Making it Better: Minnesota's Health Improvement Log

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June 27, 2019

No newsletter next week for July 4

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Happy July 4!

With the holiday next week, we will not be sending out a newsletter. Look for the next Making it Better log on July 11.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Correction to Food Justice Summit registration

Registration for Food Justice Summit will be available in August

There was an error in last week’s story about the Food Justice Summit. Registration for the Food Justice Summit is not available until August. We apologize for the error.

Food Justice Summit presentation request extended until July 2

The deadline for the request for presentation proposals has also been extended to Tuesday, July 2. Please share this opportunity with your networks and consider co-creating. Contact Julie Anderson or Nicole Chimbetete with any questions.

SHIP planning timeline

Timeline for next fiscal year

As we approach the end of another fiscal year, it is time to start planning for next year. Below is a timeline to help us prepare for year 5.

Contact your community specialist with any questions.

SHIP planning timeline

SHIP funding deadlines

Reminder for SHIP spending requirements

Currently, all SHIP Year 3 funds have been spent and all grantees are drawing from SHIP year 4 funds.

SHIP Year 4 funds must be spent by June 30, 2020. We will know the total amount available to carry forward after we receive your final invoice in December 2019. We will process the invoices and have the final numbers for you in the new year 2020.

As you know, the current SHIP grants end on Oct. 31, 2020. With that, Year 5 funds are required to be spent by Oct. 31, 2020. This deadline is firm due to it being the end of the grant.

Catalyst Funding solicitation open


Center for Prevention Catalyst Funding round two

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced a second round of Catalyst Funding. The Catalyst Funding Initiative is designed to support the implementation of creative solutions to health inequities and jump-start community initiatives. Blue Cross is seeking to fund projects that lead to sustainable community health changes related to the Center for Prevention’s core issue areas: increasing access to physical activity, increasing access to healthy eating, and decreasing commercial tobacco use.

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 23, at 1:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted via Blue Cross’ online application system. Partial submissions will not be accepted.

There will also be an informational webinar about this opportunity. See below for details.

Learn more about the Catalyst Funding Initiative at the Center for Prevention website.

Evaluation of SHIP workplace wellness

New study shows SHIP boosting Minnesota employers’ workplace wellness efforts

Employers participating in Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) overwhelmingly reported positive changes in healthy eating and physical activity among their employees, according to a new study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). These findings are encouraging for employers looking to improve workers’ health and productivity and to reduce health care costs down the road.

According to the study, 73 percent observed improvements in healthy food and beverages consumed by employees, and 67 percent noticed increases in physical activity. The study evaluated the impact of workplace wellness efforts, including strategies to support breastfeeding mothers and help employees quit smoking, eat healthier and be more physically active.

Employers credited SHIP, with 92 percent of workplaces indicating that their organization’s wellness goals have advanced due to SHIP.

Learn more about the SHIP workplace wellness study.

Breastfeeding Friendly workplace application changed

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Form moved online

The application for Breastfeeding Friendly workplaces has been changed to make it easier to complete online.

This is the first Breastfeeding Friendly application to use that format. Workplace partners will be able to access the application directly from the MDH website, instead of using a PDF.

As part of a test of the new system, two workplaces completed their applications through the new online format. All remaining Breastfeeding Friendly applications will eventually move online.

The new format also makes it easier to collect data and meets accessibility standards.

SHIP Financial Guide FAQ

SHIP Financial Guide questions answered

Q: Is out-of-state travel an allowable SHIP expense?

A: Out-of-state travel is an allowable SHIP expense that requires MDH prior approval. You must provide a detailed description of the purpose of travel and provide a breakdown of relevant costs including number of persons travelling, conference registration fees, transportation expenses, lodging and per diems. Contact your community specialist for MDH prior approval.

See pages 8, 9, 17 & 20 of the Financial Guide (PDF) for more information.

Calendar of events

Webinar: Catalyst Funding Initiative

Date: July 8
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon

This informational webinar will offer more details about the Catalyst Funding Initiative and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

Visit the Center for Prevention website for more information and to join the webinar.

Webinar: 1st Anniversary of the HUD Smoke-Free Housing Rule: Successes, Challenges and Next Steps

Date: July 23
Time: 11:00 - Noon

July 2019 marks the first anniversary of the implementation of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule prohibiting smoking in public housing. In this webinar, public health and housing law experts will provide an overview of the HUD rule, highlight legal issues that have arisen since implementation and discuss what's next for smoke-free housing.

Join the webinar on the Public Health Law Center website.

National Conference on Tobacco or Health: Networking & recognition luncheon

Date: August 28
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

The National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) is the premiere gathering for United States tobacco control professionals. This luncheon will take place on the second day of the conference and is a great opportunity to network with employees of the Minnesota Department of Health and OSHII grantees that are working on tobacco initiatives in Minnesota.

The luncheon will be in the Minneapolis Convention Center in room 205 AB and is exclusive to OSHII grantees.

Register on Eventbrite.

This weeks gem

Carver County Parks

Improving access to Carver County parks

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the entrance fee for Carver County regional parks will be waived on Sunday afternoons.

This is the second year that the entrance fee has been waived in an effort to increase park access.

Last year, the parks saw a 50% increase in visits on Sundays during the promotional period of a similar initiative, which is supported by Carver County SHIP.

Carver County SHIP and the parks department will continue to examine how much of a barrier the entrance fee is for some residents.

Sam Pertz, Carver County Parks and Trails Supervisor, said, “In 2019 we hope to learn more about entrance fees as a barrier and if the fees were eliminated, what type of increased attendance might we experience, as well as the types of activities park users would be coming to enjoy at the parks."