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

Please Join Us for a Discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Posted 5/3/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child's brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.

     When: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:00-9:30 AM

     Where: Wood County Courthouse- Auditorium
     400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494

Below are links to this events invitation, the ACE Survey, and a handout on understanding ACEs. 
May 2016 Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!!!
Posted 5/3/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Eliminate stigma and share your story of hope!
Healthy People Wood County partnered with WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) to record several Wood County stories of hope and recovery.

Go to the Rogers InHealth website link below for more information and to view video's of hope and recovery.

Like us on Facebook for more information!
Nekoosa 5K Run/Walk for Mental Health Awareness
Posted 5/3/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Saturday, May 21, 2016
    Registration: 9:00am
    Race Time: 10:00am
    Location: Goodfellas Pizza Pub: 225 1st Street, Nekoosa
    Cost: $15.00 per person  or  $40.00 per team of 4 people

Pre-register before Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to guarantee a t-shirt!
Pre-registration can be done at the following Nekoosa sites:
  • Nekoosa High School: 500 Cedar Street
  • Alexander Middle School: 540 Birch Street
  • Humke Elementary School: 500 South Section Street
See the attached flyer for more information!
Community Resources
Posted 5/3/2016 by mlarson@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.
Thank you to the schools, organizations, and agencies in Wood County who agreed to disperse this resource! There are over 35 locations distributing this "Bike Path"!!!

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.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Posted 4/28/2016 by mlarson@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 Logo
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
Posted 4/28/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
"Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.
This program encourages parents and the entire community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable."
For more information visit the Drug Free Alliance website by clicking on the link below.

The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a 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.
Congratulations to Val Elliott, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!
Posted 4/18/2016 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Val for her exceptional customer service, great attitude, and hard work. Juggling involvement in multiple teams and program areas, Val makes it all come together. Her efforts and hard work on various coalitions and projects does not go unnoticed! Helpful and flexible are traits that describe Val well. She is always willing to take on new tasks- in Environmental Health, Healthy People, Healthy Smiles and other department areas. Whatever the assignment may be, she puts forth 100% effort and completes it in a timely fashion with quality outcomes. Val believes in the Health Department’s proactive approach and has been actively involved in the strategic planning efforts among other department initiatives that align with our mission. Val consistently demonstrates kindness, dependability and strong work ethic. We appreciate Val’s dedication to public health and thank her for her hard work. It is with great pride and honor that we commend Val for a job well done.
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Posted 3/31/2016 by mlarson@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.
WI Wins Checks Logo
WI Wins - Thank you Retailers
Posted 3/31/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
The Wisconsin Wins Program is a campaign designed to decrease youth access to tobacco/nicotine products. the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition, in partnership with the Wood County Health Department, Healthy People Wood County AODA Coalition, and local law enforcement agencies, have been conducting retail compliance checks around Wood County to establish retailer compliance with the law. In Wood County a minimum of 54 'checks' will be completed in the year 2016.

Twenty-eight location around Wood County were 'checked' in March 2016.
The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition and the Wood County Health Department would like to thank the following Wood County retailers for complying with the law and not selling tobacco/nicotine products to youth under 18 years of age.
  • Bakerville Sports Bar - 10631 County Road B, Marshfield
  • Baltus Bread & Butter - 1000 North Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Baltus Bread & Butter - 1502 South Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Baums Mercantile - 5307 2nd Avenue, Pittsville
  • Bell's General Store - 8426 County Road V, Marshfield
  • Book World - 414 South Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Cenex Gas Station - 8315 State Highway 13, Pittsville
  • Central City Vapors - 817 South Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Draxler's Service Inc. - 11079 Main Street, Hewitt
  • Festival Foods - 1613 North Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Holiday Gas Station - 10492 South Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Kizzy & Sue's - 5788 Main Street, Auburndale
  • Kwik Trip - 101 North Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Lakeside Oasis LLC - 3738 Highway 80, Pittsville
  • Mobil Gas Station - 539 South Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Phillips 66 - 421 State Highway 73, Port Edwards
  • The Store - 6018 Main Street, Auburndale
  • The Store - 1304 South Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Tobacco Outlet Plus - 121 West Upham Street, Marshfield
  • Walgreen's Drug Store - 1012 North Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Weiler Enterprises - 600 North Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Weiler Enterprises - 2005 North Central Avenue, Marshfield
  • Weiler Enterprises - 2401 East 4th Street, Marshfield
  • Winch Oil - 6564 Cameron Avenue, Vesper
Exclusion from this list does not imply the sale of tobacco/nicotine products to minors.

When our community works together to keep tobacco and other nicotine products out of the hands of youth, everyone wins!
Thank you!!!
Mental Health Service Provider Breakfast
Posted 3/2/2016 by mlarson@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 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.
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