Langlade County Health Coalition tackles biggest health concerns Submitted: 01/21/2014
ANTIGO - Langlade County will train some residents to tackle its biggest health problems. The Langlade County Health Coalition, as you might guess, works towards the county's health. They were chosen to participate in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute's Community Teams Program.

In the first year of the program, a team of volunteers will be trained to come up with an action plan. "I think of this as a foundational program. Year one of three will be spent entirely foundation planning. Just like when you build your house, you need a good solid foundation. And that's how we're looking at this community collaboration," said Rob Barger, a Health Officer at Langlade County Health Department. The team will focus on the four most serious health problems in Langlade county. The health problems were chosen through a local health assessment done in June 2013. They are obesity, affordability of health care, prescription medication costs, and substance abuse. The information from the health assessment motivated some people in the community to take action. "A number of people came forward, myself included. And we knew based on that data that we needed to do something now with that data. What are we going to do with these health initiatives? How are we going to come together as a community to address these health care needs?," said Barger. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin will provide the training. The training program ends in June or July. The team's action plan will then be put into effect throughout the next two years.

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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