Marshfield Clinic Health System: Stipends awarded to Wisconsin organizations

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan have announced recipients of Youth E-Cigarette (Vaping) Prevention stipends.

Awardees include a broad cross-section of organizations including human service agencies, law enforcement, public health departments and educational institutions. Project areas cover community awareness events, coordination with state policy initiatives, curriculum development and implementation of youth-led action plans to address e-cigarette use in school.

Stakes surrounding this health issue appear to be rising since Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) issued a cautionary advisory about e-cigarette use in January. Last week, DHS identified eight cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents being investigated for potential connections to e-cigarette use. All patients reported vaping in the weeks and months prior to hospital admission.

“Our Health System and Security Health Plan have grown increasingly concerned about health implications of e-cigarette use among our youth,” said Jay Shrader, the Health System’s vice president of Community Health and Wellness. “Discussions with our community and state agency partners motivated us to mobilize and extend these resources to address this concern now. Recent events highlight the sense of urgency we all share.”

The Health System and Security Health Plan are collaborating with the following in efforts to address this challenge:

  • Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Eau Claire
  • Antigo High School, Antigo
  • AODA Community Coalition of Douglas County, Superior
  • Arbor Place – Dunn County, Menomonie
  • Arbor Place – River Falls
  • Barron County Community Coalition, Barron
  • Buffalo County Partnership Coalition, Alma
  • Chippewa County Dept. of Public Health, Chippewa Falls
  • Chippewa Falls Unified School District, Chippewa Falls
  • Community Alliance for Prevention, Shell Lake
  • Eau Claire Area School District, Eau Claire
  • Eau Claire Collaboration (Fire, Police and Sheriff’s Departments), Eau Claire
  • Eau Claire Healthy Communities, Eau Claire
  • Florence County Health Department, Florence
  • Forest County Health Department, Crandon
  • Giwii-minobimaadizimin Prevention Coalition, Hayward
  • Granton Area School District, Granton
  • Iron County Health Department, Hurley
  • Jackson County Public Health, Black River Falls
  • Healthier Community Action Team, Lac du Flambeau
  • Langlade County Health Department, Antigo
  • Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids
  • MINOBIMAADIZIIWIN, Lac du Flambeau
  • Mole Lake Coalition, Crandon
  • Monroe County Safe Community Coalition, Sparta
  • Netaenawemakanak Coalition, Keshena
  • Oskeh Waep Coalition, Keshena
  • Pepin County Health Department, Durand
  • Price County Health and Human Services, Phillips
  • Rusk County Youth Council, Ladysmith
  • Rusk Restorative Youth Programs, Ladysmith
  • School District of Ashland, Ashland
  • School District of Maple, Maple
  • School District of White Lake, White Lake
  • Stockbridge Munsee Community Health, Bowler
  • Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners, Medford
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie
  • Vilas County Youth Coalition, Eagle River