The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is a community-lead health improvement initiative that strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. SHIP seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, child care, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.
Changing Policies, Systems & Environments
The community that surrounds a person greatly influences behavior choices. Research has shown that people’s health is related to both the physical and social environment in which they live. Environments, social norms, policies, regulations and laws impact behaviors of individuals. These social and physical environmental elements can promote, support and reinforce healthy behaviors and contribute to the reduction of obesity in the state of Minnesota.
Health inequities affect all Minnesotans. To counteract this reality, SHIP is making a concerted effort to reduce health disparities and move toward achieving health equity. SHIP’s approach is to focus on improving Minnesota’s overall population health while at the same time focusing significant efforts to improve the health of populations experiencing the greatest health disparities.
Carver County Public Health partners with the community to help residents lead longer, healthier lives. Check out our quarterly newsletter for more information on SHIP activities in Carver County.