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National Women’s Health Week – May 8 – 14, 2016

Wisconsin Well Woman Program Provides Qualified Women with Free Cancer Screenings

National Women’s Health Week is to empower women to make their health a priority. In our area, Oneida County Health Department provides case management for women enrolled in the Wisconsin Well Woman Program for nine counties: Oneida, Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Vilas.

The Well Woman Program provides certain breast and cervical cancer screening services (mammograms, Pap tests, etc.) at no cost to uninsured or underinsured women, ages 45-64 that meet income guidelines. There is no premium, co-payment, or deductible for the Well Woman Program. Covered services are available from participating health care providers when enrolled in the program.   

 To improve physical and mental health, women can:

  • Visit their health care provider for a well check and complete preventive screenings.
  • Get active, with 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week or as advised by their healthcare provider.
  • Eat healthy, focusing on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet. 

Women interested in applying for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, can contact the Northern Regional Coordinator, Nichole Peplinski RN, BSN via phone at 715-369-6119 or via email at

To participate in National Women’s Health Week, women can visit  and take the National Women’s Health Week pledge to join women, of every age and across the country, challenging themselves to be healthy.

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 May is Mental Health Month

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31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health - check it out at

 Zika virus

The Zika virus has been in the news due to the first person being confirmed ill in Brazil in May 2015.  It is now being seen in the US due to travelers. There isn't any known spread of the Zika virus due to mosquitos in the continental United States.

The virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms or signs of Zika virus disease are:

  • Fever,
  • Rash,
  • Joint pain, and
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes).

The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease that requires being in the hospital is not common.

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"If You See Something, Say Something™"

"If You See Something, Say Something™" is a national campaign to prevent crimes of terrorism.  Not only does the campaign raise awareness on possible crimes related to terrorism, it stresses the importance of reporting suspicious activites to law enforcement.

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe.  To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe with as many details as you can what you saw and include:

  • Who or what you saw;
  • When you saw it;
  • Where it occurred; and
  • Why it's suspicious.

If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.  For more information on the campaign visit:

Ebola Information

For up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Ebola, click here.

Source: CDC