Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) supports community-driven solutions to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating, mental wellbeing, and commercial tobacco-free living, helping all people in Minnesota prevent chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. SHIP seeks to create policy, systems, and environmental changes to promote, support, and reinforce healthy behaviors.
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, with the Minnesota legislature providing $17.5 million in funding per year to support critical primary prevention activities led by local public and tribal health partners. The context areas for this round of funding include;
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 childcare 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 breastfeeding mothers so it’s easier for them to breastfeed at work and in the community
Past SHIP Initiatives
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.
Interested in partnering with SHIP in your community? Connect with a Wright County SHIP Coordinator to get started.