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.