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February 14, 2018

The March Issue of RWHC Eye On Health is now available and Includes:

  • Celebrating Rural Hospitals
  • Rebuilding Rural Infrastructure
  • Think Beyond the Sound Bite
  • Healthcare’s Invisible Workforce
  • Turning Students on to Health Careers
  • Leadership Insights: “Receiving Feedback”
  • 26th Annual $2,500 Monato Essay Prize
  • We Need Rural Health Leaders
  • Upcoming RWHC Leadership Programs
  • Eye On Health Cartoons

Thanks for your ongoing support for rural health!

  • Rural Telemedicine: “Haves” or “Have Nots”?
  • “Telehealth: An Update on the Evidence”
  • Behavioral Telehealth at RWHC
  • Suicide & Lack of Mental Health Services 
  • Leadership Insights: “Gen X-Forgotten Again”
  • 26th Annual $2,500 Monato Essay Prize
  • Help Grow Next Generation of Rural Health Leaders
  • Upcoming RWHC Leadership Programs
  • Eye On Health Cartoons
  • Rural Telemedicine: “Haves” or “Have Nots”?
  • “Telehealth: An Update on the Evidence”
  • Behavioral Telehealth at RWHC
  • Suicide & Lack of Mental Health Services 
  • Leadership Insights: “Gen X-Forgotten Again”
  • 26th Annual $2,500 Monato Essay Prize
  • Help Grow Next Generation of Rural Health Leaders
  • Upcoming RWHC Leadership Programs
  • Eye On Health Cartoons

  • February 5, 2018

    RWHC Commentary: "Celebrating Rural Hospitals, the 20th Anniversary of Critical Access"

    by Tim Size, RWHC Executive Director for the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute on February 6th, 2018.

    January 22, 2018
    The January 2018 Issue of Leadership Insights Newsletter, Issue 92, Leaders Lists, by Jo Anne Preston, Workforce & Organizational Development Sr. Mgr., is available online: Click here.

    January 10, 2018

    RWHC Partners with Where Is Care to Increase Access in Rural Communities

    Similarities among Where Is Care and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) has prompted RWHC to join the growing network of Where Is Care partners. Executive Director of RWHC, Tim Size, expands on why this newfound partnership will benefit the rural Wisconsin community.

    November 29, 2017

    RWHC partnered with a group called the Student & Leaders Network (SLN) to create two live streaming/recorded career programs for Wisconsin high school and jr. high students to promote rural pharmacy practice and men in nursing. The programs highlighted the stories of two RWHC partners, sharing guidance for students, teachers and parents about important facets of these careers and helping young people see into the daily lives of pharmacy and nursing work.

    Pharmacy featured Cindy Kissack, Director of Pharmacy at St. Clare’s Hospital in Baraboo and RWHC Pharmacy Roundtable member: Pharmacist: More Than Just Counting Pills

    Men in Nursing featured Jeremiah Galvan, RN, Clinical Manager of Critical Care, Gundersen Health System and member of RWHC Men in Nursing Roundtable. Being A Nurse: Caring Beyond the Bedside

    These programs, along with many other career programs that reach over 140,000 Wisconsin students each year are available at http://www.studentcareerinfo.com/ SLN, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serves as a bridge to identify and involve Wisconsin experts and leaders with the Wisconsin educational system by providing live, interactive web conferencing and digitally stored video discussions on topics that provide information and insight on careers and life challenges for students, educators and parents. The program is free to schools.

    November 7, 2017
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed Thursday, November 16, 2017 as Rural Health Day, an opportunity to showcase rural Wisconsin; increases awareness of rural health-related issues; and promotes efforts addressing those issues. Read news release from Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.

    September 11, 2017

    25th RWHC Rural Essay Prize Winner Announced–This year’s Hermes Monato Rural Health Essay Prize for $2,500 has been awarded to Ian Jasso, a senior studying Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison or his essay, “Mish ko Swen: To Be Strong and Healthy” available at http://ow.ly/MWrI30eYKbN 

    August 9, 2017

    Wisconsin Partners

    Seeks a Community Builder (.5 FTE)

    Organization DescriptionWisconsin Partners is a statewide “association of associations” whose goal is to be an effective community building network. Info at http://ow.ly/9hVZ30ei0s9

    Position Description–This individual will use strategic community building and organizing techniques to engage stakeholders in community and neighborhood improvement in two geographical regions of the state: Fox Valley/Green Bay corridor; and Southcentral/Southwest corridor. The incumbent will also support the efforts of the statewide organization’s development.

    See the complete description at http://ow.ly/6zZf30ei29D

    Salary and Benefits–The Community Builder will be employed by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) and contracted to work for Wisconsin Partners. It is anticipated that the Community Builder will spend much of their time meeting with community partners, and will find it most convenient to work remotely/out of his or her home, however, an office space and support is offered by RWHC in Sauk City. 

    Contact Information–Please send cover letter and resume to wisconsinpartners@gmail.com by 9/1/2017.

    August 2, 2017

    Quarles & Brady / RWHC Community Engagement Award Winners

    We had such amazing applications for the Community Engagement award this year - our selection committee had a tough time coming to consensus! Thank you so much to all who applied and a big huge congratulations to Sauk Prairie Healthcare for winning the top prize ($2500) and to Edgerton Hospital and Health Services for winning second place ($500). The very worthy programs for each hospital are described below. 

    Sauk Prairie Healthcare was recognized for "Project SEARCH" (PS), a partnership between Sauk Prairie Healthcare, area school districts—including the Sauk Prairie, Lodi, and Baraboo school districts—local businesses, and local agencies to provide internship experiences for students ages 18 to 21 with significant disabilities. Each program lasts one year and offers three internship rotations to learn skills that can lead to employment. Now in its second year, nearly all of the interns have employment commitments.

    Edgerton Hospital & Health Services has been working to combat childhood obesity and encourage activity among its young residents. In addition to implementing a Fitbit program at the middle school, the hospital established a "Fitness Zone" in the local elementary schools. The Fitness Zone allows hospital staff to attend recesses and coordinate activities to get kids moving. While the program has been successful, a lack of funding makes it difficult to expand. The hospital plans to enhance the program by using its award money to purchase equipment, which will enable more children to participate.

    Thanks again to everyone who applied - your programs are inspiring!

    Sarah Coyne, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

    August 1, 2017

    Rural Health Leadership Radio: A Conversation with Tim Size

    "Rural Health Leadership Radio™ (RHLR) is the very first radio show of its kind!  RHLR is a weekly podcast featuring leaders working in rural health; leaders of hospitals, clinics, networks, companies and communities."

    “If there was ever a need for strong leadership, that time is now.  RHLR’s mission is to provide a forum to have conversations with rural health leaders to discuss and share ideas about what is working, what is not working, lessons learned, success stories, strategies, things to avoid and anything else you want to talk and hear about.  RHLR provides a forum that is absolutely free to anyone who wants to tune in and listen.  RHLR provides a voice for rural health.  The only investment is your time, and our goal is to make sure you receive a huge return on your investment.”

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