We enrich lives by addressing health priorities in our communities.
Our Center for Community Health Advancement (CCHA) team of health educators, community health experts and volunteers at Marshfield Clinic Health System works with hundreds of community partners including coalitions, businesses, schools, county programs and many others to address specific health needs of the communities we serve. We do this by continuously assessing our communities’ needs, identifying gaps, developing and implementing evidence based or promising practice programs, and evaluating the effectiveness of those interventions.
View our 2019 Community Health and Wellness report
AmeriCorps, a federal program often referred to as a domestic Peace Corps, provides a number of benefits to both individuals and community agencies working to improve community health. Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) AmeriCorps provides work experience, a living stipend, and other benefits to individuals, while providing organizations with additional staff capacity to work on important health improvement programs.
Behavioral, Emotional, Social, Traits (b.e.s.t.)
Behavioral, Emotional, Social, Traits (b.e.s.t) is a screening tool that brings behavioral health care directly into schools. Teachers screen each student for b.e.s.t. After screening, follow-up is provided to the teacher to help analyze behavior patterns, reinforce positive behavior in the classroom and school-wide, and determine next steps for students needing extra support.
We implement multiple programs to bring behavioral health resources where they are needed most. Many communities in our service area have identified behavioral and mental health as a top priority. Our programs bring education and awareness efforts directly into the communities to support mental wellness for all.
We are working to improve access to healthy food, promote physical activity, and prevent and reduce tobacco/nicotine use, all of which contribute to a higher risk of chronic disease and improve quality of life. A chronic disease is a long-lasting health condition or one that develops over time, such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Community Connections Team
Our health care providers and staff know your health is affected by your community more than by the care you receive within the clinic walls. Patients are screened during health care visits to identify areas of need, such as food, transportation, clothing and utilities. Our Community Connections Team (CCT) enlists volunteers to connect patients with local resources to meet their needs and helps individuals improve their health and quality of life.
We are committed to enriching lives by helping individuals and communities achieve their best health. Since 2012, CCHA, in collaboration with Security Health Plan, has offered community health grants and stipends supporting local initiatives, program and processes that address community health needs.
This coalition is a collection of community coalitions dedicated to substance use prevention. It provides support through funding, training and advocacy to the county and tribal nation coalitions in Marshfield Clinic Health System’s service area. Working with the community coalitions, Northwoods Coalition makes a larger collective impact to reduce substance use and create strong, healthier communities.
Wisconsin Afterschool Network
Our Center for Community Health Advancement team supports the Wisconsin Afterschool Network through advocacy and professional development for childcare providers. The Network’s goal is to ensure all children in our state have the opportunity to attend high-quality afterschool and out-of-school programs year-round. These programs provide opportunities and interventions for at-risk youth.
We offer a comprehensive afterschool program for Marshfield area youth ages 8-18 who are referred to our Youth Net program. Staff collaborate with parents, teachers and health care providers to set individualized goals for each student, which focus on helping them succeed in school, learn social and emotional skills, and live a healthy, active life.