Category Archives: Announcements

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

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

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

Public Invited to Create a Healthy Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department, along with their partners, are inviting the public to participate in the development of a three year community health plan for Lincoln County. This community health plan will set strategies to address health challenges in our communities.

The process for developing the community health plan kicked off last summer when the public was asked to complete a community health opinion survey. Over 689 community members completed the survey either online or in-person. Results of the survey showed the public’s greatest health concerns to be alcohol and drug abuse, mental health and overweight and obesity. Continue reading

Holiday Food Safety Tips

As the end of the year approaches, it’s likely there are multiple parties and thus many meals in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you’re a skilled cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a dish to the potluck lineup, the holidays can make even the most confident chefs nervous. The Lincoln County Health Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday season by sharing these food safety tips. Continue reading

Stay Healthy for the Holidays; It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot

Haven’t received your flu shot yet? It’s not too late. Lincoln County Health Department is continuing to offer Walk-In Wednesday Flu Shot Clinics through the end of November.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks in January or later. Lincoln County Health Department encourages residents to get their annual flu shot as it is the most effective way to protect yourself, your family and your community. Continue reading

DANGER! Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills!

Protect your family from carbon monoxide this winter

As we get used to the cooling temperatures and enjoy the last days of fall, the Lincoln County Health Department wants to remind everyone of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially those who will be headed to the hunting cabin or to another location where there may not be carbon monoxide detectors. Continue reading

Lincoln County Health Department 13th County in the State to be Awarded National Accreditation

PHAB-Accredited Health Departments Demonstrate the Capacity to Serve their Communities Well

Lincoln County Health Department is proud to announce that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments. Lincoln County Health Department is one of fewer than 200 health departments that have thus far achieved accreditation through PHAB since the organization launched in 2011. Continue reading