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

Oral Health Coalition

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition was formed in 2012 after oral health was selected as one of the major health needs of the county as related to Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Focus Areas. The coalition consists of partners from the community that are interested in improving oral health in the people who live and work in Lincoln County.

Members/Partners Include: Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Oak Park Dental, First Impression Dental, Bridge Community Health Clinic, Pine River School for Young Learners, and Lincoln County Health Department.

Oral Health – means being free of mouth pain, tooth decay, tooth loss, oral and throat cancer, birth defects and other diseases that affect the mouth. Many diseases can start with oral symptoms, and many diseases beginning in the mouth can affect health in other parts of the body.

Coalition Goals

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition’s goals are to increase the knowledge among the community on the oral health needs and why it is a priority in our county.

Featured Project

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition recently kicked off an Adult Oral Health Campaign to help raise awareness that oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Lincoln County residents. This campaign will continue with various billboards placed throughout Merrill and Tomahawk.

Focusing on adult oral health, the importance of a dental home and how oral health affects general well-being are the goals of the Adult Oral Health Campaign. These efforts will assist in reaching the Oral Health Coalition’s vision of  making the community a healthy place to live, learn, work and play.

A survey conducted by Lincoln County Health Department in 2015 found that: 56% of adults do not see their dentist regularly. It’s important that individuals understand the connection between oral health and overall health.

Resources

Lincoln County Affordable Dental Clinic Guide – The Lincoln County Oral Coalition has developed a “Guide to Affordable Dental Care” that lists dental clinics in our area available for people with little or no insurance.

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition and or how you can get involved, please contact Karen Krueger, Public Health Nurse, at 715-539-1368 or  kkrueger@co.lincoln.wi.us

Mental Health Coalition

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition was formed in 2012 after mental health was identified as one the major health needs of the county. The coalition includes partners from various sectors of the community that work together on the following goals:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of mental health conditions.
  • Increase access to mental health resources.
Members Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, UW- Extension Lincoln County, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Merrill, Merrill Area Public Schools, North Central Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, HAVEN Inc., Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln County Department of Social Services
Partners Ascension Medical Group Merrill, Tomahawk School District, Merrill Police Department, Lincoln County Housing Authority, Northwoods Veterans Post

Coalition Initiatives

FREE Mental Health Family Support Group

NAMI Northwoods is now offering NAMI Family Support Group, a free 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. Learn more.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who is developing a mental illness or in a crisis. Individuals learn about risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns and strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Several coalition members are trained instructors in the adult and youth curriculums. Contact the coalition in you are interested in scheduling a training for your organization. Learn more

QPR Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR can be learned in as little as 1 hour. Individuals trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Several coalition members are trained instructors in the adult and youth training curriculums. Contact the coalition in you are interested in scheduling a training for your organization. Learn more.

Featured Project


Mental Health Coalition Uses Chalk Art to Create Awareness

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Week, coalition members created positive chalk art messages on the River Bend Trail in Merrill. Learn more.

Get Involved

To learn more about the Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition and how you can get involved, contact Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator, at 715-539-1373 or kbath@co.lincoln.wi.us.

Resources

Lincoln County Mental Health Resource Guide – This brochure was created by the coalition to help connect community members  to mental health resources in Lincoln County.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 – HOPELINE, by the Center for Suicide Awareness, is a free service for help and hope. HOPELINE is a 24/7 Wisconsin Emotional Support Text Line and provides service throughout the entire state.

Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition – Lincoln County Drug Free Coalition brings together various sectors of the community to work together toward a common goal of reducing the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and over time among adults. Website has helpful resources for community groups, providers and parents.

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