Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by reducing the chronic diseases caused by tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.
SHIP is an integral part of Minnesota's nation-leading 2008 health reform law. SHIP work officially began in Olmsted County on July 15, 2009. Twelve evidence-based interventions were chosen that cover obesity and tobacco reduction strategies in community, health care, school and worksite settings.
These interventions are being implemented by four full-time staff at Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS). An Executive Community Leadership Team (ECLT) has been created to enhance Olmsted County's ability to implement policy, systems, and environment change around obesity and tobacco prevention.
Olmsted County has seen great successes as a result of SHIP funding. The following documents highlight SHIP work occurring in the first 18 months of funding:
2011 SHIP 2-Page Fact Sheet (PDF 668 KB)
SHIP Success Stories from the Community (PDF 851 KB)
Olmsted County SHIP Initiatives Map (PDF 256 KB)
Olmsted County SHIP Initiatives Map Descriptions (PDF 333 KB)
SE MN Regional Initiatives Map (PDF 660 KB)