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

Nutrition Coalition

The Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition was formed in 2012 after nutrition and healthy foods 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 youth with healthy weights.
  • Increase access to healthy foods.
Members Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, UW- Extension Lincoln County, Ascension Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s Hospital, Lincoln County Health Department
Partners Marshfield Clinic Merrill, Merrill Area Public Schools, Ascension Medical Group Tomahawk, Dave’s County Market, Nelson’s County Market, Allied Health Chiropractic, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Bridge Dental Clinic, Russ Davis Wholesale, Church Mutual, Parkside Preschool Merrill, Heartland Cooperative Services Merrill, and community members.

Coalition Initiatives

Point of Purchase Campaigns

Point of purchase campaigns are strategies used to promote purchasing certain products right at store. These may include coupons, samples, or education on the product. The Nutrition coalition has worked with local businesses to provide labels and signage to promote the purchases of healthier food items.

Cooking Demonstrations

Hands on classes in which residents increase their understanding on what are nutritious foods and how to process fresh foods either through cooking and or preserving are offered through UW Extension at local food pantries.

Access to Community Gardens

Grants and funding through coalition members have provided funding for creation and expansion of community gardens in both Tomahawk and Merrill.

Featured Project

The main message of 5210 is eating 5 fruits and vegetables each day, watching 2 or less hours of recreational screen time, being physically active at least 1 hour each day, and drinking 0 sugary beverages. The 5210 program offers a variety of ideas on improving eating and physical activity habits in children and adults. The Nutrition Coalition launched 5210 in the Fall of 2016 and continues to offer education and presentations on 5210 at local community events, businesses, and schools.

Get Involved

To learn more about the Lincoln County Nutrition Coalition and how you can get involved, contact Kristi Krombholz, Public Health Nurse, at 715-539-1376 or email at kkrombholz@co.lincoln.wi.us.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease and Control offer a variety of information and resources for both the public and medical professionals on healthy eating and Nutrition.

MyPlate

MyPlate is a nationally recognized program that assists in building a healthy eating lifestyle.

Nutrition.Gov

Nutrition.gov is a USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices.

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

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

Are You Ready to Fight the Flu? People of All Ages Advised to Get Vaccinated.

With children back in school, and adults back to work after a busy summer, Lincoln County Health Department asks everyone to protect themselves and others by getting their yearly flu shot.

“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your flu shot” reports Jennifer Johnson, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln Country Health Department. “Flu shots should be given yearly and as soon as they are available. This is usually September or October; however, flu shots can and should still be given through late spring for those who did not receive it earlier.” Continue reading