About the Minnesota State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
Improving the health and quality of life for all Minnesotans by reducing the burden of chronic disease is the aim of SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership). Through SHIP, schools, communities, worksites, and health care systems team with local public health department grantees to innovate and adopt health interventions that take aim at chronic disease’s two biggest underlying culprits - tobacco and obesity. School children spend roughly half their waking hours in school, providing an ideal launch pad for reinforcing the importance of eating well, being physically active, and avoiding commercial tobacco products.
Since 2011, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has partnered with St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health (SPRCPH) in using this grant to teach and instill life-long health habits to its students. From helping to initiate a fun run for elementary and high school students to training staff on mindfulness techniques for improved classroom learning, SPPS has benefited from SHIP funding to bring evidence-based health and nutrition practices to its school communities.
Initiatives for SHIP and SPPS in 2016 include continue working with classroom staff in Moving & Learning residencies and trainings to help students learn self-regulation skills through physical activity and breathing exercises and promoting Safe Routes to Schools through all-school Bus, Drop & Walk events.
Want to learn more? See how SHIP makes a difference in Minnesota.