Community members asked to partner together to better the health of Barron County

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Community members are invited to join area health care providers to identify and explore the top health concerns in Barron County on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Barron County Government Center, 335 E. Monroe Ave., Barron. Two sessions will be offered: 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The meetings will consist of brief presentations on the progress of the three current health focus areas: alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse; mental health and chronic disease; as well as a report on the current health needs of Barron County. The report will include the results of the recent community health needs assessment survey, completed by 838 county residents.
The forum will allow participants to become more informed and will give citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns about issues. The main objective of this day is to share and brainstorm ideas for improvement of the three health focus areas for Barron County to concentrate on for the next three to five years.
“We need the help of our communities. Whether you are a doctor, a farmer, a retired person, or a student, you have important opinions and information on the health of our community” states Laura Sauve, Barron County Program Manager/Health Officer. “We are asking a wide variety of people to attend.”
The Barron County Health Department has joined forces with other Barron County healthcare providers to collect data for the 2018 health needs assessment. The health assessment creates a community-wide health improvement plan based on data such as illness, injury and death rates, community opinions and community resources. Amery Regional Medical Center, Barron County Aging & Disability Resource Center, Cumberland Healthcare, Mayo Clinic Health System, and Marshfield Clinic Health System, have been actively working together with Barron County Public Health to plan the project. Public health departments and non-profit hospitals in every county, throughout the country, are required to complete health improvement plans every three to five years using community input.
“We are very fortunate and excited to be partnering with the health care providers in Barron County,” Sauve states. “This partnership has already created some great collaboration. We are now looking to our community members for some in-depth discussion on what our county needs to concentrate on going forward.”
If you are interested in being a part of this county-wide project please plan on attending the community meetings on Sept. 26. A light meal is included and reservations are appreciated.  Please register by email at:  or call (715) 537-5691 ext. 6442.



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