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November 21, 2019

No newsletter next week Nov. 28

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

With the upcoming holiday, there will be no newsletter next week.

Please look forward to the next Making it Better newsletter on Dec. 5.

Register for Food Justice Facilitation Workshop

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Multiple location and dates! 

Have you registered to attend a Food Justice Facilitation Workshop yet? The first one is happening in two weeks!

The workshop is for anyone who is passionate about working with others to create a more just food system by cultivating dialogue that leads to action. Come ready to learn new skills, form new relationships, and work with others to advance strategic efforts.

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

Register and learn more at the University of Minnesota Extension site.

OSHII staffing update

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Say hello to Laura Perdue

Laura Perdue has been named the new nutrition coordinator for the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives. She starts in her new role on Nov. 27.

Perdue has been a partner with food access work through her position at the University of Minnesota Extension, where she was an extension educator in health and nutrition since 2014. Prior to that, she was health promotion specialist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.

She has a master’s degree in public health with a nutrition focus from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Welcome to OSHII!

Safe Routes to School funding available

Applications due in January 2020

Minnesota Safe Routes to School (SRTS) has three funding opportunities open to advance Safe Routes to School efforts in Minnesota.

  • Boost Grant – Intended to increase local walking and bicycling efforts, these grants fund non-infrastructure strategies to help support current SRTS plans or programs. Applications are due Jan. 10, 2020.
  • Planning Assistance - Grants to schools and communities to develop comprehensive SRTS plans. Plans are completed by regional development organizations or a statewide SRTS consultant. Applications are due Jan. 10, 2020.
  • Engineering Studies - SRTS engineering studies are intended to bridge the gap between potential safety strategies documented in an SRTS plan and implementation. Applications are due Jan. 17, 2020.

Check out the MnDOT SRTS Grants and Funding webpage to find more opportunities.

Community Solutions for Healthy Child Development Program


Upcoming Center for Health Equity grant opportunity

MDH is pleased to announce the establishment of the Community Solutions for Healthy Child Development grant program, funded by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Goals of the Community Solutions grant program are to improve child development outcomes related to the well-being of children of color and American Indian children from prenatal to third grade and their families; reduce racial disparities in children’s health and development from prenatal to third grade; and promote racial and geographic equity.

Requests for proposals will be posted in December. To receive notification of the post date and to learn more about the program, visit the Community for Healthy Child Development Grants webpage.