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February 17, 2019

1/28/2019 10:50:00 AM
Iowa County as bronze level #WIHealthyCommunity
Iowa County has worked long and hard to improve health resources in the local community.
For that effort, Iowa County has earned a prestigious recognition.
Iowa County is being acknowledged as a bronze level Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation, funded by the the Wisconsin Partnership Program of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. It is one of 31 communities to receive this honor through three tiered levels: gold, silver, and bronze.
According to the Wisconsin Healthy Community website, "in order to earn a designation, communities must demonstrate that they are following the guiding principles." The guiding principles come from criteria by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize, although criteria has been adjusted to adhere more specifically to the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation.
To meet the criteria a community must show diverse support from multiple community stakeholders, identify and discuss community needs and resources, and institute initiatives to back these resources.
Upland Hills Health, The City of Dodgeville, The Community Connections Free Clinic, Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, and the Iowa County Public Health Department have all helped to provide support in creating initiatives for promoting optimal health.
Three programs that have exhibited these initiatives include: Upland Hills Health Cancer Empowerment Program, Upland Hills Health Stop the Bleed Campaign and Upland Hills Health School Nutrition Education Program.
Laura Isaacson, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Upland Hills Health, said that the application was submitted back in May, and word that Iowa County received this recognition was given a few months later.
"I was extremely excited when I received the email," Isaacson said. "I know we're doing a lot of good work to promote health in Iowa County."
The award was received in September of 2018, and will extend from 2019-2021. Iowa County will have the opportunity to reapply.
"This gives a good start to continue in implementing initiatives for good health in Iowa County," Isaacson said. "I do think this is something that we can be proud of."
More information on the Wisconsin Healthy Communities connection can be found by contacting Laura at Upland Hills Health at (608) 930-7200 ext. 3750.

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