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March 21, 2019

Minnesota Public Health Association Conference

MPHA 2019 conference logo

2019 MPHA Conference registration

Join us April 11-12, at the Bunker Hills Activity Center in Andover for two days of discussion, celebration and examination of Minnesota-grown public health solutions.

This year’s theme highlights initiatives and programs traversing a variety of topics across public health sectors, including community-led health in all policies, clean drinking water, tobacco use, gun violence, vaccine hesitancy, e-health, climate change, oral health, diabetes prevention, public heath funding, nutrition education and more!

Get more information on speakers and registration at the MPHA event webpage. Register by April 1 to reserve your spot!

Minnesota health care spending video and report

Healthcare spending video

Minnesota health care costs projected to continue rising

Health care costs routinely come up as a key issue facing counties. MDH released a new report and video analyzing what’s driving these costs in Minnesota.  

There is also a related news release – available on the MDH website.

Spring Regional meetings

Register for Spring Regional Meetings

Spring Regional Meeting are coming up!

Northwest, Bemidji - April 17

Northeast, Duluth - April 23

Southeast, Owatonna - April 30

Metro, Minnetonka - May 15

Southwest, Slayton - May 21

Registration is now available.

Tobacco Regional Meetings

SHIP Tobacco Regional Video Conference Calls *Note date and time change for Metro meeting

There is an impressive tobacco prevention movement occurring across the state. MDH plans 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.

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

*Please note date and time change - Metro - Date: April 16, Time: 9:00 a.m.

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: If a partner asks if an item is an allowable SHIP expense and the item is not listed in the Financial Guide, how would I determine if the request is allowable SHIP expense?

A: With the exception of expenditures requiring MDH prior approval (see pages 8-11 of the Financial Guide (PDF) for a list of items requiring MDH prior approval) and expenses noted as unallowable, grantees are expected to use discretion in determining whether or not an expense is allowable using SHIP funding. To guide this decision-making process grantees should use the following questions:

  1. Is the item or request included in your approved budget?
  2. Does the request support or lead to sustainable policy, systems and environmental change? If so, what strategy does it support and how? Links between the expense and the policy, systems or environmental change must be clear and significant.
  3. Who is the targeted population that will benefit from this item/expense, and does this expense reach a significant proportion of the targeted populations?
  4. Is the item or request reasonable, cost efficient and necessary?
  5. Is there a sustainability plan related to this expense? What is the plan, and who will cover the on-going maintenance expenses?
  6. Is it a good use of public funds? If unsure, contact your CS.
  7. Imagine a story about one of your SHIP strategies was featured on the cover of your local newspaper. In the story, the reporter describes the strategy and items/expenses that have been incurred to support this strategy. Would this story be perceived by the public, potential critics, community leaders, decision makers and stakeholders in a positive manner?

If the answer is yes to all of the above questions, then grantees may proceed with the expenditure if it does not require prior approval. If the answer is no or unclear to one or more questions above, the grantee should send an email to their community specialist to ask for approval. When in doubt, contact your community specialist. See pages 6 and 7 of the Financial Guide (PDF) for more information.


Webinar: Private insurance and tobacco cessation

Date: March 22
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Join the American Lung Association to learn about the current landscape of private health insurance market and its coverage of tobacco cessation treatment. This webinar will explore some surprising changes in private health insurance and what private insurance companies are covering in terms of tobacco cessation coverage. Additionally, the webinar will feature Amanda Jansen, who will share her experiences in Minnesota working with self-insured employers on improving their cessation coverage. 

Register with the American Lung Association and email Ranjana Kodwani with questions.

Webinar: Using technology in your Workplace Wellness efforts

Date: March 26
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Join us to learn more about how to use technology to organize your workplace wellness work, and how to coach employers in using technology to support their wellness efforts.

Visit the WebEx training site to join the webinar.

Webinar: QUITPLAN services for those living with mental illness or substance abuse disorders

Date: March 27
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Learn more about QUITPLAN Services and specifically the enhanced services for those living with mental illness or substance abuse. This session will include specifics about both the QUITPLAN Helpline including the phone counseling program and Individual QUITPLAN Services including NRT starter kits, text and email programs and printed quit guides.

RSVP by Friday, March 22 by emailing Randi Lachter.

Webinar: Tobacco 21 - What you need to know about policy initiatives, FAQs and impact

Date: April 2
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon

This webinar will share the rationale behind local Tobacco 21 policies and the positive impact they have had on reducing youth smoking rates. Questions will be answered about building community support on this topic and how to work with local decision makers who might not be convinced of the benefits. An update on state legislative activity on this policy will also be shared. 

Learn more and register.

Webinar: America Walks - What's next for the Walking Movement?

Date: April 10
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join this webinar to  explore programs, resources, and practices that are putting walking front and center of the future of communities. The webinar is intended for those who are familiar with topics and issues related to walking and walkability. Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Explore what intersections exist between walking and new mobility
  • Discuss ways that walking advocates should be engaging on topics related to this work Learn about programs and policies that are supporting communities of the future 

Register with America Walks.