A Healthier Southwest

HealthierSW_LogoColorREVSD A Healthier Southwest is dedicated to helping the community live longer, healthier lives by reducing risk factors for chronic disease.  We do this by supporting changes in policies, systems, and the environment.  Our goal is to make it easier for people to incorporate healthy behaviors into our daily lives; specifically focusing on schools, communities, worksites and healthcare. This effort is funded by the Minnesota State Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and ClearWay Minnesota. Membership is comprised of community members, partnering organizations, and SWHHS employees.  If you would like to know more, please contact us at (888)837-6713 and ask to speak to a Health Educator about SHIP or ClearWay Minnesota.

Southwest Minnesota Local Food Guide
In 2013, through a SHIP grant initiative the Local Food Guide was created. This guide was to compiled to encourage and enable health-wise and ecologically-smart purchasing decisions in our local SW Minnesota food system. Please  review this resource and consider supporting local SW MN producers.

Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
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SHIP is a acronym for the Statewide Health Improvement Program. SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices where they live, learn, work, and play.

SHIP is working to make “THE” healthy choice the easy choice in 4 settings; schools, worksites, community and healthcare organizations. SHIP is working in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties.

Check out our latest partnership and how we have been using our SHIP funding:
Southwest Minnesota Schools Get Active

ClearWay Minnesota
ClearWay Minnesota was created in 1998 and entrusted with overseeing 3% of the state’s tobacco settlement funds.  They operate under the ongoing jurisdiction of the Ramsey County District Court.  ClearWay distributes grants every year to organizations and agencies that are willing to work on policy changes in regards to current tobacco laws. ClearWay Minnesota’s strategic plan helps support work toward long-term goals to reduce smoking prevalence and secondhand smoke exposure and to increase access to tobacco dependence treatment for all Minnesotans.

ClearWay does this through:

  • supporting policies that reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke

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  • supporting Minnesotans in quitting tobacco use by offering cessation services such as QuitPlan
  • creating an environment that supports a tobacco-free future for Minnesotans

Southwest Health and Human Services applies for the ClearWay grant every year. The grant that is received is used in all 6 counties, the money from the grant is used for working on policy changes such as updating tobacco ordinances, tobacco-free grounds and Clean Indoor Air Acts. We work with coalition members, that include high school youth groups, that are interested in tobacco control and education. We are also working on making multi-housing units and daycare facilities tobacco free.

Tobacco Resource:
Still A Problem