Grand Marais, the county seat for Cook County, is a designated Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) community. The SHIP community work in Grand Marais is led by the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, a federally qualified Community Health Center, in partnership with Cook County Public Health and Human Services. The Cook County Grand Marais SHIP program is guided by three community groups that include local stakeholders and citizens: the Active Living Steering Committee, the Cook County Schools/ISD 166 Wellness Committee, and the Great Expectations School Wellness Committee.
Under SHIP, they are working in two important areas: Active Transportation and Health Eating. To increase access to active transportation, they have a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, are leading an Active Living Policy conversation, offer an annual Bike Safety Rodeo, and are participating in a streetscape process for the Highway 61 corridor in Grand Marais. The Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, in partnership with the Active Living Steering Committee, has received funding from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to create the “Moving Matters” project. Moving Matters is working closely with community members to bring the active transportation conversation to the policy level throughout Cook County and the Grand Portage Reservation. To increase access to healthy eating and physical activity, SHIP is working with local schools, ISD 166 and Great Expectations School, on implementing active school days, school gardens, and healthy eating in schools. Health eating is also being encouraged with funding through the Community Transformation Grant establishing a produce voucher program at the local food shelf, and working to increase access to healthy affordable foods in the community.
Use the contact form below to reach Statewide Health Improvement Partnership Coordinator Hartley Newell-Acero.
Check out Moving Matters to learn about what is happening in Cook County.