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Northeast Wisconsin healthcare news & headlines: Feb. 13, 2023 Issue

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February 9, 2023

Mental health services for students expanded at UWO
OSHKOSH – The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) has increased its free around-the-clock mental health resources to students through the “YOU at UWO” digital platform.

Leah Folks, interim director of the UW-Oshkosh Counseling Center, said the YOU website provides students with services through Mantra Health, based in New York City, which works with higher education institutions and health plans to provide teletherapy, telepsychiatry, crisis care and emotional well-being courses to students.

“We know mental health needs continue to rise for our students and timely access to quality services is vital,” she said. “Our Counseling Center consistently serves a higher percentage of students in comparison to both state and national averages.”

Folks said when accessible options are available, more students are likely to connect with the support they need.

“Mantra Health will fit well with student schedules that require evening or weekend appointments,” she said.

The services are part of a $5 million UW System initiative supported by funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

State Health Improvement Plan released by DHS
WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently released its 2023-27 State Health Improvement Plan.

In the plan, the DHS introduces what it calls three foundational shifts in the way the state does the work of public health – including institutional and systemic fairness, representation and access to decision making and community-centered resources and services.

It also names five health priorities for Wisconsinites, which include:
Social and community conditions include economic well-being, supportive systems of dependent care and healthy housing.Physical, mental and systemic safety.Person- and community-centered health care.Social connectedness and belonging.Mental and emotional health and well-being.
“We heard from Wisconsinites across the state that investments, collaboration and action are needed to improve a community’s ability to be well,” State Health Officer Paula Tran said. “Based on this input, we recognize our public health system must support efforts to improve social and community conditions, environments and systems to improve health for everyone in Wisconsin.”

According to the DHS, the plan was developed with input from local and tribal health departments, state agencies, health care organizations, community-based organizations and individuals.

A detailed implementation plan is expected to be announced in the future.

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Other healthcare news:
?With February being American Heart Health Month, nursing students from Bellin College in Green Bay are partnering with the Greater Green Bay YMCA to support heart-healthy activities, including blood pressure screenings.

Bellin College also recently started using its new science labs at its Mike Van Asten Campus at 2620 Development Drive in Green Bay.
The Marinette Bellin Urgent Care, 2820 Roosevelt Road, announced a change in hours beginning this month.

Services are now available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Previously, the Urgent Care closed on weekends at 4 p.m.

For information, call (715) 735-5225.
Downtown Auto Service, located at 434 E. Walnut St. in Green Bay, raised $250 for Foundations Health & Wholeness in Green Bay, which was raised through the sales of its Downtown Auto Service’s special coffee blend.

The fundraiser supported Foundations’ work, which includes mental health and addiction care, foster care and youth services.
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