Wood County Current Events
Ebola Update: Information for the Public
Wood County Is Prepared to Respond to Ebola
Wood County Health Department, health care providers, and emergency responders in Wood County have plans in place to respond in the event a case of Ebola is suspected in Wood County. An Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa; however, no one has contracted the virus in Wisconsin. We want the public to know and understand the following three points:
1. Ebola is only spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with the virus. It cannot be transmitted through the air. The risk of contracting Ebola in this area remains low, yet local providers are taking steps to promptly identify and respond to a potential case of Ebola.
2. If someone has traveled to West Africa, and they develop a fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising, we ask that they remain home and contact the Wood County Health Department immediately at 715-421-8911 or 715-387-8646. During non-business hours, health department staff can be reached by calling 715-421-8700. Do not contact the health department for someone experiencing a medical emergency - call 9-1-1, and inform them of any recent travel to Africa so that the responders can come with appropriate protective gear.
3. If someone requires medical care with potential Ebola symptoms, FIRST contact the healthcare provider to report the recent travel to West Africa or contact with a person who was sick with Ebola and their symptoms BEFORE going to the doctor’s office or emergency room. Calling first will help staff care for the patient and protect other people.
For more information, call the Wood County Health Department or visit www.cdc.gov/ebola.
How do I protect myself against Ebola?
If you must travel to an area affected by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, protect yourself by doing the following:
Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
Do not touch the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
Do not touch bats and nonhuman primates or their blood and fluids and do not touch or eat raw meat prepared from these animals.
Avoid hospitals in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. Embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on medical facilities.
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.
Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.
The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.
For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stepping On- Upcoming Community Fall Prevention Program
The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, in partnership with the Wood County Health Department, will be offering a community fall prevention program in Wisconsin Rapids. Stepping On is an evidence-based, multi-factorial workshop designed for community dwelling older adults. The workshop meets for 2 hours, one day per week, for 7 weeks. The program begins Tuesday, October 14th from 1:30-3:30 PM and will meet every Tuesday until November 25th.
•Strength and balance exercises and how to implement them into their daily routine
•Ways to improve the safety in their home
•Safe and proper footwear
•Proper medication management
•The role vision plays in keeping their balance
•Ways to stay safe when out and about in the community
•And most of all, participants learn from one another
Who can best benefit from the Stepping On workshop?
•Older adults (60+) who live in their own home or independent apartment
•Able to walk without the help of another person
•Do not use a walker, scooter or wheelchair most of the time indoors
*A contribution of $10 is suggested, but not required.
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 19-25, 2014
Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future
Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC, is committed to eliminating this burden to public health.
Infant Massage Classes Now Being Offered
Come and learn infant massage. Classes being offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday October 13, 14, 15th from 11:00am-Noon.
$15.00 for all three sessions. Scholarships are available.
Benefits of Infant Massage
Promotes bonding and attachment
Stimulates brain Development
Helps baby sleep better
Improves digestion and blood circulation
Reduces incidence of SIDS
And many more...
To Register, fill out a registration form or call (715) 421-8911.
Training Available: The ABC's of Behavior in Early Childhood
Understand what children are communicating
through their behaviors and how to effectively work through those challenging moments.
FREE OF CHARGE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Tuesday, November 11
MSTC Auditorium, Wisconsin Rapids
Tuesday, November 18
Streitel Conference Center, Marshfield
To register please contact Childcaring by phone
at 715-423-4114 or 800-628-8534 or by email at: email@example.com
Child Passenger Safety Advocates Recognized
Green Bay, WI - The 40th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety was held at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI August 27 & 28, 2014. Three Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Advocates were recognized during the awards luncheon.
Each year Wisconsin Information Network for Safety recognizes an outstanding CPS Technician, CPS Instructor and CPS Program of the year that have been nominated by their peers/co-workers. The awards are in honor of Beth Kindschi of Monroe, WI who is a lead instructor and pioneer in the field of child passenger safety in Wisconsin and on a national level.
Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the number one cause of death and fatalities of children. Child Passenger Safety advocates promote the safe transportation of children by using child restraints and educating parent/caregivers on using car seats and boosters correctly.
CPS Technician of the year: Mary Waters, EMT/First Responder River Falls Ambulance Services has been a NHTSA certified Child Passenger Safety technician for 11 years. She was instrumental in developing the car seat safety program in West Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council and serves as an expert to many technicians who follow her lead.
CPS Instructor of the year: Patti Dickey (retired) Executive Director of Stevens Point Child Safety Center has been involved in Child Passenger safety for 32 years. She became a NHTSA CPS instructor in 2003 and provided over 500 car seat checks annually through the Portage County Child Passenger Safety Program and provided other safety initiatives.
