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Chris Broeker, Leah Walters, Diane Brophy and Mari Jo Lohmeier will represent Hubbard County on the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Community Leadership Team. (Submitted photo)

County reps on health reform team

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Staff members from St. Joseph's Area Health Services have stepped forward to provide local leadership on behalf of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant.

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Chris Broeker, Leah Walters, Diane Brophy and Mari Jo Lohmeier will represent Hubbard County on the SHIP Community Leadership Team along with representatives from Clearwater, Beltrami and Lake of the Woods Counties.

The North Country Community Health Board received the grant from Minnesota Department of Health created to reduce regional health care costs associated with chronic disease management, specifically in regard to tobacco use and obesity.

The grant will address reducing tobacco use and increasing the availability and access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities. It will provide policy, system and environmental changes by bringing evidence-based and practiced-based interventions to schools, communities, worksites and health care systems.

SHIP interventions are estimated to save $1.9 billion in Minnesota by 2015.

"It is my responsibility to put on my tennis shoes each evening to go for a walk, but it's my community's responsibility to make sure that my neighborhood has safe, well-lit sidewalks on which I can walk," says Sanne Magnan, Minnesota's Commissioner of Health. "We need both personal responsibility and community responsibility to truly achieve good health."

Healthy Park Rapids 2010 will provide local oversight of SHIP activities. Diane Brophy will provide local leadership for SHIP and Raeann Mayer provides overall SHIP coordination.

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