Thanks to a Blue Earth County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant, VINE Faith in Action will have increased capacity to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program.


The need for an additional trainer, related training, and community outreach was identified as part of VINE’s health and wellness program efforts to offer more flexible hours, more frequent offerings, as well as outreach into under-served communities. “This collaboration paves our path to a sustainable program which will ultimately equip more community members to fight against the onset of type 2 diabetes, now and for years to come,” said Katie Simon, VINE Health & Wellness Manager. Grant funds will be used to cover registration costs for the training of an additional Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach and staff time to perform outreach. “This effort aligns with one of SHIP’s goals,” said Gretchen Mauerman, SHIP Coordinator, “to create healthier communities across Minnesota by supporting evidence-based programs that help prevent diabetes.”


VINE Faith in Action was awarded an amount not to exceed $3,080.50. SHIP grants are reimbursed to the recipient for expenses incurred and require the recipient to contribute resources of at least 10% of the total project amount.


Blue Earth County SHIP works with local communities, schools and businesses to implement research-based strategies that create lasting change helping people in Blue Earth County prevent chronic diseases and live longer, healthier lives. To learn more about Blue Earth County SHIP, visit


For additional local information on this project, please contact Katie Simon, Health & Wellness Manager at VINE, at 507-386-5591.