Impacting Positive Youth Development in Rusk County Through Prevention and Intervention

Project Overview

8th Funding Cycle Development Award
     Project Start Date:   1/1/2013
     Project End Date: 12/31/2014
     Award Amount:       $200,000

Project Goal Statement: This project explores the feasibility of developing: 1) a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention program, and 2) intervention strategies to address Rusk County youth behavioral health and substance use issues.

 Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Nancy Kraft, PhD, Indianhead Community Action Agency
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Rusk County Community Connections
  • Rusk County Health & Human Services (Children & Family Services)
  • Rusk County Health & Human Services (Public Health)
  • Rusk County Youth Council
  • Rusk Restorative Youth Programs
 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Sadhana Dharmapuri, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Gayathri Chelvakumar, MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Jennifer Schroeder, Department of Pediatrics
 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2013 - 8/31/2013
Project Progress Report Summary 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

     Indianhead Community Action Agency
     Rusk County Community Connections
     Rusk County Health & Human Services (Children & Family Services)
     Rusk County Health & Human Services (Public Health)
     Rusk County Youth Council

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Article about Teen Intervene and the HWPP project in the local Ladysmith newspaper
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Conducted community marketing at the annual Home and Garden Show in Ladysmith
    • Conducted QPR (Question, Persuade, Respond) trainings with Flambeau School District staff and Fresh Start staff
    • Developed flyer defining mental health
    • Conducted QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings for community members
    • Participated in the annual Safety and Wellness Fair in Ladysmith
    • Presented to local school boards and civic organizations
    • Developed press releases on mental health
    • Sponsored event for the Ladysmith Winter Magic festival – Winter Fest
    • Discussed mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) among youth on Talkline on WJBT, a live broadcast radio show in Ladysmith
    • Developed press releases on youth AODA and mental health
    • Published bi-weekly ads in the Ladysmith newspaper
  • Presentations
    • Poster presentation at the AHW Looking Back, Moving Forward Conference (May 2014)
    • Presented at the Poverty Matters! Conference
    • Presented at the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E:

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