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Our Work

How SHIP Creates Health in Our Communities

kids on playground Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) supports community-driven solutions to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and commercial tobacco-free living, helping all people in Minnesota prevent chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

SHIP communities are thriving communities

SHIP helps build thriving communities, creating opportunities for all people in Minnesota to live longer, healthier lives. Ninety percent of the nation’s health care costs are for people with chronic conditions, and the majority of those costs are preventable.

SHIP is statewide

SHIP is a comprehensive health strategy coordinated across all of Minnesota's 87 counties and 10 tribal nations. SHIP is statewide, providing $17.5 million in state funding to support critical primary prevention activities led by local public and tribal health partners.

Where SHIP works

  • Communities
  • Schools and child care
  • Workplaces
  • Health care

How SHIP works

Thanks to SHIP, Minnesota communities are:

  • increasing access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, local corner stores, emergency food programs, mobile markets and other food retailers
  • serving healthier foods and increasing access to physical activity opportunities at schools and child care facilities
  • making biking and walking easier in Minnesota towns and cities
  • taking steps to make multi-unit housing sites smoke free
  • working with small- and mid-sized employers to improve workers’ health and productivity
  • working with health care sites to strengthen connections to community to ensure that patients are referred to evidence-based programs in their area
  • supporting new moms so its easier for them to breastfeed after they return to work or school
  • and more.

Confronting opioids through SHIP

In the 2017 legislative session, MDH was directed by lawmakers to “confront the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic” with at least two SHIP grantees addressing the work. Learn more about two pilot projects in Confronting opioids through SHIP (PDF).

SHIP and dementia

SHIP grantees have the option of using funding to implement health improvement strategies that improve the health status, help delay the expression of dementia or slow the progression of dementia for those at risk for dementia. Learn more about this work in SHIP: Helping Minnesota's seniors live longer, healthier lives (PDF).

SHIP = local leadership, local partners and local expertise

SHIP work is directed by local community leadership teams that bring expertise and connections to the table. The complex, comprehensive nature of this work requires strong relationships, partnerships and expertise at the local level. That is the true strength and innovation of SHIP.

Learn More

Interested in partnering with SHIP in your community? Connect with your local SHIP contact to get started.

Updated Thursday, 11-Apr-2019 16:49:19 CDT