Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) aims to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease. The overall mission of SHIP is to decrease healthcare expenditures in Minnesota

Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) activities are designed to: 1) increase the number of healthy food options available in schools and communities, 2) enhance access to physical fitness opportunities, and 3) prevent tobacco use/exposure. SHIP is funded through Minnesota's 2008 health reform law.

CTG - Community Transformation Grant

Since 2013, NCHA has been working with a grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to design and implement community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The program is expected to improve the health of millions of Americans. Over the past year, CTG has worked in the seven counties of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Polk, Norman and Mahnomen. Strategies for CTG have included: 

Smoke Free Foster Homes

Smoke Free Foster Homes policy began enforcement on October 1, 2013 in all 57 foster homes licensed by Beltrami County to protect children from secondhand and third hand smoke as well as potential fire hazards. The policy was part of a joint effort with the American Lung Association of Minnesota, Community Transformation Grant (CTG) and Beltrami County HHS. Beltrami County was the leader in changing policy and now in 2014, a new statewide law was passed that adds a smoke-free environment to the list of requirements for foster homes. Nearly 8,000 of Minnesota’s most vulnerable children will now have protections against the known harms of secondhand smoke. 

Clinical Services

CTG has been working with Northern Dental access clinic on their process for blood pressure screening, referral and follow-
up. Julie provided blood pressure training for Northern Dental clinic staff, reviewed their protocol and created a blood pressure brochure and referral flow chart.
Motivational Interviewing trainings were held in Fertile and Bemidji.”

Northern Dental clinic sent two of their staff to the training in Bemidji. There were people who attended from hospital, clinic and public health settings. Motivational Interviewing is a clinical skill for helping patients or clients become more successful in making behavior changes. 

Bikeable Communities

Using the CTG Active Transportation grant, the Headwaters Regional Development Commission was able to do region-wide planning for better biking & walking, as well as assisted in planning events such as Loop the Lake along with creating promotional materials and signage. 


Health Reform Contact Information


SHIP and the Public

Local SHIP staff have created resources to promote SHIP to the public in the North Country region, including a fact sheet, newsletter and press release. These communication efforts will increase awareness and knowledge among residents that may be affected by SHIP interventions.

Public Health

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