SHIP: The Statewide Health Improvement Program
The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) 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.
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.
SHIP grants are awarded to community health boards and tribal governments across Minnesota. Grantees will work in their communities to employ evidence-based strategies to make policy, systems and environmental change in four settings: