Health

Lac du Flambeau Finalist for Culture of Health Award

Jun 10, 2015

The Lac du Flambeau Tribe and Public School are one step closer in their application for the a national $25,000 award. The tribe is one of 15 finalists in the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Award. Representatives from the foundation came for a site visit last week, where they toured and talked with people from the community.

In a cold snap like this one, it doesn’t take long for temperatures to become a health risk. Amy Lavin is a nurse practitioner at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.   She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes.  If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening. 

Proposed legislation would tighten rules for disposal of mercury-based thermostats.  Though no longer made, many households still use them.  But if thrown away or burned, that mercury can get into the environment.

A new bill would require manufacturers to pay for recycling programs, and make them easy to use by the public. 

Amber Meyer Smith of advocacy group Clean Wisconsin…says it would be similar to the state’s e-waste recycling program.

It’s launch day for Wisconsin’s health exchange.  Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.  One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system…is what will happen to private insurance agents…now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he’s not too worried.

Daniel Oines

Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.  That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. 

William Warby

Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.  

It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life.  Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center.  She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer. 

“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event.  We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”

Mothers-to-be have a chance to learn more about breastfeeding resources. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting several educational sessions this week. Cheri Nemec is a dietician who works with the Wisconsin WIC program and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She says a lot of moms plan to breastfeed, but may switch to formula if they start to worry about whether they’re doing it right.

 

Centers for Disease Control

Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts. 

Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department.  She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot. 

“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”

Dwight Burdette

Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds.  

The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans.  Pam Pedersen is a nurse with Vilas County Public Health Department.  She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.          

United States Postal Service

Wisconsin has a problem with low-income access to dental care.  

That’s according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trust.   It finds the state ranks second worst in the nation for the number of low-income kids receiving dental care.  Jane Koppelman is Research Director with the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign.

“In 2011 almost 72 percent of kids on Medicaid in Wisconsin – that’s nearly three quarters of the child Medicaid population – did not receive any dental care in 2011.  Not even a routine exam.”