Category Archives: Announcements

Join us for a Conversation on Food Security in Lincoln County

Food Security is defined as access to all people, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life. To learn more about food security in Lincoln County, we invite you to join us for a conversation on food security in Lincoln County. There are two opportunities to join the conversation.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Ministry Health Sacred Heart, Tomahawk, Spruce Room
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales Street, Merrill, Room 156.

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Take the Sugar Out Day Pledge on February 18

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition is encouraging individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the community to participate in the Sugar Out Day Challenge on Saturday, February 18, 2017. It will be a day of challenge and awareness to reduce and/or eliminate how much sugar you eat for one day by completing a pledge form.  In return of a completed pledge form to Lincoln County Health Department, you will be entered into a drawing eligible for a gift card for fresh fruits and vegetables in March. Continue reading

Radon: Leading Cause of Lung Cancer among Non- Smokers

Winter HomeDid you know that radon gas causes more than 20,000 deaths a year? It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. You cannot see, smell, or taste it, so it is easy to forget that radon may be a problem. Help protect you and your family by testing your home for radon during January- National Radon Action Month.

Radon is a natural, odorless gas. It enters buildings through cracks within the basement, walls, and gaps around pipes. “The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it,” stated Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist Continue reading

Number of WI Retailers Selling Tobacco to Minors Inching Closer to 10%

teen-smoking-e-cigaretteMore Wisconsin kids are being sold tobacco products illegally, according to new data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The data comes from the 2016 Synar survey, which examines the number of retailers that sell tobacco to minors. The 2016 rate of 7.2% is up from 6.8% in 2015 and 6.4% in 2014.

While Wisconsin remains below the national average of 10%, local health advocates say there’s reason for concern. “The fact is that a number of the tobacco products being sold in stores are highly appealing to youth,” says Judy Sargent, Public Health Nurse, Lincoln County Health Department. “Preventing these sales is a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to protecting kids and improving the health of our community.” Continue reading

Lincoln County Releases Results of 2016 WI WINS Compliance Checks

wis_wins_logoThis past summer the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) conducted tobacco compliance checks throughout Lincoln County. A total of 30 random checks were completed for any retailer in the county that had a tobacco license; 3 of these establishments sold tobacco to a minor. The current illegal sale rate of 10% is down from last year’s illegal sale rate of 13.8%. Although this is an improvement from the previous year, it is unfortunate that several convenience store sales clerks did not properly check purchaser’s IDs and sold to minors. Continue reading

Mental Health Coalition Offers Free Youth Mental Health First Aid in January

mental-health-logoThe Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is excited to announce that they will be offering FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid. County residents and individuals that work for agencies that serve Lincoln County are encouraged to sign up for this two day training. The training will be held on Monday, January 9 and Wednesday January 11 from 4:00 -8:00 pm at the Merrill High School, Room 113. Dinner will be provided. Participants must commit to attending both days. Space is limited to 30 participants. Must be at least 18 years old to attend.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for community members to learn how to help youth who are experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis,” says Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator Continue reading

Do Patient Reminders Assist in Increasing Immunization Rates?

Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) participated in two performance management objectives in 2016 focusing on improving immunization rates for two year olds and avaccinationdolescents ages 13-18 residing in Lincoln County.

Performance Management Goal 1: 76% of  children will complete 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 Hepatitis B, 1 Varicella and 4 PCV13 vaccinations by their second birthday. Immunization rates for 2 year olds have decreased since 2013; however, they are on the rise in our county. The increase in rates from last year’s 72% to 76% maybe due to increased parents/guardians’ awareness of the importance of receiving vaccines. You can read the full LCHD report:  2016 Report on improve vaccine rates by second birthday

Performance Management Goal 2: 44% of 13-18 years of age will have received 3 doses of the HPV vaccine. Quality Improvement Project assisted with increasing those who have completed the series. 51%  of those who were eligible for dose 3 received it after they received a reminder letter from LCHD. Although we did not meet our Objective for the year, we were able to still increase HPV vaccine rates in adolescents.  You can read the full report:  2016 Report QI Study Shows Vaccine Reminders Increase HPV Rates

Be Smart This Holiday Season – Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over

logo-buzzkillEach holiday season, the Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition promotes BUZZKILL: Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over; a campaign focused on educating adults, especially those 21 through 24 years old, about the consequences of serving alcohol to underage individuals.

“Underage consumption of alcohol and providing alcohol to underage persons is a serious problem in this area,” says Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins. “There are significant consequences for providing alcohol to persons underage as well as civil and criminal liabilities. Please be responsible and do not furnish alcohol to persons underage.” Continue reading

Quitting Tobacco is the Best Gift You Can Give Your Family this Year

wrapped_giftsThe holiday season is upon us and with that brings opportunities to open our hearts our minds for those near and dear to us. We may go about shopping throughout the month to find the perfect gift for our loved ones, but for some people in Wisconsin, the perfect gift will cost you nothing. In fact it will end up saving you money and improving your lives.

There is no present that a family would enjoy more than hearing that their loved one is going tobacco free. Those who have quit smoking will tell you that it took work, a firm decision and self-discipline to Continue reading

Pneumococcal Vaccines For Those 65 Years And Older

grandma-and-babyMost of us take breathing for granted, but when breathing becomes difficult, it can be very scary. It can also be life threatening.  Lincoln County Health Department is encouraging residents to receive both pneumococcal “pneumonia” vaccines.

Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacteria that you can catch from a sick person who coughs or sneezes around you. Adults ages 65 and older are at increased risk for sickness and even death from this disease. In order for you to protect your health, Continue reading