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Nov. 14, 2019

SHIP 2020 planning update

New work groups to form


We hope you are enjoying another beautiful (and wintery!) Minnesota autumn.

The SHIP 2020 planning process is in full swing. OSHII is now ready to move forward with the next step for planning for the next five-year SHIP contract that will start in fall 2020.

We are looking for volunteers to join the following work groups:

  • SHIP Communications
  • SHIP Evaluation
  • SHIP Technical Assistance and Training
  • SHIP Funding, Scope of Work and Requirements
  • SHIP Community Engagement and Equity

We will begin scheduling three meetings for each of  the following work groups, with the understanding that some will want to convene additional meetings:

SHIP Communications

Dates will be announced.

SHIP Evaluation

January 21, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
February 25, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March 9, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SHIP Technical Assistance and Training

January 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
February 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
March 11, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SHIP Community Engagement and Equity

January 22, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
February 26, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March 11, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SHIP Funding, Scope of Work and Requirements

January 23, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
February 27, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March 12, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • There will be an orientation session for all members.
  • Each meeting will be four hours long.
  • There will be an estimated eight to 10 hours of work between meetings.
  • Each group will have two co-chairs: one from OSHII, one from local public health.
  • It is expected every member of the work group will attend each meeting in its entirety.
  • Each member will communicate efforts and share back meeting updates with their respective units, groups, colleagues, leadership, etc.
  • A workbook will be provided to each work group with meeting agendas, deliverables and templates.
  • Work will be completed by April 1, 2020.

Work Group Criteria

Work groups will be chosen from volunteer applicants and comprised of OSHII staff, local SHIP staff, local public health leaders and SHIP partners who have experience within settings of the specific content, with regional representation from: 

  • Greater Minnesota, rural areas
  • Greater Minnesota, urban areas
  • Metropolitan area
  • Tier one, two and three SHIP grantees
  • Experience with disparately impacted populations

If you are interested in being involved in the planning process and are able to commit to the three meetings, please click on the link below and complete the application by 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. Work group membership will be announced by Nov. 30..

SHIP 2021-2026 Planning Work Groups Application

Thank you for your continued support and interest in this planning process.

Kris Igo

Food Justice Facilitation Workshops

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Working together to create a more just food system

The University of Minnesota Extension and food justice leaders around the state are working together to equip people with the skills and tools to cultivate meaningful dialogue that leads to action. This collaboration began in October 2019 when a team of leaders from outside the university came together with Extension staff to strengthen their facilitation skills and co-create a curriculum to help others learn how to bring people together more effectively. Attendees walked away with practical tools and partnerships that would help them to pass these skills on to others through a series of workshops around the state. 

The team is planning workshops around Minnesota to support other leaders who are working to create a more just food system. All local SHIP staff are encouraged to attend a workshop in their area.

Dec. 3-4, Rochester Area Foundation

Dec. 9-10, Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Saint Paul

Dec. 11-12, Ridgewater College, Willmar

Dec. 12-13, North Minneapolis

Dec. 17-18, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan

Dec. 17-18, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth

Jan 21-22, 2020, Moorhead Public Library

To learn more, visit the University of Minnesota Extension site.

Good Food Access Program Advisory Committee

Applications for vacant, expiring seats now open

The Good Food Access Program increases the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for underserved communities in low and moderate-income areas.

An advisory committee supports the Commissioner of Agriculture on managing and establishing program criteria, project eligibility guidelines, application processes and additional procedures. Applications are now available for open positions on the committee.

Applications are available on the Secretary of State’s website. The application reviewing process will begin in mid-December.

Safe Routes to Parks Funding Opportunity

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Applications open through Dec. 16

The Safe Routes Partnership invites communities and organizations working to improve safe and equitable access to local parks to apply for the 2020 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program. The program provides tailored technical assistance for seven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans.

Visit the Safe Routes Partnership website for the application, to learn more and to read success stories.

2019 Safe Routes to School Network Survey

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Give your feedback

The Minnesota Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Network call is a monthly knowledge-sharing opportunity for communities working on Safe Routes to School. This survey is about this year, the interests for future network calls, 2020 SRTS Meet Up and other technical assistance needs.

The survey will be open until Nov. 27. Please visit the 2019 Safe Routes to School Network Satisfaction Survey to participate.

Visit the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Network website to learn more and view notes from the past calls.