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Sep. 27, 2019

SHIP 2020 planning meetings kick off

Get to know the work-group participants

Work groups met this week to launch planning efforts for the next five-year Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) contract. Three additional planning meetings will take place after this week.

Thanks to the work-group participants from local public health and partner organizations!

Minnesota Commercial Tobacco-Free

  • Cynthis Borgen, North Country
  • Evalyn Carbrey, City of Minneapolis
  • Alyssa Wolf, Anoka County
  • Lia Burg, Washington County
  • Cody Engelhaupt, Sherburne County
  • Natasha Phelps, Public Health Law Center
  • Pat McKone, American Lung Association
  • Chris Matter, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Minnesota Eats

  • Samatha Osterhaus, Anoka County
  • Katherine Mackendanz, Morrison, Todd, Wadena
  • Jennifer Nelson, Southwest
  • Leah Mahoney, Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Waseca
  • Kristin Klinger, City of Minneapolis
  • Brian Bluhm, Healthy Northland
  • Jason Bergstrand, PartnerSHIP 4 Health
  • Leah Schueler, Kandiyohi, Renville
  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Public Health Law Center
  • Jenna Kiepke, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Trina Adler, U of M Extension
  • Nadja Berneche, Terra Soma

Minnesota Moves

  • Chris Weis, Mower County
  • Sarah Stewart, City of Minneapolis
  • Jennifer Lezer, Benton County
  • Lindsay Nelson, Scott County
  • Laura Fredrick, Hennepin County
  • Bethany Satrom, Polk, Norman, Mahnomen
  • Mary Thissen-Milder, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Kelly Corbin and Amber Dallman, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Jill Chamberlain, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Elissa Schufman, Move Minnesota
  • Nick Mason, BikeMN

2019 fall regional meetings update

Registration now available

This fall’s regional meeting series will focus on health care and healthy eating partnerships. Local SHIP staff have been instrumental in securing sites, planning the agenda and recommending presenters.

Registration is now available. Agendas can be viewed once locations are selected on the registration form. Note: An additional meeting site is being planned for the Southwest region.

Dates and locations are:


Thursday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bunker Hills Activity Center
Maple Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW
Andover, MN 55304


Tuesday, Oct. 15
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lakewood Health System
Lower Level
Classrooms A&B
49725 County 83
Staples, MN 56479


Thursday, Oct. 24
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse
3rd Floor Conference Room
204 S 5th St.
Mankato, MN 56001


Tuesday, Oct. 29
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Crookston Library 110 N Ash St.
Crookston, MN 56716


Monday, Nov. 4
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location to be announced

Engaging with Robbinsdale transit customers


Hubbard Marketplace is a busy transit hub in the City of Robbinsdale, as well as an underused space in the city’s busy downtown. Hubbard Marketplace services five bus routes and is a holdover location for bus driver breaks. The building, however, is closed to the public due to maintenance and public safety concerns.

Recognizing the importance of transportation to their residents’ health, the City of Robbinsdale partnered with Hennepin County, Metro Transit and the Musicant Group to improve the transit experience at Hubbard Marketplace through TRANSITion to Spring.


During two Fridays in March, project partners carried out targeted engagement activities to learn more about riders’ current experiences and needs to improve transit. On the following Saturdays, the site was filled with community organizations, music, art, and other activities to promote transit use and visits to Robbinsdale’s walkable downtown. 

TRANSITion to Spring provided several recommendations to the City of Robbinsdale and Metro Transit around improving Hubbard Marketplace for riders while waiting for the bus, connecting downtown Robbinsdale to transit and how to activate Hubbard Marketplace as a gathering place for the community in the future. To view the project in action, check out the TRANSITion to Spring video.