Wood County Health Department

Sue Kunferman, Director
Sue Kunferman, Director
Wood County Health Department
Wisconsin Rapids Location
Wood County Health Department (Map)
Riverview Clinic Building - 4th floor
420 Dewey St
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri
Phone: (715) 421-8911
Fax: (715) 421-8962

Wood County Health Department
Marshfield Location
Wood County Annex & Health Center (Map)

1600 N Chestnut Ave
Hours: Clinics by appointment only, please call.
Phone: (715) 387-8646

If you need to report a communicable
disease or public health emergency
after hours, please contact the
Wood County Dispatch Center at
(715) 421-8700.

Current Events

Paper Tigers Movie
Posted 2/9/2016 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and the Wood County Health Department are proud to announce FREE showings of a powerful documentary, Paper Tigers.
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the  McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
  • Friday, February 26, 2016 at 9:30 am at the Nekoosa High School Auditorium (limited seats available for this showing, please email Megan Larson, mlarson@co.wood.wi.us, to save your seat)

Paper Tigers highlights research related to The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study; which demonstrates how trauma impacts development and increases issues related to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, physical health, and early death. The documentary focuses on one school’s radical solution to the problem and how it impacted the students. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of trauma-informed educational strategies and is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving: that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person’s life.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services and Wood County Health department are partnering together for two showings in Wood County because many children served in our schools, clinics, hospital and community based settings have experienced ACES which directly impacts their health; ability to learn; overall well-being and impacts our community’s health.

Please join us for the documentary so we can continue to find effective ways to meet the needs of our community.

Community Resources
Posted 2/5/2016 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Behavioral (Mental) Health Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental health) concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.

Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse. The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.
Mental Health Service Provider Breakfast
Posted 2/5/2016 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Many communities are in the process of partnering to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions. These collaborations have been termed mental health integration projects. There are many different mental health integration models being used throughout the country.

The Wood County Health Department and Healthy People Wood County Mental Health and Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Coalitions brought together Mental Health Service Providers from around Wood County to take part in this presentation about three different mental health integration projects currently in Wisconsin.

To view this presentation (recorded by River Cities Community Access - RCCA) or download the handouts provided at this event, please follow the links provided below.
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Posted 12/23/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign
Posted 11/25/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a new social host ordinance. Adults allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property could be fined a minimum $1,000 and a maximum $5,000.
Students and teachers from the Wisconsin Rapids area, City of Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and RCCA Media partnered together to make this Public Service Announcement video.
Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment
Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.
Preeclampsia Awareness
Posted 4/8/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
Casie, a Wood County mother, wants to help others by making her story known. She has helped in the development of this one page document to be used with other pregnant mothers. The goal of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review team is to spread this widely to raise Preeclampsia awareness.
Food Safety Class
Posted 8/20/2014 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
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.
Community Health Improvement Planning Process
Posted 5/4/2012 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
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.
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