Healthy Families, Healthy Communities Barron County

Project Overview

6th Funding Cycle Impact Award
Project Start Date: 2/1/2011
     Project End Date: 1/31/2016
     Award Amount:     $750,000

Project Goal Statement: Improve health of rural communities, families, and individuals in Barron County through collaborative partnerships and interventions to increase levels of physical activity and healthy eating patterns and decrease overweight and obesity.

 Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Judy Demers, Barron County Department of Health and Human Services
Additional Community Partners:

  • 3M
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center of Barron County
  • Barron Area School District
  • Barron County
  • Barron County Faith Communities, Grocery Stores and Restaurants
  • Barron County Restorative Justice
  • Barron County Safe and Stable Families Coalition
  • Barron Electric Cooperative 
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Barron County
  • Cameron School District
  • Cumberland Healthcare
  • Cumberland School District
  • Don Johnson Auto Group
  • Healthier Cumberland Coalition
  • Healthy Lifestyles Network
  • Koser Radio Networks
  • Lakeview Medical Center
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Northwoods Coalition Northwest Region
  • Rice Lake Area School District
  • Rice Lake Chronotype
  • Rice Lake Printery
  • Sweet Additions Ingredient Processors
  • THRIVE Barron County
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Rice Lake
 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Jane Morley Kotchen, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine
Additional Academic Partner: Thomas Chelius, MS, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary February 2011 - September 2011
Project Progress Report Summary October 2011 - September 2012
Project Progress Report Summary October 2012 - September 2013
Project Progress Report Summary October 2013 - September 2014

 Affiliated Web Pages:

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Barron County
Barron County Department of Health and Human Services
Boys and Girls Clubs of Barron County
Lakeview Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Health System-Luther Midelfort Northland
Rice Lake Area Free Clinic
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Advertised project in local newspapers for Be Well Barron County kick-off event (September 20, 2011)
    • Promotion materials handed out at the Be Well Barron County kick-off event (September 20, 2011)
    • Developed MI Tip of the Month Flyers, electronic newsletters, press releases, brochures, recipe cards, produce cards, Physical Activity Guide, and Health Challenges and distributed through social marketing, local media, radio stations, newspapers, etc.
    • Provided a food safety and preparation class to over 60 church representatives (Jan – Sept 2012)
    • Developed and aired Worksite Wellness radio ads
    • Developed and distributed the Barron County Living Healthy in Faith Guide
    • Hosted 4th annual community-wide health challenge, the Be Well BMI challenge
    • Presented at the Boys and Girls Clubs “Girls Day”
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at HWPP conference – Johnson L and Kotchen JM. Health Improvement through Community-Academic Partnerships in a Rural Environment. 4th Community Engagement in Research (CEnR) Conference: Collaboration to Improve Rural Health. Wausau, WI. June 7, 2012.
    • Presentation at Wisconsin Public Health Nursing conference – 2012 Public Health Nursing Conference: Strengthening Public Health Nursing Community Connections. Stevens Point, WI. August 20-21, 2012.
    • Presented at the AHW Looking Back, Moving Forward Conference (May 2014)
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
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Medical College of Wisconsin
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