, which is ultimately targeted at improving health outcomes for people over 60.

Culturally-specific health promotion efforts
Another new effort in 2016 is a one-time, $200,000 grant to implement strategies that reduce the disproportionately high use of cigarettes by African Americans, especially the use of menthol-flavored cigarettes.  MDH awarded this grant to Hennepin County Public Health, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Department of Health, Saint Paul-Ramsey Public Health and Bloomington Public Health (which serves Bloomington, Edina and Richfield).

In addition to funding grants to Community Health Boards, SHIP supports health improvement work in 10 of Minnesota’s tribal communities. Those grants are in their second year.

More information on SHIP is available at SHIP: The Statewide Health Improvement Program.

SHIP grants by community
SHIP grants, with amounts based largely on population, provide funding to the state’s Community Health Boards. The amounts below are through Oct. 31, 2017.

ANOKA

$1,341,978

BECKER-CLAY-OTTER TAIL-WILKIN

$812,301

BELTRAMI-CLEARWATER-HUBBARD-LAKE OF THE WOODS

$490,604

BENTON

$337,358

BIG STONE-CHIPPEWA-LAC QUI PARLE-SWIFT-YELLOW MEDICINE

$381,299

BLOOMINGTON-EDINA-RICHFIELD

$836,017

BLUE EARTH

$423,775

BROWN-NICOLLET-LE SUEUR -WASECA

$618,254

CARLTON-COOK-LAKE-ST.LOUIS-AITKIN-ITASCA-KOOCHICHING

$1,373,815

CARVER

$524,305

CASS

$302,075

CHISAGO

$385,634

COTTONWOOD-JACKSON-NOBLES

$405,481

CROW WING

$417,120

DAKOTA

$1,565,564

DODGE-STEELE

$402,658

DOUGLAS-GRANT-POPE-STEVENS-TRAVERSE

$456,555

FARIBAULT-MARTIN-WATONWAN

$413,089

FILLMORE-HOUSTON

$345,761

FREEBORN

$309,763

GOODHUE

$361,383

HENNEPIN

$2,277,519

KANABEC-PINE-ISANTI-MILLE LACS

$630,905

KANDIYOHI-RENVILLE

$405,337

KITTSON-MARSHALL-PENNINGTON-RED LAKE-ROSEAU

$393,335

LINCOLN-LYON-MURRAY-PIPESTONE-REDWOOD-ROCK

$489,956

MEEKER-MCLEOD-SIBLEY

$467,889

MINNEAPOLIS

$1,539,658

MORRISON-TODD-WADENA

$457,233

MOWER

$337,813

OLMSTED

$702,882

POLK-NORMAN-MAHNOMEN

$366,375

RAMSEY/ST. PAUL

$1,952,506

RICE

$421,907

SCOTT

$662,121

SHERBURNE

$506,821

STEARNS

$712,435

WABASHA

$278,270

WASHINGTON

$1,031,631

WINONA

$377,720

WRIGHT

$633,978

 

-MDH-


Media inquiries:

Scott Smith
MDH Communications
651-201-5806
scott.smith@state.mn.us