Making it Better: Minnesota's Health Improvement Log

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Making it Better: Minnesota's Health Improvement Log

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May 23, 2019

Provide feedback for next cycle of SHIP

Take a quick survey to provide feedback

During the Spring Regional Meetings, we offered structured conversations as the first of several formal opportunities for local public health to have input into a participatory planning process for the next funding cycle of SHIP.

For those who were unable to attend the meetings, we created another opportunity to provide feedback. Your answers will be summarized along with the input from the meetings, shared back through the Making it Better log and move us into the next phase of planning. The survey closes on Friday, May 24.

Provide feedback by completing a survey.

USDA Community Food Project grant opportunity

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Application deadline is June 3

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is offering a competitive grant opportunity for the 2019 fiscal year for community food projects. The goals of this grant include:

  • Meet the needs of low-income people by increasing their access to fresher, more nutritious food supplies.
  • Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs.
  • Promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues.
  • And more.

Visit the USDA webpage for more information.

2019 SHIP Monitoring Partner Sites Project

New partner sites and leadership membership list due May 31

The Community Leadership Team (CLT) membership list and new partner sites to be entered into the 2019 SHIP Monitoring Partner Sites project are due on May 31. New partner sites entered by May 31 will be uploaded into the 2019 SHIP Monitoring Partner Site Project the first week of June. 

Enter new partner sites in Redcap.

If you do not enter new partner sites by May 31, you still have time to enter new partner sites, as the evaluation team uploads new partner sites the first week of every month. The last date to enter new partner sites for the 2019 SHIP Monitoring Partner Sites project is July 26.

View a list of all of the evaluation team’s due dates.

Please reach out to your evaluation liaison if you have any questions about either the community leadership team membership list or entering new partner sites.

OSHII staffing update


Changes to healthy eating team

Nora Shields-Cutler is leaving MDH to take a part-time position with Renewing the Countryside to work with schools and childcare organizations to expand Farm to School efforts. She has worked in OSHII for three years as the food systems coordinator and as a community specialist. Her energy and commitment to the work will be greatly missed.

Her last day is Friday, May 24 – we wish her well in her new position. OSHII is moving forward with filling her position as quickly as possible.

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: Which types of signs are allowable expenses for community walking/biking trails?

A: As part of an active living plan, a community may want to promote a walking/biking trail route to increase its use. In addition to other marketing materials, wayfinding signage is eligible for SHIP funding. Wayfinding signs are used to help pedestrians and bicyclists find key destinations along the trail route. Other general trail signage like city welcoming signs are not eligible for SHIP funding.

See page 30 of the Financial Guide (PDF).


Webinar: Developing a Food Procurement Policy or Profile

Date: May 28
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This webinar will provide guidance on how a school, college or hospital can develop a food procurement policy or profile. Developing a policy or profile can institutionalize good food values that prioritize support for local farmers and food producers, sustainable or regenerative agriculture practices, and women and minority-owned farms and food businesses.

Register with the Chesapeake Foodshed Network.