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April 4, 2019

Registration for Spring Regional Meetings

Provide input on the next iteration of SHIP

Spring Regional Meetings are coming up! Make plans now – join OSHII and other fellow regional SHIP staff in a discussion about our collective vision for the next round of SHIP. This will be an important starting point to our SHIP planning process. Please encourage your public health leadership to attend as well.

Northwest, Bemidji - April 17

Northeast, Duluth - April 23

Southeast, Owatonna - April 30

Metro, Minnetonka - May 15

Southwest, Slayton - May 21

Registration is now available.

SPAN grant application deadline reminder

Applications are due April 8

The application deadline for the CDC State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) grant opportunities is April 8. More information and application materials for both MEDA and Good Food Guidelines are available on Basecamp.

Please email Julie Anderson with questions for Good Food Guidelines funding.

Contact Kim Edelman with questions for MEDA.

Safe Routes to School Program Census

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Program Census

Are you involved in a Safe Routes to School program? The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is asking for your help and participation in the Safe Routes to School Program Census. This survey will help advocates and practitioners track trends and progress and provide targeted support and resources to local communities working to advance walking and biking to school.

If you know others who work directly on Safe Routes to School, please forward this link to them.

Take the survey.

Active Recess Training of Trainers (TOT)

MN Dept of Education training for active recess in schools

The Department of Education is putting on a three-hour training, which is geared toward SHIP coordinators and SNAP educators who currently partner with schools working on active recess. Training participants will gain the knowledge and skills to provide focused technical assistance and support to schools and districts that wish to implement high quality recess.

If your current SHIP work plan includes active recess, we encourage you to attend this training to increase your capacity. Attendees will create an action plan to share new information and techniques with an identified school or district by Dec. 1.

Training dates are April 9 in Rochester and April 18 in Bloomington. View details and register.

Tobacco Regional Meetings

SHIP Tobacco Regional Video Conference Calls

There are still Regional tobacco conference calls happening in the Central, Southwest and Metro regions. During these meetings MDH will convene 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. Register below today!

Regional map

Agenda for Tobacco video conference calls

This will be an interactive meeting using the features within WebEx. Be prepared to actively participate and share your local happenings, successes and challenges. These meetings will not be recorded. Please test your video capabilities ahead of time.


Legislative Updates

  • Minnesota Legislative Updates, Christina Thill, MDH
  • National Legislative Trends and FDA Updates, Public Health Law Center

Regional Sharing & Networking

  • Hot topics: E-cigs in schools, T21, HUD enforcement


To register:

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

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

Metro - Date: April 16, Time: 9:00 a.m.

ClearWay Minnesota updated factsheet

ClearWay MN factsheet

Updated factsheet for healthcare providers

ClearWay Minnesota has updated their factsheet, Health Care Providers Can Help Minnesota Smokers Quit (PDF), with new 2018 MATS data (plus some additional improvements).

Share this factsheet with healthcare and tobacco cessation partners.

View or download the PDF.

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: When is a staffing variance required?

A: Each grantee must have a full-time SHIP coordinator or full-time equivalent (FTE). The cost of this position may be paid by the SHIP grant, as part of the local match, or by a combination of SHIP grant and match funding. Any SHIP-funded person must work a minimum of .5 FTE on SHIP responsibilities.    

Exceptions to this requirement are possible, but must be approved by your community specialist in advance using a variance request. Variances are not needed for supervisory, finance or office support roles. The variance form can be found on Basecamp. More information about staffing can be found on page 43 of the Financial Guide (PDF).

Staffing update for Healthy Systems Unit

Jeremy Vann

New School Health Services Coordinator

The MDH OSHII Healthy Systems Unit welcomes the new School Health Services Coordinator Jeremy Vann.

Jeremy has an MPH with a specialization in health education and promotion from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He comes with extensive school health experience. Previously he was the SHIP coordinator for Carver County Public Health, an adjunct instructor at Rockford University, Ill., the school wellness specialist for Denver Public Schools where he supported the implementation of the School Health Agenda and was the youth tobacco control specialist for Jefferson County Public Health in Colorado.

Jeremy will be working on the Minnesota Department of Education's CDC School Health grant and will be the subject matter expert for SHIP school strategies. Jeremy's first day at MDH is April 17.


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.

Webinar: Tribal sovereignty and e-cigarette companies

Date: April 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. - noon

Join representatives from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the National Native Network, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Canli Coalition to talk about why e-cigarettes are not proven effective cessation devices, why e-cig use is a problem in Indian Country, some of the most recent tactics by e-cig companies and potential ideas and resources for tribes to use as they navigate this issue.

Learn more and register.