Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

How SHIP Creates Health in Our Communities

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 MN Eats, MN Moves, MN Breathes, and MN Well-being.

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Curious how SHIP can work with your organization?

View our detailed Project Guide

Interested in partnering with SHIP? 

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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

Recent SHIP Initiatives

4 Square Gardens
Baby Cafe
Bike Fleet
Buffalo Area Dementia Friends
Go Buffalo
Hydration Stations
Montrose Cooks
Pre-Diabetes Screenings
Power of Produce Kids Clubs
Meditation Garden
Falls Prevention Program
SEL Curriculum
Accessible Gathering Space
Mentoring Project
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
Wayfinding Plan

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.

Learn More

Interested in partnering with SHIP in your community? Connect with a Wright County SHIP Coordinator to get started.

Call/Text (763) 335-0280
Email Wright County Public Health