Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is a community-led initiative that has been working to create healthier communities in Minnesota since 2009 by expanding opportunities for active living, healthy eating, well-being/mental health, and commercial tobacco-free living. These context areas are also known as MN MOVES, MN EATS, MN WELL-BEING, AND MN CTF.

Chisago County SHIP partners with schools, businesses, farmers, cities, first-responders, senior organizations, food shelves, and other community groups throughout Chisago County to create sustainable changes that support healthy choices. This is implemented through policy, systems, and environmental changes.

The Power of Prevention

Individuals are more likely to make healthy choices if their environments (schools, workplaces, grocery stores, neighborhoods, etc.) are supportive of health. SHIP supports work that increases access to healthy eating, active living, well-being and mental health support, and commercial tobacco-free living.

Find out more about each context area and how SHIP is helping make Chisago County a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play:

Why SHIP is Important

The Minnesota Legislature created SHIP in order to address the rising rates of chronic disease throughout our state. Read on to learn more about the power of prevention in helping all Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives, and mitigate health care spending.

Thanks to SHIP, the Chisago County community has partnered and collaborated with the following organizations and coalitions:


  • Chisago Age Well Coalition
  • Chisago County MAPP Committee
  • East Central Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, North Branch
  • Strategic Planning for the Child Care Gap


  • Chisago Age Well
  • Chisago City Farmers Market
  • Chisago County Parks
  • Chisago County
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Chisago Lakes Community Education
  • Family Pathways
  • Lakes Region EMS
  • M Health Fairview System
  • North Branch Area Library
  • North Branch Community Education
  • Rush City Food Shelf
  • Second Harvest Heartland - Chisago County
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, North Branch
  • Williams Park Community Garden
  • Women's Environmental Institute
  • Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library
  • Plastech Corporation
  • Plastic Products Co. Inc. 


  • City of Center City
  • City of Lindstrom
  • City of North Branch
  • City of Rush City
  • City of Wyoming


  • C.E. Jacobson Elementary
  • Chisago Lakes Middle
  • Chisago Lakes Primary
  • Chisago Lakes Senior High
  • Lakeside Elementary
  • North Branch Middle
  • North Branch Senior High
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Rush City Secondary
  • Sunrise River Elementary
  • Taylors Falls Elementary
  • Trio Wolf Creek
  • Wyoming Elementary
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         Interested in Partnering with SHIP?

  1. Technical assistance, funding, and other resources may be available for projects that aim to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity and reduce the use of commercial tobacco products. For more information, contact:

    Elizabeth Stenson
    SHIP Coordinator

    MacKenzie Halfen
    Community Health Specialist