Making it Better: Minnesota's Health Improvement Log

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Feb. 28, 2019

AARP Community Challenge grants

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Helping communities become great places to live

The AARP Community Challenge grant program is part of the nationwide AARP Livable Communities initiative that helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. The program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages

In 2019, the program will focus on community-based “quick-action” projects related to housing, transportation, smart cities and public spaces. The goal is to spark change and build momentum to improve livability for people of all ages.

Applications are due April 17.

Visit the AARP website for more information and to access the application.

Healthy Schools Summit

2019 Healthy Schools Summit flyer

Save the date

The 2019 Healthy Schools Summit is fast approaching on March 28. Co-sponsored by PartnerSHIP 4 Health, the focus of the summit this year is on educating the whole child. The purpose of this meeting is to create a culture of wellness by equipping schools with innovative tools to strengthen the connection between healthy students and improved learning.

Please contact your CS regarding any out-of-state travel.

Attendance is free but registration is required. Additional information on breakout sessions and details of the summit are available on the South East Education Cooperative website and on Basecamp.

Date: March 28
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fargo Cass Public Health

Tobacco Regional Meetings

SHIP Tobacco Regional Video Conference Calls

There is an impressive tobacco prevention movement occurring across the state. MDH would like to convene regional video conference calls for local and state SHIP staff to share local and state policy progress, grant updates and helpful tobacco prevention resources. This time is dedicated to strategic TA and peer-to-peer discussion. Join us for coffee and conversation!

Regional map

To Register:

Northwest Region - Date: April 3, Time: 1:00 p.m.

Northeast Region - Date: April 4, Time: 10:00 a.m.

Southwest Region - Date: April 4, Time: 1:00 p.m.

Central Region - Date: April 10, Time: 1:00 p.m.

Metro - Date: April 11, Time: 10:00 a.m.

Southeast Region - Date: April 11, Time: 1:00 p.m.

Updated SHIP Financial Guide now available

Changes to Financial Guide

The changes this quarter include:

  • Updated MDH links to new pages
  • Trampolines added to unallowable equipment
  • New 2019 mileage reimbursement rate

You can find the guide on Implementation and Foundational Skills Guide page on our newly updated website.

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q. Are translation and/or interpreter expenses allowable SHIP expenses?

A. Yes, these are allowable if related to implementation of SHIP strategies and Policy, System, or Environmental (PSE) change.

See page 26 of the Financial Guide (PDF) for more information.

Winter Regional Meeting evaluations

Please share your feedback with us

If you attended a regional meeting virtually, please share your feedback via survey.

If you attended the St. Paul in-person regional meeting please share feedback on a different survey.

For those of you who were not able to attend, you are able to watch one of the virtual sessions on Basecamp. View the Detroit Lakes virtual regional meeting.


Webinar: Engaging your legislators and local media to support health in your community

Date: March 1
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Hear from Kari Oldfield, executive director, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, and Brian McDaniel, contract lobbyist, who will provide an update on the legislative session and discuss LPHA grassroots support for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). Additionally, Rachel Callanan, senior staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center, will discuss the rules of the road for educating stakeholders about your important public health efforts, and Steve Kinsella, communications expert, will discuss strategies to engage local media.

To join the webinar, visit the webinar information page.

Session password: eRU8FPR*
Call-in phone #: 8443020362
Call-in access code: 795 222 860

Webinar: Helping tell the SHIP story – statewide impact

Date: March 4
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This webinar will highlight a new data brief that explores Minnesota’s progress in addressing obesity and smoking rates since 2011 and provides estimates on health care spending averted because of this progress. We will summarize the data brief, review how the estimates were generated and provide additional educational tools that support the value of SHIP in Minnesota. Hear from Kris Igo, OSHII director, Ann Zukoski, OSHII evaluation supervisor and John Kingsbury, tobacco policy evaluator during this webinar.

To join the webinar, visit the webinar information page.

Password: Oshii2019#
US Toll Free: 844-302-0362
Access code: 792 024 139

Webinar: Kick Butts Day prep – Kicking Butts online

Date: March 13
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 20. Each year during the Kick Butts Day season, the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids offers monthly webinars to provide updates and share tips from experts on how you can supercharge your Kick Butts Day events.

The next Kick Butt’s Day prep webinar will focus on media and how you can promote your events online. Register and learn more.

This week's gem

Hydration station

Brown County to install hydration stations in county buildings

Brown County employees and those visiting the Brown County Courthouse, License Bureau, Highway Department and Extension Offices will soon have easy access to drinking water. With the support of a grant from the Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Waseca Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (BNLW SHIP), the county will be installing a hydration station at each of these locations. A hydration station is a filtered water fountain used for filling and refilling water bottles.

The goal of this project is to help reduce consumption of sugary beverages by having drinking water readily available. “Water is undoubtedly the best hydration option,” shared Leah Mahoney, BNLW SHIP Coordinator. “Hydration stations make it easier to refill water bottles which increases water intake and helps the environment!”  

Installation is anticipated to be completed this spring. BNLW SHIP plans to continue work with local communities and businesses to implement proven, research-based strategies that will create lasting change.