Feedback Welcome on the Health Needs of Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department in collaboration with its Healthy People Lincoln County partners is proud to present a draft copy of the 2018-2023 Community Health Assessment. This report makes up a year-long process of reviewing and analyzing comprehensive data on health issues and needs of individuals residing in Lincoln County. The Community Health Assessment is the first step of our Community Health Improvement Process and provides an overall six year plan to tackle the health challenges of our county. Challenges have been identified as Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Oral (Dental) Health, and Nutrition and Healthy Foods.

Lincoln County Community Needs Assessment 2018

You can provide feedback by using the following link before April 30th https://goo.gl/forms/0yhT1hZ0WlLuN5it1. If you have questions or want a copy of the final assessment contact Shelley Hersil, Health Officer/Director, Lincoln County Health Department, 715-539-1360, shersil@co.lincoln.wi.us.

WI Wins: A Statewide Tobacco Movement

Have you heard of the Wisconsin Wins program? Wisconsin Wins is a science-based, state-wide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products.  It began in the spring of 2002.

This program strives to reduce illegal tobacco sales to minors. It congratulates local clerks who do not sell tobacco to youth.  It also educates those who do.  Free training is available through the program.  This training can be found at www.WITobaccoCheck.org. Continue reading

Free Gun Locks Distributed Throughout County

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is excited to announce that they will be partnering with local businesses and sports clubs to promote gun safety. This spring, the following locations will be providing free gun locks and education materials to the public.

  • Tomahawk Furniture (Firearms and Bows)
  • Lincoln County Sports Club
  • Rock Falls Rod and Gun Club
  • Rutt N’ Rod
  • Jim Moser

These locations support gun safety and want to keep our community safe Continue reading

Join the Sugar Out Day Challenge on March 24

The Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition has a challenge for the community; reduce your sugar for one day. We are asking families and individuals to take the Sugar Out Day pledge on Saturday, March 24th to reduce the sugar you eat and drink for the day. Click here for pledge form.

“The average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year; this averages to about 3 pounds of sugar each week” says Karen Krueger, Public Health Nurse for the Lincoln County Health Department and head of the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition. Continue reading

Ground Water Awareness Week March 11-17

Only 1% of the water on Earth is useable, 99% of which is groundwater. Groundwater is water found under the ground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. Approximately 70% of Wisconsin uses groundwater for drinking. The Lincoln County Health Department would like to use this year’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17, to remind well owners to test their water every year to prevent illness caused by bad water. “This year’s theme, Test, Tend, and Treat is a reminder of how to keep our private water supply clean and pure,” says Meghan Williams, Lincoln County Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Continue reading

“Eating Right With Every Bite” Coming to Dave’s County Market

Something tasty is coming to Dave’s County Market! Starting Saturday, March 10th, Dave’s County Market is happy to be partnering with the Lincoln County Health Department to promote the “Eating Right With Every Bite” Healthy Recipe Program. On March 10th from 10am-1pm, the Lincoln County Health Department will be at Dave’s County Market to kick off the program. Samples of healthy, family-friendly recipes will be available to shoppers. Recipe cards will be placed throughout the produce section that feature fun and nutritious ideas for the whole family. Shoppers will also find in-store coupons for fruits and vegetables needed to make each of the featured recipes. Continue reading

Tobacco Products Hit a New Low with E-Cigarettes that look like USB Flash Drives

Teachers are used to dealing with disruptions in the classroom – things like passing notes, using cell phones, talking out of turn, etc. Teachers now have a new one to worry about – JUUL e-cigarettes. This alarming upward trend of kids smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” is occurring in middle schools, high schools and college campuses nationwide. This practice of inhaling through a vape pen can also be referred to as “JUULing,” named after a brand called JUUL, which make devices that are easily concealed.

Students could have these products in the classroom and discretely use them without the teacher even knowing. They are so small, they can be hidden in pens and highlighters and are often mistaken for USB flash drives. They can actually be charged on a laptop or computer. Continue reading

Free Stress Management Programs in Merrill and Tomahawk

The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition is hosting two four week stress management programs called Taking Care of You in Merrill and Tomahawk. The first program will take place in Merrill on Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at T.B. Scott Library. The second program will be offered in Tomahawk on Mondays, April 2, 16, 23, and May 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Tomahawk Public Library. These classes are free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided. 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

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