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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


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


QPR: Question Persuade Refer Classes for Groups

Monday, January 01, 2018

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals' 3D Community Health are host free sessions for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. The training is called "Question, Persuade, Refer" - or "QPR." Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life.

Classes are held on an ongoing basis. Groups can also request a class. 

To learn of upcoming dates, or to book your group for a class, contact: (715) 717-7479 or email