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June 20, 2019

Grant awardees announced

Funding awarded through State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program

Five local public health agencies and community partners have been awarded funding through the State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program that the Minnesota Department of Health received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year. The purpose of the SPAN grant is to identify, develop and implement physical activity and/or nutrition strategies to address inequities for specific target populations.

Two components of the grant are Moving Health Equity to Action and the Good Food Guidelines project.

The Moving Health Equity Data to Action grant recipients are Brown Nicollet Community Health Board, Scott County and Saint Paul-Ramsey County. The grant awardees will build on lessons learned, relationships, results and other assets identified or strengthened by their Health Equity Data Analysis projects conducted for through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.

Good Food Guidelines grant recipients are PartnerSHIP 4 Health and Healthy Northland. For this project, local public health partners will engage community members and stakeholders to assess the community food environment, develop shared goals, objectives and principles, and identify opportunities to implement food guidelines and support implementation of food guidelines in chosen locations to support healthier food access in identified populations.

We congratulate all awardees and look forward to seeing the impact of their work.

Food Justice Summit set for Nov. 4-6 in Duluth

food justice summit

Register today!

The Food Justice Summit will build upon food access work in Minnesota by bringing champions of food justice together while also reaching into new sectors to broaden the scope and impact of food systems work.

Early bird registration is $185 and this changes to $210 closer to the date. There will be no discount for presenters but scholarships will be offered to those facing financial limitations.

Visit the Food Justice Summit website for additional details about the summit and to register.

Call for presentation proposals

Submit a proposal to present at Food Justice Summit

Are you passionate about creating a just food system in Minnesota? Do you have skills and knowledge to share with other passionate people from across the state? Help make the 2019 Food Justice Summit a success by contributing your voice and submit a proposal to lead a session there.

Please consider contributing and also share this invitation with anyone else who is passionate about creating a just food system.

Visit the Food Justice Summit website for more information.

Food systems coordinator position posted

Application deadline is July 3

The position for Food Systems Coordinator with the Healthy Communities Unit in OSHII has been posted. This position will coordinate implementation of department-wide and statewide efforts to improve access to healthy foods through sustainable local, regional and statewide food systems.

Learn more and apply.

OSHII staffing update

Linda Feltes headshot

Linda Feltes has retired

Bon voyage, Linda Feltes! Linda Feltes retired from MDH effective June 18. Thanks to Linda for all she has contributed to OSHII and to MDH through her career. Her energetic facilitation skills and her calming presence as the OSHII training and technical assistance coordinator will be missed. Enjoy your next adventure!

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: Can SHIP funding be used for lobbying?

A: No. Grantees must ensure funds are not used for lobbying, which is defined as advocating for a specific public policy after it has been formally introduced to a legislative body.

Educating people about the importance of policies as a public health strategy, however, is encouraged with SHIP funds. Education includes providing facts, assessment data, reports, program descriptions and information about budget issues and population impacts, but stopping short of making a recommendation on a specific piece of legislation. Education may be provided to public policymakers, other decision-makers, specific stakeholders and the general community.

Lobbying restrictions do not apply to informal or private policies. Grantees may not use SHIP funds to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

See page 36 of the Financial Guide (PDF) for more information.

Calendar of events

Webinar: Workplace Wellness - Building a Culture of Health

Date: June 24
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Across Minnesota, employers are working with local public health through Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to create sustainable workplace wellness initiatives. In 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health conducted an evaluation study on SHIP’s workplace wellness initiative to determine the impact SHIP has on workplaces and their employees. The evaluation used two data sources for the analysis: 2018 Wellness Coordinator Survey and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Healthy Workplaces Organizational Assessments.

The webinar will include background about the evaluation, its results and communications tools that will be available to local SHIP staff.

Join the webinar at the WebEx Training page.

Session number: 796 080 144
Session password: Workpl@ce1

This weeks gem

Smoke free dakota county

Dakota County public housing is smoke-free

In 2018, all Dakota County public housing went smoke free with support from Dakota County SHIP. Residents who don’t smoke as well as residents who smoke all reported seeing the positive effects of a smoke-free environment.

“I moved here and they started having a seminar about how it [smoke] goes through the vents, electrical outlets and pipes. So, if I’m smoking it can go through the pipes and into somebody who doesn’t smoke’s apartment,” said a resident of South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Non-smoking residents of the public housing in Dakota County are feeling better without the secondhand smoke, and many residents who are smokers have quit or are trying to quit.

“I really didn’t want to move because I am happy living here so the incentive was there to do it and that caused me to take the action to quit smoking,” said another resident of the South St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Learn more about this initiative by watching a video created in partnership by Live Smoke Free and Dakota County SHIP with the public housing agencies and residents in Dakota County.