The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership is working in all 87 Minnesota Counties and 10 Tribal Nations

Working to create good health were we live, work, learn and play.




What is SHIP?

The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. In 2008, Minnesota lawmakers recognized that controlling health care costs would require more than just changes in medical care - additional investments in prevention were needed. With bipartisan support in the legislature, Minnesota passed a groundbreaking health reform law. A key component of that reform was to create the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). In the fall of 2016, the Statewide Health Improvement Program became the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. Why? Because improving health outcomes requires strong private-public partnerships. 

Every community is different and by focusing on real community-led partnerships in healthy eating, physical activity, and reduced commercial tobacco use, improvements can happen.  

Why invest in prevention?

Because chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in Minnesota. In Minnesota, medical expenses due to obesity were estimated to be $2.8 billion in 2009, according to CDC Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System. Smoking results in more than $2.5 billion in medical costs annually in the state, according to the Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey.

Doing what works, based on the latest science. 

SHIP uses strategies from the best researchers in the country, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The strategies are based on the latest science and are compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health in collaboration with local public health.


Why is SHIP Important?


Chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in Minnesota. 

SHIP efforts are lowering obesity, commercial tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

SHIP works on preventing chronic disease by strengthening the capacity of communities to create their own healthy futures because healthy communities create opportunities for all Minnesotans to live longer, healthier lives.


Goodhue County Adult Obesity Rate

2013 = 28%
2014 = 28%
2015 = 30%
2016 = 31%

2017 = 32%

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps data

Minnesota Adult Obesity Rate

2013 = 25.5%
2014 = 27.6%
2015 = 26.1%
2016 = 27.8%

2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey


Minnesota Tobacco Rate

2010 = 16.1%
2014 = 14.4%

Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey


Goodhue County Adult Smoking Rate

2013 = 20%
2014 = 19%
2015 = 19%
2016 = 17%
2017 = 15% 

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps


Minnesota Youth (11th grade) Smoking Rate

2013 = 12.2%
2016 = 8.4%

Minnesota Student Survey


While lower rates is good news, we have more work to do!

Increase access to fresh local fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, local corner stores, emergency food programs, mobile markets and other food retailers.

Serve healthier food in schools, child care settings, concession stands and at other places.

Increase access to physical activity opportunities.

Continue to support breastfeeding moms. 

Continue to strive for a tobacco-free generation.