Statewide Health Improvement Partnership


What is SHIP?

North Country Health Alliance (NCHA) is a collaborative that works together with local public health departments in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Lake of the Woods counties. NCHA implements the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) in the North Country. NCHA is working to change policies, systems and environments so healthy choices are possible where our residents live, work, learn and play.

NCHA and SHIP work in our region to create partnerships that lead to increased access to healthy foods and active living while decreasing commercial tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. These efforts have led to more workplace, school and community settings having fresh fruits and vegetables available to their employees and students as well as increased opportunities for physical activity. There are safer pathways for walking and biking and more environments that have become smoke-free.

This is North Country Health Alliance's (NCHA) 11th year as a Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grantee. This past year, NCHA worked with 32 partner sites in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard and Lake of the Woods counties. These partners helped make active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living easier and more accessible for all residents. If you are interested in knowing more about SHIP, please click the link to access the SHIP Annual Report.

Be sure to check our 2022 SHIP annual report at

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