Meeker-McLeod-Sibley (MMS) Community Health Services (CHS) is partnered with the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to support community-driven solutions to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and commercial tobacco-free living, helping all people in Minnesota prevent chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
SHIP communities are thriving communities
SHIP helps build thriving communities, creating opportunities for all people in Minnesota to live longer, healthier lives. Ninety percent of the nation’s health care costs are for people with chronic conditions, and the majority of those costs are preventable.
Where MMS SHIP works
- Health care
How SHIP works
Thanks to SHIP, MMS communities are:
- Increasing access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, local corner stores, emergency food programs, mobile markets and other food retailers.
- Serving healthier foods and increasing access to physical activity opportunities at schools.
- Making biking and walking easier in Minnesota towns and cities.
- Taking steps to make multi-unit housing sites smoke free.
- Working with employers to improve workers’ health.
- Working with health care sites to strengthen connections to community to ensure that patients are referred to evidence-based programs in their area.
- Supporting lactation spaces in worksites, public spaces and schools.
SHIP = local leadership, local partners and local expertise
SHIP work is directed by local community leadership teams that bring expertise and connections to the table. The complex, comprehensive nature of this work requires strong relationships, partnerships and expertise at the local level. Meeker-McLeod-Sibley SHIP works with interested local partners to address specific health needs in each community.
Interested in learning more about recent MMS SHIP projects? Check out our latest newsletter here