Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health

SHIP was launched in 2008 as part of Minnesota’s bipartisan health reform effort. The Minnesota Legislature must renew the funding biannually and MDH awards grants to counties and cities across Minnesota. Local communities then decide how to focus their efforts to prevent chronic disease. The goal is to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by decreasing obesity and tobacco use and exposure, which are the leading causes of chronic disease, disability and death.

Community Wellness Grant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC awarded this funding to Minnesota in 2014 and Healthy Northland is one of four grantees in the state. When announcing grant recipients, officials from CDC cited two statistics as evidence that these efforts are necessary: chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year and they account for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. This grant aims to reduce the impact of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in our communities.