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Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
Working together for healthy communities
The Minnesota Department of Health provides funding to Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to work with a variety of partners to improve the health of our community. Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health is in its fourth cycle of SHIP funding.
SHIP funding is focused on three goals:
- Increasing physical activity,
- Improving access to healthy foods,
- Reducing the use of, and exposure to, tobacco.
SHIP supported partnerships are designed to create healthier systems and environments where people live, work, learn and play.
Current SHIP strategies:
Breastfeeding funding opportunity
Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health is collaborating with the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition to offer funding for organizations committed to becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Public Space.
Healthy eating in the community
Healthy eating in the community focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes to improve access to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Successes of our partnerships and support include:
- The Saint Paul – Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission supports a comprehensive vision of access to healthier foods and a sustainable local food system.
- Saint Paul Public Housing is making changes that support healthy eating environments such as encouraging water intake instead of sugar-sweetened beverages with a Rethink Your Drink campaign, establishing a Healthier Vending policy, and developing capacity of residents to successfully support their community gardens.
- Long-range planning efforts to support healthy eating opportunities within comprehensive plans, including a healthy food access map.
- Academia Cesar Chavez to encourage healthy eating within the school, families and Latino community.
- Metro Food Access Network (MFAN) to help create a network of supporting healthy eating.
- Reconnect Rondo to engage community in creating a Health Impact Assessment for a Land Bridge in the Rondo Community.
- Offered mini-grants that support healthy food access through by working with food shelves, urban agriculture organizations, farmers markets and community organizations.
- Started a Farmers Market Collaborative with Ramsey County farmers markets to connect markets and provide support to increase access to healthy foods.
- In partnership with Dakota County, Hennepin County and Health Partners representatives, formed the Metro Breastfeeding Coalition.
- Working to support breastfeeding throughout the community by applying to become a Breastfeeding Friendly Health Department.
- In collaboration with SPRCPH WIC, started 4 Baby Café drop in breastfeeding groups in Saint Paul to support pregnant and breastfeeding families.
Active living in the community
Active Living in the community focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes to improve access to physical active opportunities and infrastructure changes to support an active lifestyle. Successes of our partnerships and support include:
- Implementation of the Active Living Ramsey Communities Bike and Pedestrian Plan, through an All Abilities Transportation Network training and supporting implementation into comprehensive plans.
- Saint Paul Public Housing Agency to support biking by public housing residents and safe walking. Working with local nonprofits, public health and housing have provided more than 1000 bikes, locks and helmets to youth and families, arranged classes on how to maintain bikes, and installed bike repair fixit stations and Walk with a Doc events.
Academia Cesar Chavez school is supporting physical activity in students, families and the Latino community.
City of Saint Paul Pedestrian Plan to provide a blueprint of projects to encourage walking.
Local cities and school districts to implement Safe Routes to School efforts.
Reconnect Rondo to engage community in creating a Health Impact Assessment for a Land Bridge in the Rondo Community.
- Offering mini-grants into the community to make small but sustainable changes.
Public health is working with several partners to create a tobacco-free environment in Ramsey County, successes of our partnerships and support include:
- American Lung Association (ALA) to support smoke-free policies at multi-unit housing properties and to support public housing through the transition of the federal HUD smoking ban happening in July of 2018.
African American Leadership Forum (AALF) to create changes agents to create community support for Menthol Tobacco policy changes.
- Working with Association for Nonsmokers MN (ANSR) to pass city council ordinances for restricting the sales of menthol products to adult-only store
- Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing- Steps for Success
- Find a smoke-free building, visit: Live Smoke Free
Public health works extensively with Ramsey County’s five school districts to develop initiatives that increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. Schools have pursued a variety of common strategies as well as unique efforts that meet the individual needs of their district or schools. Strategies include:
- Formation of wellness teams and champions to identify, create and implement work plans to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities and compliance to district wellness policies.
- Adoption of healthier food policies for students and staff at school fundraisers, celebrations and in vending machines.
- Adding water bottle filling stations in the school buildings to encourage water intake instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Safe Routes to School promoting walking or biking to school, and targeted programs to engage specific at-risk students in physical activity, increase participation of Walk/Bike to School Day.
- Working with district to provide Active Classroom/Recess trainings to give students more time being active during the school day.
Public health is working with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) to provide technical support and grants to encourage healthier environments for their employees. Projects include:
- Gardening implementation at worksites so employees can get active and try new fruits and vegetables.
- Implement use of a Nursing Mothers’ Room to support breastfeeding for new moms, as well as use by employees for relaxation.
- Physical activity stations, so that during break times employees can have a space to be active, as well as supporting walking meeting.
- Wellness committee formation and support so the changes are sustainable
- Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) - workplace wellness information
Community-clinical linkages works within the Health Care system to provide new ways to better support Ramsey County residents. These changes help clinics do things differently, usually through systems changes or trainings. Our partnership successes include:
- Institute for Clinical Systems Implements (ICSI) to develop two patient handouts containing culturally informed recommendations to promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco cessation; including a Hmong focused and a U.S. born African American documents that clinics can use when offering care.
Community plans & reports
Latino Community Action Plan
During 2015, a Latino Chronic Disease Prevention Community Action Plan was created in partnership with Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) and Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health SHIP along with an Advisory Committee made up of various organizations. The plan highlights action steps that can be taken to improve health in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity, and reduction of tobacco use and exposure.
Health Equity Data Analysis
Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health (SPRCPH) was selected as a pilot site to conduct a Health Equity Data Analysis (HEDA). U.S.-born African Americans living in Saint Paul were chosen as the population for this project. The following report presents a variety of health data that illustrate harsh health disparities facing this population and goes on to explain why these disparities are not merely differences based on chance but are inequitable and avoidable.