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June 6, 2019

SHIP planning update

Planning updates for next iteration of SHIP

As stated during the recent regional meetings, OSHII will provide updates on planning for the next iteration of SHIP as we move through the process. The regional meetings and OSHII staff listening sessions are now wrapped up, and the evaluation staff are currently reading through and batching all the information gathered. OSHII leadership staff are working with MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm to understand the near and long term implications of the modifications in the statute language.

OSHII leadership plans to attend the following meetings to provide updates on the SHIP planning process:

June 6           SCHSAC Executive meeting                                                        

June 10         Meeting with MDH Executive Office 

June 11         All OSHII Staff meeting                                                                

June 20        LPHA General Membership                                       

June 21         SCHSAC Quarterly Meeting                        

As we continue to learn more, we will share the information with local public health staff. As always, please send any concerns and questions to your community specialist.

Changes in the bi-monthly call schedule

You spoke, we heard you

In response to feedback during the regional meetings, OSHII has made the decision to discontinue the bi-monthly SHIP calls, beginning July 1 through Oct. 2019. June calls will continue as planned.

We will take the next several months to convene an advisory group, composed of local public health and OSHII staff, to design a structure that is beneficial for all. The goals of these calls are to provide timely and helpful technical assistance, opportunities for relationship building, information sharing as well as appropriate grant oversight. We believe by working together, we can create a structure to meet these goals. We anticipate the calls in their new and improved form to resume Nov. 1, 2019.

Your bi-monthly report will continue as a grant requirement. Please submit your bi-monthly reports to your CS, following your current bi-monthly call schedule. Your CS will follow up with you after receiving your report to respond to concerns or make any needed technical assistance connections.

Please reach out to your CS with any questions you have regarding this change. Thank you for working with us as we strive to continually improve.  

Made to Move grant program

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Application deadline is June 14

The #MadeToMove Grant Program from Unilever’s Degree Deodorant and Blue Zones is a competitive funding opportunity to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies.

With the ultimate goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities, this funding opportunity will be awarded to five mid-sized communities in the United States.

To read more about the opportunity, explore the application and supporting guidance documents and submit questions, visit the Blue Zones website.

Staff update for healthy systems unit

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Staff update for health care coordinator

Shirley Schoening Scheuler is the new health care coordinator for the OSHII healthy systems unit.

Shirley has a master’s degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance with a major in health education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a master’s degree in library information science from Valdosta State University in Georgia.

She is also in the process of completing her degree in Health Informatics. Shirley came to MDH in 2014 and has worked in a variety of capacities within the department since then. Prior to joining MDH, she worked for the Nebraska Department of Health in both prevention and chronic disease.

She will begin her new role on Wednesday, June 12. Please welcome Shirley!

Updated SHIP Financial Guide now available

Changes to Financial Guide

The changes to the Financial Guide this quarter include:

  • Underlining removed throughout to make documents more accessible
  • Community Health Worker training added as allowable in the “training/certifications” section
  • Reminder of the limit for incentives at 1% total SHIP grant award added to the “at-a-glace” document

Get the Financial Guide (PDF).

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: Are gaga pits an allowable schools strategy expense?

A: No, gaga pits are not eligible for SHIP funding. In fact, any game equipment where students are the target such as gaga and dodge ball are unallowable for SHIP funding.

See page 29 of the Financial Guide (PDF). 

Calendar of events

Partnership call: SHIP schools

Date: June 11
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Join us for the schools technical assistance call this month where we will be introducing the new SHIP school health services coordinator and other new local SHIP staff as well as discussing the SHIP listening sessions.

Join the call on the MDH WebEx page. Additional information and the agenda are available on Basecamp.

Webinar: Tobacco Prevention and Control Efforts in Rural America - Current Local Health Department Successes and Challenges

Date: June 18
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The purpose of this webinar is to educate and increase knowledge on local health department successes and challenges of current rural tobacco prevention and control efforts throughout the United States along with providing examples on cessation methods, tobacco and opioid connections and e-cigarette programs.

Register and learn more.