Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Health Matters 02/07/18

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: The public is invited to community conversations this month to help prioritize health concerns facing Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.

These meetings by the Community Health Assessment Partnership are a followup to a survey completed in fall 2017 by more than 3,400 Chippewa and Eau Claire county residents. At the community conversations, survey results will be presented, and attendees will be asked to help select priority focus areas.

“We had a great response to our survey, and we’re excited to share the results with community members and get feedback in prioritizing our action plans,” said Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil, community health assessment project manager.

The community conversations are free and include light refreshments and prize drawings. Residents can attend a location most convenient to them. Presentations will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.:

• Monday, Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St., Chippewa Falls.

• Monday, Feb. 19, Augusta Senior & Community Center, 616 W. Washington St.

• Wednesday, Feb. 21, Cornell High School, 708 Bridge St.

• Thursday, Feb. 22, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, 400 Eau Claire St.

“Bettering the health of our communities takes the efforts of many,” says Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Department director. “This opportunity to meet with community members throughout our area is extremely valuable in prioritizing our commitment to improving the health and wellness of our citizens.”

The Community Health Assessment Partnership is a collaborative venture involving municipal and county health departments, as well as local health care facilities and nonprofit organizations. Survey results indicate areas where resources should be directed to improve residents’ health and well-being. Coalition members plan to work together to address these needs, thereby reducing duplication of efforts and improving regional impact.

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HOMETOWN HEALTH GRANT: For the fourth year, Mayo Clinic Health System is pleased to offer its Hometown Health Grant program to help improve the health of communities in northwest Wisconsin. The grant application is open to nonprofit organizations in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties.

Last year, $201,000 was issued in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations.

The Hometown Health Grant program supports innovative efforts that help to prevent and reduce obesity, with an emphasis on children; reduce and help manage chronic conditions; and impact mental health and well-being. Recipients are eligible to receive up to a maximum of $25,000. Grant funding can be used to launch new projects or improve existing ones. For a complete list of application requirements, visit the Hometown Health Grant page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

“We are thrilled to invest funds into community health improvement efforts through this competitive grant process,” says Sara Carstens, community engagement and wellness director. “We’ve had the opportunity to support programs focused on creating healthier communities across northwest Wisconsin. We look forward to building additional partnerships that make a lasting impact.”

To apply, submit a letter of intent by 4 p.m. Friday, March 2. Mayo Clinic Health System will conduct a review and invite those selected to complete a formal application.

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ALTOONA URGENT CARE: Prevea Health will soon be providing urgent care for minor illnesses and injuries in Altoona.

Prevea Altoona Urgent Care, 3085 Meadowlark Lane, Suite 20, will open for patient care in April. Services will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. 

No appointment will be necessary, but patients can even make reservations for treatment ahead of time utilizing Prevea’s Save My Spot feature.

Common urgent care conditions include cold or flu symptoms, earaches, sprains, minor fractures, cuts, infections and asthma. Lab and X-ray services also will be available at Prevea Altoona Urgent Care.

An open house is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. For more information, go to prevea.com/​altoona.

Prevea Health, a multi-specialty health care organization based in Green Bay, has been a part of western Wisconsin since 2015. It has health centers and primary and specialty care services in Arcadia, Augusta, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Eau Claire, Ladysmith, Menomonie and Mondovi and soon in Rice Lake. It also is a partner of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

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PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY: If your child suffers from congenital or acquired heart disease, he or she can now receive specialized care closer to home.

Gundersen Health System’s board-certified pediatric cardiologists Susan MacLellan-Tobert and Christen Chamberland are now seeing patients at Oakleaf Clinic, 3802 W. Oakwood Mall Drive.

MacLellan-Tobert and Chamberland provide consultative and follow-up appointments and echocardiography for a full range of congenital and acquired pediatric heart conditions from fetal life through adulthood.

The Gundersen pediatric cardiologists also evaluate pediatric patients with murmurs, fainting, chest pains, palpitations or irregular rhythm, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, cyanosis, family history of cardiac concerns, heart infection and other abnormal heart test results

For more information about pediatric cardiology services offered by Gundersen in Eau Claire, contact Gundersen Pediatric Specialties at (608) 775-2599.

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MIDWIFERY CARE: Prevea Health is pleased to announce it is now offering midwifery care in three locations throughout western Wisconsin — Prevea Hamilton Health Center, 703 W. Hamilton Ave.; Prevea Women’s Care at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2661 Highway I, Chippewa Falls; and the Prevea Mondovi Health Center, 250 Highway 37.

Prevea Health’s midwifery services are part of Prevea Women’s Care and provided by Annie Bailey.

As a certified nurse-midwife, Bailey provides pregnancy care as well as routine care for women of all ages and stages of life. Her services include routine women’s care, yearly physicals, counseling in health maintenance, assistance with family planning decisions, pregnancy care, labor and delivery care in hospital settings, medical care for mom after delivery, breastfeeding education and support and pre-menopause care and management options.

Appointments with Bailey can be made at any of these locations by calling 715-717-3870.

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VETERAN SERVICES RELOCATION: The Eau Claire County Veteran Services department has relocated to the Aging & Disability Resource Center. Both are in the Eau Claire County Courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave.

The ADRC and the Veteran Services department remain their own departments, but co-location allows for more efficient and streamlined services for veterans who also might need to access ADRC services and vice versa. 

From staff reports

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