What is SHIP?
SHIP stands for Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. The goal of SHIP is to prevent disease before it starts by helping to create healthier communities that support individuals of all ages seeking to make healthy choices where they live, learn, work, and play.
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.
Safe routes to schools videos
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.
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.
Olmsted County SHIP collaborates with organizations across the community with a goal of increasing access to fresh, healthy foods for everyone. One way this is achieved is through community gardening. The residential gardens at the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority town homes are a great example of this collaboration. Check out the video to learn more! If you are interested in creating a community garden use the contacts below.
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 a "share the road" video series to highlight what a bicycle playground is and how it can be used.
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 also working to make our community more friendly to individuals living with dementia. The Resounding Voices is a local choir for people living with dementia and their care partners. The choir celebrates the full potential of people living with dementia. Visit the Resounding Voices website 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 shared with your business or organization.
The Olmsted Area Breastfeeding Coalition (OABC), with support from SHIP has a breastfeeding tent [WG1] available to loan out for community events. If you would like to reserve it, please contact the OABC.
SHIP Grant Coordinator
General SHIP inquiries
Community Healthy Eating Strategy
Jo Anne Judge-Dietz
School Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategies
Community Active Living and Healthcare Strategies
Pa Houa Moua
Tobacco and Worksite Wellness Strategies