County Connections: SHIP Mower County

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) of Mower County is delighted to once again partner with Mower Refreshed to bring you County Connections. The goal of SHIP is to help Minnesotans live healthier lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. Program funding is through the Minnesota Department of Health and works to prevent chronic disease by using strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness based on research and proven best practices. As the new Community Health Specialist and SHIP Coordinator for Mower County, my role is to partner with organizations to increase access to healthy foods, promote active living and reduce tobacco exposure.

It’s an exciting time in Mower County as there are so many individuals and organizations hard at work to bring us healthy initiatives. Those include new advancements at farmers markets, schools promoting increased activity and water consumption, and the expansion of the Red Bike Project to name of few.

We are looking to grow our local partnerships in the community to make health a priority and equally accessible to all. We want to help you and your organization find new ways to create a healthy culture that can be continued for years to come.

SHIP promotes long-term, sustainable movements through policy, systems or environmental change. We do this by providing technical assistance, funding and resources. Do you have an idea on how to increase healthy living in your workplace, school or community? We are currently accepting mini-grant applications to help you with this sustainable change. We are looking for wellness champions in our community, schools and worksites that are already out there doing work but may need some extra support.

SHIP funds cannot be used to conduct one-time unsustainable programs and activities that are not a part of a larger coordinated plan to increase access to healthy eating, expand opportunities for active living or reduce tobacco use. So ask yourself, how can I help create a culture of healthy eating and active living where I work, live, or send my children to school? Let me help so we can make better health together.

For more information, please go to our website or reach out to me to answer any questions you may have about what types of activities SHIP can support.


Crystal Peterson MPH, LSW
Community Health Specialist/SHIP Coordinator
Mower County Public Health

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