Anoka County SHIP partners with healthcare organizations to address healthy eating, active living, and commercial tobacco addiction. SHIP provides training opportunities for staff, works to integrating screening and referral processes and provides funding for approved resources. The overarching goals are to enhance health equity and wellbeing at the community level.

Healthcare Partners

Since 2016, Anoka County SHIP has partnered with over twenty organizations on healthcare projects.  

  • Over 250 referrals to the Minnesota Food Helpline through SNAP-Rx partnership with Hunger Solutions Minnesota
  • Over 50 clinicians trained through local commercial tobacco workshops
  • 13 healthcare providers trained as Tobacco Treatment Specialists through the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center 
  • 10 peer support specialists trained in Motivational Interviewing
  • One healthcare organization implemented a commercial tobacco free grounds policy and posted signage
  • Four clinics participated in a farmers market gift certificate program to increase access to fresh local produce
  • Three partners received small portable fitness equipment and staff facilitator training 
  • Three clinics received carbon monoxide breathalyzers for use in commercial tobacco treatment

Tobacco Educators Network

In 2018, Anoka County SHIP partnered with Washington and Ramsey County SHIP to create the Tobacco Educators Network (formerly “Tobacco Treatment Specialist Collaborative”). The Tobacco Educators Network is for healthcare providers who’ve attended Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) trainings and those who support TTS providers. The Tobacco Education Network meets bi-annually for ongoing education and networking opportunities. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at with subject line “Tobacco Educators Network.”  

Fact Sheets and Success Stories

We are happy to share impact data from the evaluation of our healthcare strategy, including fact sheets and highlighting the success stories of our partners.

Success Story - Training Behavioral Health Providers: Tobacco Use and Recovery Among Individuals with Mental Illness or Addiction
Success Story - Walker Methodist Plaza DrumFIT