Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives. SHIP launched as part of Minnesota's bipartisan health reform package, enacted in 2008.

Community Coming Together

Good health is created where we live, work, learn and play. Partnering together to create better health together through SHIP all across Minnesota include:

  • Apartment owners/managers
  • Businesses
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Clinics
  • Community groups
  • Faith communities
  • Farmers
  • Hospitals
  • Planning entities
  • Schools
  • Senior organizations
  • Many more


SHIP seeks to:

  • Reduce the percentage of Minnesotans who use or are exposed to tobacco
  • Reduce the percentage of Minnesotans who are obese or overweight through better nutrition and increased physical activity.

SHIP Model

The SHIP model: improving health by increasing opportunities for healthy choices:

  • Increased opportunities for physical activity, nutritious food, and tobacco free living 
  • Means more people get physical activity, better nutrition, and less tobacco exposure
  • Leading to improved health
  • Lowered costs, and improved quality of life

Addressing Preventable Death

SHIP addresses the top three preventable causes of illness and death, tobacco use/exposure and obesity due to physical inactivity and poor nutrition, both for the well-being of the community and to address the spiraling cost of health care costs in our state.