SHIP: The Statewide Health Improvement Program
The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding is to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier, better lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. SHIP is an integral component of an overall health care reform initiative passed during the 2008 Legislative session. Minnesota’s health reforms aim to simultaneously improve the health of Minnesotans, enhance the patient experience and contain the spiraling costs of health care in our state.
The Healthy Communities Collaborative has been working for the past 4 1/2 years to help create good health where residents, live, work, learn and play.
Through SHIP funding, we are working on making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! See the You Tube Video below.
Below are report summaries divided out by sectors – Worksites, Schools, Community, and Health Care. We are proud of our partners and our staff assigned to work on these initiatives though Statewide Health Improvement Program funding through the Minnesota Department of Health.
The work we are doing through SHIP improves health and saves money by building stronger communities. Our local communities chose SHIP strategies that are best for them. The result? Real, community-led improvements in healthy eating, physical activity and reduced commercial tobacco use.
What makes SHIP different from other prevention programs?
Some prevention programs focus on individual behavior change. Behavior change from programmatic efforts can be difficult to sustain beyond the life of the program or the individual’s involvement in the program. But behavior change can be maintained if the environment supports it. SHIP aims to create sustainable, systemic changes that make it easier for Minnesotans to choose healthy behaviors.