Heat Awareness Day - June 11, 2015
Heat can kill. That is why Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service are reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and to promote community safety and health.
Since 2000, over 100 people in Wisconsin have died from heat related events. Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes, severe storms and floods combined. Heat is also a major weather related killer in the United States. People at higher risk of a heat related illness include:
- Older adults
- Infants & young children
- People with chronic heart or lung problems
- People with disabilities
- Overweight persons
- Those who work outdoors or in hot settings
- Users of some medications, especially those taken for mental disorders, movement disorder, allergies, depression, and heart or circulatory problems.
Many victims of heat related deaths are socially isolated maintaining little contact with family and friends. This is why it is vitally important to check on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat.
For more information visit the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management.
This process includes identifying local factors causing health concerns, recognizing community assets and resources, and mobilizing community resources to improve the health of residents. A community health improvement plan, while targeting local health priorities, is often linked to state and national health priorities. This plan includes statistics on health status, community health needs, and studies of health problems.
Bayfield County Community Health Improvement Plan
Historically, Ashland and Bayfield counties have completed their community health improvement plans (CHIP) together. Ashland and Bayfield counties are very similar - they are both rural counties and demographically comparable. The 2005-2009 CHIP for Ashland and Bayfield counties focused on four areas:
◦ Mental health and related issues
◦ Appropriate nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of obesity
◦ Tobacco use
◦ Environmental health, water quality, and solid waste
After implementing strategies identified in the previous plan for these health focus areas, and evaluation was completed to help measure the effectiveness of the previous initiative.
Click here to view the final version of the Community Health Improvement Plan.