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April 18, 2019

Registration for Spring Regional Meetings

Provide input on the next iteration of SHIP

Spring Regional Meetings are here! 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.

Northeast, Duluth Public Safety Building, 2030 North Arlington Ave., Duluth - April 23

Southeast, Owatonna Public Utilities, 208 S. Walnut Ave., Owatonna - April 30

Metro, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka - May 15

Southwest, The Plaid Moose, 2630 Broadway Ave., Slayton - May 21

Registration is now available.

MN Bike Awards: Nominations due May 8

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Recognize a bicycle champion in your community

Do you know someone or an organization in the state who should be recognized for their important work in the bicycling community? Take five minutes to complete a nomination for a Minnesota Bicycling Award! The award categories are:

  • Educator of the Year (school/organization)
  • Educator of the Year (individual)
  • Advocate of the Year (group/individual)
  • Bicycle Friendly Community Champion (individual/group/committee)
  • Bicycle Friendly Business Champion (individual/group/committee)

The nomination process closes at the end of the day on May 8 and winners will be announced and recognized at the BikeMN Annual Meeting on June 8. Need your memory refreshed? Check out the winners of last year's awards.

Resilient Communities Project (RCP)

Call for proposals for small-scale RCP partnership

The University of Minnesota's Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting applications from cities, counties, tribal governments, special districts and regional government agencies or collaboratives in Minnesota for small-scale RCP partnerships for the 2019–2020 academic year.

The new small-scale RCP partnership opportunity is intended for communities seeking to collaborate with RCP on one to 10 projects. Successful applicants will benefit from research and technical assistance on locally identified projects that advance community resiliency, provided by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota during the fall 2019 or spring 2020 term. The selection process is competitive, and the partner must support the effort through dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution.

Applications are due May 1.

Visit the University of Minnesota for more information.

Community Food Systems 2019 Conference

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Submit a conference workshop proposal by April 30

The 2019 Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes of food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture across urban and rural environments and foster community empowerment to create resilient and equitable local food systems. It will take place Dec. 9-11 in Savannah, Ga., and will highlight food systems in the U.S. South while also drawing parallels to food systems across the country. 

This conference will address a variety of community food system topics. Workshop proposals should highlight the following themes/topics: racial, social and economic equity, diversity of presenters and elevating voices of POC in food systems work, skill building across cultures and sectors, fisheries, multi-generational programs and youth leadership in sustainable food.

Learn more and submit a proposal.

2019 Safe Routes to School Census

Survey to track Safe Routes to School participants

If you haven't completed the 2019 Safe Routes to School Program Census yet, you still have time to make sure your program is counted! The deadline to complete the census is April 19.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey to share information about your program and to help us track trends and progress in the Safe Routes to School movement. 

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: When is cement an allowable expense?

A: The cost of cement may be allowable if used to support installation of specific equipment/structures including:

  • Bike racks
  • Permanent signage for a park or bike trail (see “signage” on page 21 in the Financial Guide (PDF) for more information)
  • Benches for trails
  • Fence posts for gardens

Please note installation of the cement is not an eligible SHIP expense.

Also note that SHIP funds may not be used for capital improvements or construction projects such as:

  • Installation of equipment
  • Building or improving a fitness center
  • Building or paving a walking or bike path
  • Sidewalks or curb cuts
  • Playground equipment and fitness stations
  • Constructing a permanent sports field, pool, court or similar recreational facility
  • Building uses: floors, beams, columns, roofing, piles, bricks, mortar, panels, plaster

See Construction / Renovation on page 16 in the Financial Guide (PDF) for additional information.


Webinar: Creating age-friendly streets - Part 1

Date: April 22
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.

It’s widely known that the U.S. population is aging, but how do we prepare our local transportation networks to support the mobility needs of older adults and keep them safe? This webinar series will offer key principles for considering the safety and mobility needs for older adults.

During the first part of the series, panelists from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, AARP and the University of North Carolina’s Department of Emergency Medicine will share their perspectives on the importance of planning and designing for older adults.

Learn more and register.

Webinar: Creating age-friendly streets - Part 2

Date: April 29
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

The second part of the series will offer strategies for improving transportation networks to prioritize the safety and mobility of older adults. Panelists from AARP will share recommendations for planning and developing transit networks and prioritizing transit-oriented development. Representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will share examples of design and engineering strategies for improving safety and comfort for older pedestrians.

 Learn more and register.

This week's gem

Tobacco 21 Isanti

Isanti County Tobacco 21

Tobacco use among youth in Isanti County has been a growing problem, specifically e-cigarettes and vapes. At Cambridge Isanti High school, one in three 11th grade students uses e-cigarettes. Two out of three 18 year olds were asked to purchase e-cigarettes for younger kids, making tobacco even more accessible.

As the high levels of tobacco use among youth became evident, advocates and community leaders from Cambridge Medical Center, Isanti County Schools and Isanti County Public Health joined forces. This coalition held community forums and education sessions for parents, school staff and other stakeholders to determine the best solution for reducing tobacco use in Isanti. The consensus was that the community was ready to take on a Tobacco 21 ordinance to raise the age to buy tobacco to 21 and to reduce the presence of tobacco in schools.

Tony Buttacavoli, Isanti County Public Health Director, stated, “Public health doesn’t always have to be the leader with health and safety issues in the community, but it’s as important for us to be conveners of the community around issues.”

On March 20, the county passed a Tobacco 21 ordinance.

This work is a great example of a community coming together across multiple sectors to protect the health of Minnesota youth.