WONDERLAND ON THE RIVER: The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will host the ninth annual Wonderland on the River fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lake Wissota Golf & Events, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls.
The fundraiser will feature a luncheon, raffles and fashion show. Proceeds from this year’s event will support ongoing hospital projects.
Wonderland on the River will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a tour of themed tables uniquely decorated by local designers. The luncheon and fashion show begin at 11 a.m. Raffles for prizes also will be sold at the event.
Tickets are $45 each and are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through the hospital’s Volunteer Services office.
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FLU SHOT CLINIC: Flu season is here again, which means it is time to get your annual flu shot. It is your best defense to protect both you and those around you from the flu, according to public health officials at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.
Through the assistance of a grant, students under 19 years will be able to get a flu shot at no cost if they attend one of the Health Department’s school-based flu vaccination clinics. In addition, adults can receive flu shots for $44 (cash or check only).
Medicare and/or Medicare Advantage Plans will be accepted as payment, but people must show cards. Limited adult Medicaid plans will be accepted.
All students and adults are welcome to attend any of the upcoming clinics:
• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Fairchild Senior Apartments, 340 Front St.
Flu shots also are available by appointment at the Health Department; call 715-839-4718 to make an appointment.
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AUDIOLOGY CARE: Prevea Health now offers audiology care at the Prevea Mondovi Health Center, 250 Highway 37, Mondovi.
Care is provided by Shawna Lee, who specializes in the following services:
• Thorough hearing and balance testing.
• Real-ear hearing aid fittings.
• Affordable hearing aid options.
• Prompt appointments for hearing aid troubleshooting or minor repairs.
• Service for any make and model of hearing aid, even if purchased elsewhere.
Appointments with Lee can be made by calling 715-717-6885. She also sees patients at Prevea Audiology at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
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GRANT RECIPIENTS: Security Health Plan of Wisconsin announces the recipients of school-based behavioral health grants for the 2018-19 school year in an effort to promote the behavioral health and well-being of young children in local communities.
Evidence shows that behavioral health is critical to many aspects of learning and development.
Early identification of behavioral health issues and accompanying intervention help students thrive both in and beyond the classroom” said Allison Machtan, manager of community benefits.
The b.e.s.t. (Behavioral Emotional Social Traits) universal screening is a tool designed to help teachers identify behavioral, emotional and social health and risk factors in school-aged children. The online screening provides a way to measure behavioral observations and assists school personnel to connect students in need with resources and support.
The screening has been used in school districts throughout Wisconsin and states across the country, with 69,000 students screened to date. Recipients of the grant will be provided with technical support, bi-annual screenings for students, training as well as consultation and support.
“Like the vision and hearing screenings Wisconsin schools have required since 2001, the b.e.s.t. screening helps educational professionals identify behavioral health and risk factors. It then offers data-based solutions when they can have the greatest impact — while students are young,” said Eric Hartwig, school psychologist, former administrator of pupil services for the Marathon County Children with Disabilities Education Board and developer of the b.e.s.t. screening.
The grant will be used in 38 school districts and 84 elementary schools throughout the state in the 2018-19 school year. More than 23,000 students will benefit from the program.
The recipients in west-central Wisconsin are:
• Arcadia Elementary School.
• Augusta school district.
• Chippewa Falls school district.
• Cumberland school district.
• Durand-Arkansaw school district.
• Lake Holcombe school district.
• Loyal Elementary School.
• Osseo-Fairchild school district.
• Owen-Withee school district.
• Regis Catholic Schools.
• Fall Creek school district.
• Turtle Lake school district
From staff reports