Category Archives: Announcements

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

Health Department Offers Free Shots for Tomahawk Students on November 7th

Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) will be holding a free vaccine clinic at the Tomahawk High School Library on Tuesday, November 7th during parent teacher conferences from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  This free clinic is only for students attending the Tomahawk School District. It is funded through a grant received by LCHD.

Vaccines that will be offered include Influenza (flu), Meningococcal, Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis (Tdap), Hepatitis A, and HPV*.  *(HPV shots will be screened by LCHD for VFC eligibility due to funding changes). “This clinic provided large savings in time and money for families last year,” states Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County Health Department. “It is so exciting to be able to offer this health and cost benefit again.” Continue reading

Establishments Receive Health Department Awards

Lincoln County Health Department announced the fourth annual environmental health award winners for the 2016 licensing year (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017). The award program recognizes the special effort of high and moderate complexity restaurants that serve food to the public.

Of the 101 establishment’s eligible for the awards, two were chosen for this year’s awards. These establishments should be congratulated for their efforts.

 Awardees include Arby’s and Eagles Aerie 584.

Arby’s: Lynda Talbot, Janice Krimmer, September Murphy, Rebecca Born, Gary Schwartz, Mary Schwarts, and Natalie Falcon accepting Special Recognition Award from Environmental Health Technician September Murphy (Lincoln County Health Department).

Eagles Aerie 584: Scott Doerr and Beth Schlueter accepting Special Recognition Award for Eagles Aeries 584 from Lincoln County Health Department. Continue reading

NAMI Northwoods Offers Free Family Support Group in Lincoln County

Support for Loved Ones of Individuals Living with Mental Illness.

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is pleased to announce that the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will now be offering a free Family Support Group in Merrill. The NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm at the Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital in the DeAngelis Room.

“Sometimes we forget that those who are support people for others also need it for themselves,” say Ashley Bolling, MS, LPC, SAC, Mental Health Specialist for Ascension Medical Group Merrill. “Family Support provides that for family members, friends and loved ones of those who have a mental illness.” Continue reading

Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition Creates Awareness through Chalk Art Messages on the River Bend Trail

Members of the Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition recently joined together on the River Bend Trail to create chalk art messages to promote mental health awareness. The goal of the chalk art was to get people thinking about their own mental health and what they can do to support others. The chalk messages kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week, which is October 1 – 7. This year’s theme is “Into Mental Health: Inspired, Informed, Involved.” The campaign focuses on the power of starting conversations, learning to know the right thing to say and encouraging people to talk about mental health. Continue reading

ReadyLincoln.org Goes Live this September in Observance of National Preparedness Month

Lincoln County Emergency Management and the Lincoln County Health Department are pleased to announce the completion of ReadyLincoln; an emergency preparedness website for Lincoln County residents. This website has been in the works for over a year and was made possible by grants received from Wisconsin Emergency Management and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The purpose of ReadyLincoln (http://www.readylincoln.org/) is to connect the public to information and resources to help them prepare for, respond and recover from natural disasters and emergencies. The website contains Continue reading

5210 is Coming to a Doctor’s Office Near You!

September is Fruit and Vegetable Month and the Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition would like to spread the word! During the month of September, family practice clinics around Lincoln County will have 5210 displays that show ways to increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat each day. 5210 is a national program that has been shown to help reduce obesity among children and stands for eating 5 fruits and vegetables, having less than 2 hours of recreational screen time, being physically active for at least 1 hour, and drinking 0 sugary beverages each day.

“Healthy eating is one of the most important ways that we can improve our health,” states Kristi Krombholz, Public Health Nurse with Lincoln County Health Department Continue reading