|The Rural Health Initiative Inc. is a non-profit program designed to address growing concerns regarding the health and safety issues facing today’s farm families. At the center of this program is a Rural Health professional who makes “house” calls to interested farm families to provide health screening, information, education, and referrals to area services and, most importantly, lends a trusted ear to listen and keep in confidence concerns and issues these families face today. A concept we like to call “kitchen wellness”.
More than 18 percent of Wisconsin dairy farm families have no health
insurance. Another 41 percent have high deductible plans that
provide only major medical coverage. And four out of five lack
health insurance that covers checkups and preventative care. Lack of adequate insurance coupled with self-reliant spirit among farmers
have hindered these folks from accessing much-needed health
resources. Many farm families have avoided medical treatment
for minor accidents or various chronic
conditions due to cost and perceived lack of need. Many
families as well don't seek preventative care such as blood pressure
screenings or annual physicals for themselves or their dependents
for the same reason. Here is where our health professionals can help:
The Rural Health professional can:
Help farm families understand their health risks by using a Health Risk Assessment tool.
Provide farm and home safety assessments and information.
Educate families on healthy lifestyle, including preventing heart disease, stroke, cancer, healthy meal planning, child development, smoking cessation, etc.
Do cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings.
Provide information and referrals for:
- health services in the community
- social services as counseling programs
- programs to support agricultural needs
- financial planning assistance
Webcast - Online Presentation
An online video presentation of who we are and what we do provided by the Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative (RWHC).
more information or to make an
appointment in Shawano, Waupaca, or Outagamie Counties, Call Executive Director, Rhonda Strebel.
or by email at
***Call Rhonda today (715.524.1488) to schedule free Health Risk Assessment! ***
Learn your risks from a confidential questionnaire and by having you cholesterol screened. Know your total, HDL, LDL, glucose, and triglycerides. Only takes a few minutes, it’s a fasting test so plan on a morning appointment where the RN comes to the house. Saves time and money.
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100 County Road B
Shawano, WI 54166