Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)


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What is SHIP?
is an acronym for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.  SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices where they live, learn, work and play.

Where is SHIP working?
SHIP is working to make the healthy choice, the easy choice in four settings; schools, worksites, community and healthcare organizations.

School and Childcare

By creating school systems that support healthy environments and model healthy behavior, everyone benefits. Children and youth spend roughly half of their waking hours in school, so this setting is a key place to reinforce the importance of eating well, being active and avoiding tobacco products.

School Resources

Healthy Classroom Celebrations (512 KB)
Walking and Biking to School tip sheet (495 KB)

Safe Routes To Schools Videos
Walk to School Video (youtube)
Bike to School Video(youtube)


 Worksite wellness efforts address healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco-free grounds and breastfeeding support. This includes: healthy food vending/catering, increasing access to moving throughout the day, prohibiting tobacco use on worksite grounds, and having accommodations for breastfeeding mothers who are returning to work. With a comprehensive workplace wellness program, businesses generally see a value of investment of improved productivity, increased retention rates, and enhanced organizational image.


Worksite Wellness Brochure (785 KB)


The best predictor of long-lasting, successful health behavior change is often the community in which a person lives. SHIP is making it possible for the community to support healthy behaviors by improving access and affordability of healthy food and places to play as well as reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

    Smoke Free Housing

Bicycle Playground

In summer 2018 a Bicycle Playground was added to Silver Lake Park in Rochester. It was the first bicycle playground in the state of Minnesota! The bicycle playground is a great place to teach your children how to build biking skills. We created this video to highlight what a bicycle playground is and how it can be used:

Share the Road Video
    View the video Series (youtube)

Health Care

Health care providers promote healthy lifestyle behaviors by encouraging individuals to maintain healthy eating habits, participate in regular physical activity, avoid the use of tobacco products and limit exposure to secondhand smoke.

Olmsted County SHIP is working to make our community more Dementia Friendly.

There is a local choir for people living with dementia and their care partners.
Resounding Voices Chorus celebrates the full potential of people living with dementia.

To learn more: There are Memory Cafes happening in Rochester and Pine Island, as well as Dementia Friends information sessions in our community that can be brought to your business or organization. For more information:

WellConnect provides a community-wide list of evidence-based classes like Tai Chi for balance and Diabetes Prevention Program. Visit the website to find a class near you!

The Olmsted Area Breastfeeding Coalition (OABC), with support from SHIP, has a 5x5 Breastfeeding Tent available to loan out for community events. If you would like to reserve it, please contact the OABC at

Contact Us! 

Anna Oldenburg

Community Healthy Eating Strategy

Jo Anne Judge-Dietz
School Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategies

Cassy Greenwood
Community Active Living and Healthcare Strategies

Pa Houa Moua
Tobacco and Worksite Wellness Strategies