CPS Program of the year: Safe Kids Wood County is a small coalition with programs and initiatives led by coalition members. Wood County developed one of the first diversion programs in the state of Wisconsin, which is collaboration with law enforcement of Wood County. Ticketed caregivers can attend a car seat checkup for education in lieu of paying a fine.
Each recipient was presented with a plaque at the luncheon.
*UPDATED* ATTENTION BOATERS
This project has been currently put on hold and the refilling of Dexter Lake has been started as of 09-11-2014. No further draw downs will occur this year.
Beginning on Tuesday, September 02, 2014, Dexter Lake will be lowered at a rate of 4 inches per day until the lake has been lowered a total of 3 feet.
The purpose of the water lowering is to enable the Department of Transportation to complete necessary repairs to the Highway 80 bridges adjacent to Dexter Lake.
During this time the boat landings may become unusable to boaters.
This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
Food Safety Class
A food safety education class is being offered on the first week day of each month in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. Interested persons must contact the Wood County Health Department prior to the class 715-421-8911.
Distinguished Public Health Employee
Congratulations to Amanda Melinski, Wood County's Distinguished Public Health Employee!
We recognize Amanda for her positive attitude, dependability, and outstanding work performance. Amanda has exceptional people skills and always displays a high standard of customer service, going above and beyond to seek out answers and resources for her clients. Her dedication, initiative and positive attitude radiates throughout the department.
The quality of work she produces is outstanding. Over the past two years, she has taken on many new tasks, welcoming new challenges and learning opportunities. She has embraced change and completed training in many areas, making her a strong asset to the teams she is a part of. As an exceptional team worker, Amanda is always willing to help others and do so with a smile. Doing all of the work she does takes extraordinary flexibility and time management skills.
We thank Amanda for her hard work and dedication as she strives to fulfill the mission and goals of the department. It is with great pride and honor that we commend Amanda for her accomplishments.
Spray Manure Irrigation
At the July 28, 2014 Health and Human Services Committee meeting at the Wood County Annex and Health Center in Marshfield, Nancy Eggleston, Environmental Health Supervisor gave a presentation on spray manure irrigation. The intent of the presentation was to provide Committee members with information about this agricultural practice-- what spray manure irrigation looks like, advantages and disadvantages, risk reduction methods, regulations, public concerns, and the State and local Health Department roles. To view this presentation, please see the link provided.
Housing Repair Loans
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan? If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:
• Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
• Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.
Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.
For more information and application materials contact:
Central Wisconsin Housing Region
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.
As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.
NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK • APRIL 7–13, 2014
National Public Health Week 2014: Overview
Since 1995, communities from across the country have participated in National Public Health Week. Every April, we come together to celebrate public health and renew our commitment to promoting a healthier nation using a unique theme to center the conversation. NPHW 2014 will focus on ways to guide the community through the evolving public health system with the theme: “Public Health: Start Here.”
As we invite communities to join NPHW 2014, let’s work to help them understand how public health affects their lives and offer guidance on how to navigate the changing system. Whether it’s through research, data collection, health education, policy change or direct services, public health lays the foundation and creates the conditions
that put healthy choices within reach. Let’s help our communities figure out where to start and how to access the variety of options made possible by public health.
A recent change that will impact the public health system is the enactment of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Taking two U.S. health systems — public health and health care — and bringing them into each other’s world, the ACA envisions more collaboration between the health workforces to save lives and money. The ACA signals a shift in our nation’s health system from one that focuses on treatment of the sick to one that is committed to proactively keeping people and communities healthy and safe. Included in the historic law are comprehensive prevention provisions consistent with those called for by APHA in its health reform agenda and supported by other leading experts in population health.
National Public Health Week 2014 will fall at a critical time in the ACA process — just after the first Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period ends on March 31, 2014. This will be an important opportunity to rally stakeholders and members of our communities together around the value of public health. We need you to participate, and to remind your communities that public health professionals can help them navigate these changing times.
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets.
-It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds.
-In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others.
-Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.
Community Health Improvement Planning Process
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital and Riverview Medical Center, is in the process of completing a Community Health Improvement Plan.
This process includes examining local county health data, identify local priority health areas, and identify community assets and resources.
Once our local priorities have been selected, community members will be asked to join implementation teams to assist in developing goals and objectives around these identified local health priority areas.
They will identify and develop evidenced-based strategies for the local health priorities, promote and implement these strategies, and evaluate the success of the strategies. Resources will be identified to mobilize the community to improve the health of Wood County residents.
We would like you to identify the Health Focus Areas that should be the priorities for the community for the next few years.
Considering the information (data) available on the Wood County Health Department website, the typed discussion points made by the Community Assessment Team, as well as your personal experience and insight, please complete the following survey.