Discover how we are making our community healthier.

Chippewa Valley improves health food access in convenience stores

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Eau Claire Healthy Communities, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership and Eat Well Dunn County, in collaboration with other local and state partners, today announced a partnership with FNV, the brand for fruits and veggies. Together, FNV and local partners are on a mission to get Chippewa Valley residents eating more fruits and veggies.

For more information, contact: Laura Baalrud Community Health Educator HSHS St. Joseph's /Sacred Heart Hospital 3D Community Health: Body.Mind.Spirit 715/717-7479 Laura.Baalrud@hshs.org

 

Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership’s Voices In Prevention Action team works to combat Opioid Abuse

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Through a grant from the Alliance for WI Youth. Voices In Prevention team members are distributing drug deactivation units and drug lock boxes throughout Chippewa County. The purpose for the prescription drug deactivation units is to conveniently, safely and responsibly dispose of unused and expired medications in order to reduce the potential for diversion. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers may be some of the most abused and addicting medications available, but that doesn't mean they are the most dangerous. Any prescription drug in your home, whether it is meant to treat pain, high blood pressure, or even arthritis, can be dangerous. If that drug was misused, accidentally ingested by a small child, or used by an experimenting teenager to get high, the results could be poisoning, injury, or even death. Locking up prescription medications can keep them out of the hands of small children or teens, and reduce the risk of poisoning or prescription drug abuse.

For more information, contact: Laura Baalrud Community Health Educator HSHS St. Joseph's /Sacred Heart Hospital 3D Community Health: Body.Mind.Spirit 715/717-7479 Laura.Baalrud@hshs.org

 

Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership Surveys County Youth

Saturday, February 10, 2018

In 2017, all seven Chippewa County school districts came together to create a risk behavior survey for middle and high school students. Information from the survey provided schools and other interested county agencies with data about the prevalence and age of initiation of various health risk behaviors such as tobacco use, physical activity, eating habits, alcohol and drug use and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.

The survey provided each school district data to enable them to influence societal norms and perceptions, show need for funding and capture the need for and monitor the impact of prevention programs for school aged children.

The survey project, which was initiated by Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership, relates to the mission of the coalition "to serve as a catalyst of the enhancement of community health and quality of life through educational and prevention initiatives."

Participating school districts included: New Auburn, Bloomer, Cornell, Lake Holcombe, Cadott,
Stanley-Boyd and Chippewa Falls.

To request a copy of the book, please contact laura.baalrud@hshs.org

 

2018 Mental Health First Aid Class Schedule

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This FREE one day class teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid offers a tailored supplement that builds upon the effectiveness of the standard Mental Health First Aid curriculum by focusing on the unique experiences and needs of specific groups. 

We currently have three modules:  youth, military/vets, and older adults. 

March 29 - Youth Mental Health First Aid
St. Joseph's Hospital

April 27 - Adult Mental Health First Aid
St. Joseph's Hospital

May 15 and May 22 (two part class) - MHFA for Older Adults
Sacred Heart Hospital

September 11 - Adult Mental Health First Aid
St. Joseph's Hospital

October 11 - Youth Mental Health First Aid
St. Joseph's Hospital

November 13 - MHFA for Military, Veterans and their Families
Sacred Heart Hospital

To register for these dates, or to book your group for a class, contact: laura.baalrud@hshs.org.