Results from the Community Needs Assessment from Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties show alcohol and drug use, mental health and chronic disease prevention as the top three health concerns facing the Northwoods. The Division of Public Health, UW-Extension and Ministry Health Care from the three counties are working to establish a health care plan for the Northwoods, but Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says public input is needed.

The incidents of Vilas county retailers selling tobacco products to underage persons has risen, according a local health professional.

Vilas County is part of the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition and Tammi Boers from Vilas County Health Department says spot checks of retailers found the illegal sales rising...

" 2015, Vilas county had 22.86 percent of our retailers sell to minors. That increased from 2014 which was at 13.5 percent..."

She says they work to educate retailers about how to do proper ID checks...

National Public Health Week Looks At State Of Our Health

Apr 6, 2016

We are in the middle of National Public Health Week, an initiative to recognize health departments across the country for their efforts to improve the safety and well-being of their communities.

Marta Koelling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Health Department and she says the department is educating citizens on their initives through posts on their social media throughout the week.

PTSD Not a "Veterans Only" Concern

Apr 1, 2016
Dave Melancon

Educators and area employers learned that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a “veterans’ only” affliction and helping avert a suicide attempt is a skill that can be learned during Nicolet Area Technical College’s second “Hire Up” presentation Friday.

“PTSD is a normal reaction to an abnormal event,” said Jessica Schiek, Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital mental health therapist. It tells the individual that the world is a scary place and dangerous place and they are ill equipped to deal with it.”

Northwoods Counties Among Least Healthy

Mar 24, 2016

Wisconsin News Connection 

A new report indicates rural counties in Wisconsin and across the nation tend to have higher rates of premature death, smoking, obesity, child poverty and teen births. Large urban counties have lower smoking and obesity rates, and large suburban counties have the lowest rates of child poverty and teen births.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the annual County Health Rankings, showing how counties compare on more than 30 factors that influence health.

The legend of the Easter Bunny bringing eggs appears to have been brought to the United States by settlers from southwestern Germany. A health official hopes the Easter Bunny only brings healthy eggs this weekend and not a food-borne illness.

Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Todd Troskey says a few simple tips can keep everyone from a food-borne illness. Troskey says start out with making sure the eggs are in good shape from the store...

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Ministry Health Care will be participating in the first wave of a nationwide effort by Ascension Health to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, that officials say gives veterans the choice to receive care at all Ministry Health Care locations throughout the Northwoods.

Kendra Glebke is the Veterans Choice navigator for Ministry Health Care. She says qualified veterans can get care closer to home through the Veterans Choice program...

  A 3 year, nearly $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will help expand and encourage breastfeeding among Wisconsin tribes. The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council says the money will be used to train tribal health care workers and other maternal child health staff. Nutritionist and Breastfeeding Coordinator Cheri Nemec says 83% of infants initiate breastfeeding, but by 6 months only 55% are still breastfeeding. She says they’ll invest in programs encouraging and normalizing breastfeeding by developing support groups and community education events.

The Missing Factor: Hemophilia Awareness

Mar 8, 2016


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An allergist says don't be fooled by the late winter weather: it's allergy time and those symptoms you've been having might not be a cold, but allergies.

Dr. Steve Kagen of Appleton has been keeping detailed records for decades and says it doesn't matter that you see snowflakes, the things that produce sneezes, coughs, and runny nose and eyes are already here...

Electronic Records Keep Closer Track Of Opiate Use

Mar 8, 2016

Technology is making it easier to both care for patients and keep a closer watch on prescription pain drug use.

Marshfield Clinic's electronic records unit, MCIS Inc., teamed up with Appriss, Inc., to include opiate prescription histories that are incorporated directly into a patient's electronic health records.

Dr. Eric Penniman is Marshfield Clinic's Medical Director for Primary Care. He says the Appriss features inside of their patient records makes it very easy to see who is getting what prescriptions before making treatment decisions and giving out new prescriptions.

UW Extension Offers Exercise Program

Feb 29, 2016

The Oneida County UW-Extension is offering a 10-week session encouraging elders to build and maintain strength through an exercise program at the Ministry Health Care Riverside Clinic in Rhinelander.  The program, called Strong Bones, is designed to work different groups of muscles through different exercises using a dumbbells, ankle weights and body weight.   Family Living Educator Sarah Richie says the program is made for all ages and abilities.

Here's the Skinny: Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Feb 25, 2016

A group of parents and professionals dedicated to promoting children’s mental health, known as The Children’s Mental Health Matters Coalition, is teaming up with community partners throughout Wisconsin for a youth poster contest.

Jackie Baldwin is a parent-peer specialist for Wisconsin Family Ties, a non-profit organization providing support and education for families who have children with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. Baldwin says the poster contest leads up to Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and day on Thursday, May 5 in Madison....

People with early stages of memory loss and their partners are invited to attend the opening next month of the Northwood’s Memory Café at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rhinelander.

Sue Kirby, Community Link coordinator at Ministry Sacred Heart Saint Mary’s Hospital says the Cafe is designed to help people with memory loss to socialize...