Community Poverty Simulation on February 26

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is hosting a Community Poverty Simulation on February 26, 2018 from 5:15 – 8:00 pm at the Merrill High School Commons. The event is free and open to those that work or reside in Lincoln County.

Poverty is often portrayed as a standalone issue, but this simulation allows participants to walk “a month” in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and realize how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are. The goal of the Community Poverty Simulation is to help bridge the gap from misconception to empathy and understanding. Continue Reading > >

Concerns that Preteens are Not Protected Against Certain Cancers

In Lincoln County, only 55% percent of preteens and teens are being vaccinated against certain cancers.

According to 2016 data from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry, only 55% of Lincoln County 13 to 18 year olds are vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) leaving 45% unprotected. By remaining unprotected or unvaccinated, they are more likely to get cancer caused by HPV infections.

HPV protection is prevention only. This means that after coming in contact with the virus that causes cancer (HPV), there is no medication to make it go away. However, by getting the shot or vaccine, 90% of cervical cancers are prevented Continue Reading > >

Radon: Protect Your Family From Lung Cancer

The Department of Health Services estimates that 1 out of 10 homes in Wisconsin have high radon levels.

Radon testing is not required by law or regulated in Wisconsin. The Lincoln County Health Department recommends testing for radon if you have never tested your home before or during real estate transactions. “Since you can’t see or smell radon, people tend to forget the health effects that radon can have,” says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist for Lincoln County Health Department. “The only way to know if your home has radon is to test. Continue Reading > >

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking

This time of year brings lots of opportunities to celebrate. Unfortunately, many times these celebrations end in tragedy because the party was fueled by alcohol provided by an adult.  This year, the Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition wants teens (and their parents) to celebrate safely without alcohol.

The Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition is raising awareness about the health and safety risks and legal outcomes of adults serving alcohol to teens through the “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” campaign.   Continue Reading > >

Lincoln County Releases the Results of the 2017 WI WINS Compliance Checks

This year the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) once again conducted tobacco compliance checks. Any store that has a tobacco license may be checked.  A total of 31 random checks were completed in Lincoln County.  This year, three stores sold tobacco to a minor.  That makes our county’s illegal sales rate 11.1%.  This rate is up from last year’s illegal sale rate of 10.0%.   Continue Reading > >