Health

Welcome to the Bayfield County Health Department. It is our responsibility to protect the health of our residents through a wide variety of programs and services. From Community Health to Environmental Health and Emergency Management, we provide a full array of prevention, inspection, licensure, health, safety, and wellness promotion services.

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Health Infrastructure Grant

Project Description: A community wellness initiative that promotes the health infrastructure of Bayfield County, its residents and visitors. 

Purpose: Provide the community with assistance to create the opportunity for a better place to live by supporting infrastructure for physical activity, promoting health and wellness. 

Grant Details: 

  • Applications due May 31st, 2019.
  • Cost sharing of 50% from Bayfield County with local communities.
  • Up to $5,000 per project for cost-sharing. Minimum of $1,000 request for grants.
  • Up to $20,000 of funds available county-wide.
  • Grant funds may only be used for materials, equipment and contractual costs.
  • Community may include donations of equipment, materials, parts, labor, and time in 50% cost-sharing. (Labor contributions up to $10/hour.)
  • Approved grant expenses will be reimbursed upon project completion.
  • Any funds awarded must not be used to replace (supplant) funds that have already been appropriated for the project.
  • Projects must be completed by June 30th, 2020.

Criteria for Selection: 

  • Projects must create an opportunity for physical activity and/or promotion of healthy living. Special preference will be given to projects that promote health and wellness for persons of all ages.
  • Projects must focus on improving wellness opportunities in Bayfield County.
  • Project proposals will be accepted from towns, cities, village or tribe located within Bayfield County. Community groups may work through these government entities.
  • Project proposals must demonstrate local commitment in the form of two letters of support from community members or organizations.
  • Selection of projects will be determined by the Health Infrastructure Committee.
  • Grant recipients will be announced by June 21st, 2019.

  Suggestions for Project Proposals:

  • Improvements or outdoor exercise systems along hiking trails
  • Walking path development
  • Playground equipment or interactive outdoor exercise equipment
  • Sidewalks or other walking paths
  • Community gardens
  • Safety enhancements in parks or at swimming beaches
  • Basketball, volleyball or tennis courts
  • Skateboard or wheel parks
  • Other proposed projects are welcome.


Full Grant Description                         Grant Application

Resources: 

Resources listed for commercial products or services are provided for the convenience of the grant applicants and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring on the part of Bayfield County.


Questions? Call (715)373-6109 or email BayCoHD@bayfieldcounty.org

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that when inhaled can be fatal. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very serious, life-threatening condition that can occur when carbon monoxide levels become elevated and inhaled by a person. Mild cases of carbon monoxide inhalation can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue and flu-like symptoms; extreme exposure can cause convulsions, unconsciousness, brain damage, heart and lung failure and death. 

Carbon Monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide can be elevated as a result of blocked chimneys or flues, malfunctioning furnaces, operating grills or other portable fuel-burning devices (ex. space heaters) in a confined space, back drafts, vehicles operating indoors with poor ventilation, etc. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur all year round, but is especially dangerous during the winter months when fuels are used to heat homes or other buildings. Find out more about what Bayfield County Health Department has done to help prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisonings in this Environmental Public Health Tracking Story.