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Feb. 6, 2020

Healthy Communities for Healthy Futures grant


Funding opportunity available

The Minnesota Department of Health Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Program seeks proposals from community-based non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and Tribal Nations to deliver projects addressing health disparities in the leading risk factors for the most common birth conditions in Minnesota. The grant program will fund the development of new projects or enhance existing programs.

Applications are being accepted until March 16. Visit the Children and Youth with Special Health Needs webpage for an application.

Free Physical Activity Learning Session training

Training focuses on early care providers

The Minnesota Department of Health will hold a free Physical Activity Learning Session (PALS) Train the Trainer session on April 2 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Education's Conference Center in Roseville.

PALS is an out of the box-training package designed for use with early care and education (ECE) providers. The training combines content learning with facility level self-assessments, policy development opportunities, resources, and materials, all aimed at supporting practice change in ECE programs leading to healthier, more active children.

You are eligible to participate in the PALS train the trainer if you work directly with ECE providers and programs (Head Start, Early Head Start, child care centers, family or group childcare homes, prekindergarten) and you are able to offer PALS training at least once during the first year following the train the trainer.

Email Holly Glaubitz at to reserve your spot and for more information.

2020 Walking College Fellowship

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Applications are now open

The Walking College is a remote-learning program that imparts fellows with the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in creating stronger, more equitable, sustainable, and liveable communities.

Over six months, fellows learn the basics of walkable design and develop skills to help them navigate the public policy process, engage decision-makers, foster a local advocacy movement, and more. By the end of the program, they will complete a blueprint for short- and longer-term strategies they can use to tackle an identified problem in their communities.

Visit the America Walks website for the application and more details.

Active recess training


Register for a free training near you!

Active Recess is designed to increase physical activity levels as well as decrease behavior problems and injuries on the playground. It’s about taking action and steps to help all kids have an opportunity for a fun, safe and active recess.

Training participants will gain the knowledge and skills to support districts/schools that plan to implement high quality active recess.

For further questions and to register, email Jeremy Vann at  


Tuesday, March 3
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Apple Valley
14955 Galaxie Ave.

Tuesday, March 24
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
New Ulm
414 S Payne St.

Thursday, March 12
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
809 Elm St.

Tuesday, April 14
11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
403 4th St. NW

Tuesday, March 17 
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Two Harbors
1513 County Highway 2


Funding support available for Walk With Ease

Application deadline is March 2

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Arthritis program is seeking partners who will promote walking, launch the Walk With Ease evidence-based group program and promote the self-directed online format of Walk With Ease.  

Partners will be expected to build awareness about the benefits of walking for people who experience joint pain or are diagnosed with arthritis and report the program data back to the MDH Arthritis program in a predetermined format. Funding is available to local partners through a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Higher priority will be given to applicants that:

  • Focus on serving older adults, ethnic cohorts, refugees, immigrants, or adults with limited English proficiency.
  • Are located in a community whose local public health SHIP staff has organized or is scheduled to organize a Walkable Community Workshop.

Application deadline is March 2. For additional details, see the Walking for Arthritis Mini Grant webpage.


Webinar: Advocacy vs. Lobbying: How to Use your Voice to Make Change

Date: Feb. 19
2 p.m.

Join the Association for Nonsmokers (ANSR) during this month's Point of Sale call to discuss advocacy and lobbying. Topics covered will include how a bill becomes a law; what local, state and federal work looks like; examples of advocacy vs. lobbying; and grassroots organizing. Success stories and valuable insights will be shared.

Register at the ANSR zoom page.