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Oct. 10, 2019

OSHII staffing update

Welcome aboard to Sadie Gannett

Sadie Gannett has joined the OSHII Healthy Communities team as the food systems coordinator.

Gannett comes to MDH from the City of Richfield, where she served as assistant planner in the Community Development Department. Previous to that, she was policy and planning research assistant for healthy eating and active transportation with the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

She has 10 years of experience working on a variety of housing and climate issues. Gannett has masters’ degrees in urban and regional planning and public health (with a focus on food systems) from the University of Minnesota.

Welcome to OSHII!


2019 fall regional meetings update

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Granite Falls site added 

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. A site in Granite Falls has been added for the southwest region.


Tuesday, Nov. 12
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Countryside Public Health
415 9th Ave., Ste 106
Lower Level County Training Room
Granite Falls, MN 56241

Learn more about the meetings at the registration page!

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Countryside Community Leadership Team honored

2019 Community Health Award recipients named

Countryside Public Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Community Leadership Team was among the state’s public health advocates honored at the 2019 Minnesota Community Health Conference.

The Countryside team, with representatives from Big Stone, Chippewa, Swift, Lac Qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties, received a certificate of recognition. The team was called out for how it came together to focus on farmers markets and healthy foods through an initiative called “Tokens for Tomatoes.”


Read the MDH news release

Give your feedback to OSHII's commercial tobacco training and technical assistance services

Reminder: Deadline is Oct. 11

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Unit is conducting an annual evaluation of its commercial tobacco training and technical assistance services. The results will help inform the next year of offerings and quality improvement. Complete the Tobacco TA evaluation now.

Deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 11.

Helpful tips for completing forms

FAQ for local SHIP staff

Q: If I include a salary/staff expense on my invoice, does this staff person need to be listed on my budget?

A: Yes, any staffing members/expenses listed on your invoice need to be listed in your budget.


Webinar: New Schools-Tobacco Strategy Resources 

Date: Oct. 14
Time: 11 a.m.

MDH has communicated with the Minnesota Department of Education and the state’s superintendents to update them on resources available for addressing the youth vaping epidemic. It’s part of an effort to ensure that everyone has the same information and understanding of OSHII tools and resources.

This webinar is an opportunity for local SHIP staff to learn about SHIP’s scope of assistance to schools and key school toolkit resources that are available. It’s strongly encouraged that each local SHIP office have a representative join the webinar.

Join the webinar at the WebEx page.