Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, or SHIP, is a partnership aimed at “creating healthier communities across Minnesota by expanding opportunities for active living, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living”. SHIP plays an essential role in helping all people in Minnesota prevent chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Our work makes the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn, and play.

SHIP has played an instrumental role in helping to keep Minnesota's obesity rates relatively flat and reduce commercial tobacco use. To accomplish the goals of SHIP, local communities and organizations are needed as partners to promote evidence-based strategies outlined by SHIP.


Anoka County SHIP works in multiple settings:

  • Communities
  • Schools and Child Care
  • Healthcare
  • Workplaces

Anoka County SHIP works by:

  • Increasing access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables
  • Serving healthier foods and increasing access to physical activity opportunities at schools and child care facilities
  • Making walking and biking easier in our communities
  • Supporting property managers as they take steps to make multi-unit housing sites tobacco-free
  • Working with small- and mid-sized employers to improve their employees' health and productivity
  • Strengthening connections between health care sites and community resources to ensure patients are referred to evidence-  
         based programs and free to low cost resources
  • Supporting and promoting breastfeeding in a variety of settings and populations

Organizations interested in partnering with SHIP can find out more by emailing