Each year, Partners of WHA selects one health issue to focus attention on.  Our CHE focus for

2019 will be “Not All Wounds Are Visible - a Journey For Mental Health”.

See the 2018 Annual CHE Report here.

Here is the mental health presentation from Spring Tour.

Our 2018 focus has been Drugs End Dreams.  This comes in the wake of Wisconsin’s recognition that the state’s opioid epidemic is a public health crisis.  WHA has stated its support for efforts in the state to deal with this epidemic.  A task force was established by Governor Walker to address the crisis.  Representative John Nygren has introduced legislative bills since 2014 in efforts to combat the state’s opiate and heroin epidemic.  Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel launched the campaign “Doses of Reality” in 2015 to fight against prescription drug abuse.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has resources about opioids here

Study: Dental painkillers may put young people at risk of opioid addiction

Dentists who prescribe opioid painkillers such as OxyContin to teenagers and young adults after pulling their wisdom teeth may be putting their patients at risk of addiction, a new study finds. (Toby Talbot/AP)


By Ronnie Cohen

December 3 at 11:00 AM

Dentists who prescribe opioid painkillers to teenagers and young adults after pulling their wisdom teeth may be putting their patients at risk of addiction, a new study finds.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine Monday, shines a light on the largely overlooked role dental prescriptions play in an epidemic of addiction that has swept the United States, leading to a record 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017.

“Given the gravity of the opioid epidemic, the degree of persistent use and abuse we observed in adolescents and young adults, especially females, is alarming,” said researcher Alan Schroeder, a pediatrician and professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. “Our findings should trigger heightened scrutiny over the frequency of prescribing dental opioids.”

The above documents provide more information about the opioid issues.  They are provided as Word documents.  If you cannot open them, please contact Peg Larson for a pdf version.

In addition, we provide this link to a video about a young man from DeForest, WI who lost his battle, started by a prescription for opioids given in high school.

Annual CHE Reports: The 2018 Local Community Health Education Report (found on the Forms page) should be completed and given to the Local President. Three copies are sent to the District Chair who will forward the Local CHE Reports to the District CHE Chair. This procedure was discussed and clarified at the Spring Partners Board Meeting.  

      The 2018 District Community Health Education Report is then complied by the District CHE Chair. This form is a compilation of the data submitted by the local CHE Chairs. The District Report along with a copy of each Local CHE Report should be sent to the State CHE Chair, Sherry Jelic, 7574 Suffolk Down, Sun Prairie, WI  53590 or, if submitting electronically, by March 1, 2019.

The Spring Tour presentation on Reducing the Stigma is here.  For Word or for PowerPoint

The 2017 Statistics have been compiled.

Organizations Reporting  61

Number with CHE Chairs   56

Number Assisting with Hospital Ed Projects 39

Number of Ongoing Projects    287

Number of New Projects      51

Total Health Education Projects   281

Number of Articles for Newsletters  219

Reports Given at General Meetings  230

Submitted by Sherry Jelic, Community Health Education Chair

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