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A Bridge to Improve and Sustain the Health & Safety of Farm Families

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”.

We're Hiring

Seeking a part-time (20-30 hrs) Outreach Health Coordinator to make home visits to farm families in Marathon County. Must have previous healthcare experience and an agricultural understanding. Click for More Info.

The Need

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:


Services Provided

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

For more information or to make an appointment in Shawano, Waupaca, Outagamie, or Marathon 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.

A Bridge to Improve and Sustain the Health & Safety of Farm Families

100 County Road B
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715.524.1488

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