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Sept. 5, 2019

Walkable Community Workshops scheduled

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Four communities partnering with MDH

The Minnesota Department of Health will conduct four Walkable Community Workshops in October to help four communities across the state step up their walking options and increase pedestrian and driver safety.

Improving walkability increases street safety for everyone and makes walking an easy choice to nearby destinations. Studies show that people become more active when improvements such as adding sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are made. In addition, making walking easier helps foster social interaction, improves local economies, reduces air pollution and benefits the overall health of community residents.

Red Wing, Glendale Townhomes in Minneapolis, Lincoln County in southwestern Minnesota and Fergus Falls will host workshops in October.

Read the full news release.

SHIP 2020 planning update

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Thank you to everyone who applied to be part of a work group for the next five-year Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) contract. There was an overwhelming response, and we have more volunteers than we have spots to fill.

This will be an exciting time for local public health staff, local public health directors, Minnesota Department of Health staff and community partners to co-create and plan the next five years of SHIP.  Your willingness to be involved in the process is greatly valued and appreciated.

OSHII leadership is meeting to finalize group memberships, making a best effort to meet work group criteria goals.

In the meantime, please save the following dates for planning meetings and watch for an email with further information to participate in the process.

Minnesota Eats                                                      

Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.       

Oct. 30,  12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       

Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       


Minnesota Commercial Tobacco-Free        

Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       

Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       

Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       


Minnesota Moves                                                

Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.       

Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       

Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       

Dec.  9, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       

Submit a session for the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference

Proposals are due Sept. 27

The Wallace Center seeks proposals for sessions at the 2020 National Good Food Network Conference, which will take place March 10-13, 2020, in New Orleans, La.

The conference will include dialogue, discussion and capacity building across critical components of food systems development including institutional procurement, finance, value chain coordination, racial equity and inclusion, food hub operations, food safety, community-based collaborations, value added processing and more.

The conference is a chance to reflect on the gains and missteps of past decades of food systems work, examine models and practices that are working now, and co-create new strategies for food systems change. The conference aims to amplify the voices of frontline communities that have previously been excluded from the conversation.

Read more about the Good Food Network Conference (PDF). Session proposals are due Sept. 27.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces funding opportunity

Effort increases understanding of base-building

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced a call for proposals on projects that advance the ways the field assesses and measures base-building.

To successfully advance health equity we need to remove obstacles to health, including powerlessness. Base-building—the strategies used by grassroots-led organizations to build collective strength—advances this goal by enabling communities to exercise influence over the factors that shape their communities and their health.

To successfully advance health equity, obstacles to health, including powerlessness, need to be removed. Base-building -- the strategies used by grassroots-led organizations to build collective strength – advances this goal by allowing communities to exercise influence over the factors that shape their communities and their health.

Application deadline is Sept. 24. RWJF will host an informational webinar on Sept. 9. Get details about the webinar registration.



Webinar: SHIP Schools Webinar Series

Date: Sept. 10
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Join the schools technical assistance call this month. Connect with your colleagues and learn about the latest SHIP work in schools.

Register for the webinar on the MDH WebEx page.