General Information

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental illness in their lifetime?  Every day millions of Americans go about their daily…

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National Public Health Week is April 4-10, 2016

What is Public Health? Public health is a multi-disciplinary partnership that promotes, protects, and improves the health of the community through…

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Cold Weather Driving

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern Wisconsin were we get a lot of snow and ice. Additional preparations can help make…

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Halloween Safety

Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These…

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Town of Crescent Spring Water Contains High Levels of Chlorine

Disinfection of Spring Basin The Crescent Town Spring is in the process of being disinfected. Slow-dissolving chlorine tablets have been added to…

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Boil Water Advisory for the Town of Crescent Water Spring

Routine water sampling results indicated the presence of coliform bacteria in the drinking water at the Town of Crescent water spring on South River…

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Egg Safety for the Holidays

March 27, 2015 Whether eggs are from a store or your local farmer, safe handling and cooking will reduce the chance of getting sick. Even the…

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National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 8-14, 2015 What is  groundwater? It’s the water that fills cracks, voids, and other openings in soil, sand, and bedrock. Why is it…

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COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH IS NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH More than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer every year, and of that…

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National Nutrition Month

This National Nutrition Month, the Academy Encourages Everyone to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that…

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GARDEN BASED NUTRITION GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

GARDEN BASED NUTRITION GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity and…

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Northwoods LEAN Announces 2014 Service Awards

Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity, and Nutrition) held its annual meeting on January 14.  Northwoods LEAN is a coalition that serves…

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Did you know: 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. is the victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse by a dating partner, a figure that far…

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58 Million Nonsmokers In US Are Still Exposed To Secondhand Smoke

Two of every five children -- including seven in 10 black children -- are exposed to secondhand smoke. Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in…

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February is Heart Health Month

February has been dedicated as Heart Health Month.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.  According to the Centers for…

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What is Oneida County Doing to Reduce Teen Drug Abuse and How Can You Help?

January 26, 2015 is the start of the National Drug Fact Awareness Week. You can test your current knowledge of Drugs Use and Brain Health at:…

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Cold Weather Driving

NASA's rover Curiosity began exploring Mars' Gale Crater in August 2012, after landing. From temperatures gathered by the rover, NASA reports that…

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Tobacco Use Continues Its Toll On Wisconsin

Contact Person: Corie Zelazoski, Community Health Specialist, Oneida County Health Department Costs associated with cigarette smoking continue to…

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Protecting Our Community’s Health In Their Homes

Citizens Urged to Test Homes for Radon, the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in U.S. Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) is working with the…

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Gluten – Good or Gluttony?

Gluten is a protein naturally found in wheat, barley and rye. It gives a chewy texture to breads and can be extracted and used in the manufacturing…

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness month gives women and their partners a chance to educate themselves about the effects of cervical cancer on their lives.…

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Holiday Party Time Should Not Equal Food Poisoning Time

Many offices host some sort of get-together this time of year and you may join in by bringing a dish to pass. If you’re not bringing food to the…

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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

 Buy age-appropriate toys. Look for toys and other gifts that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety standards. Review…

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month—an opportunity to reflect on the effects of lung cancer in Wisconsin families. As a prevention effort, the…

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Got Insulin?

Did you know that diabetes affects nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States?  Recent studies project that as many as 1 in 3…

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E-Cigarettes and Our Youth

With little to no regulation on e-cigarettes, many are concerned not only about the long term health effects, but also how our youth are affected. …

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Halloween Safety: It’s a Real Treat

The air is crisp, days are getting shorter, and the smell of autumn leaves is in the air.  Halloween is right around the corner!   It’s an…

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Be Prepared At Home This Winter – Winter Storms

Some of the dangers associated with winter storms include loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies. To help protect your…

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Respiratory Illnesses

During the summer and fall months respiratory illnesses become quite common in the state of Wisconsin.  As the weather changes this fall it is…

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Celebrate: Walk to School Day

Mark your calendars—October 8, 2014 is International Walk to School Day.  It’s a global event that involves communities from more than 40…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer…

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September is National Preparedness Month

In an emergency one single most important things you can do for your family is to stay informed. In this final installment of the Personal Emergency…

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September is National Preparedness Month

In a disaster or emergency, how will you assure your family's safety? What is your plan? In the last Personal Emergency Preparedness BlogSpot, as…

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September is National Preparedness Month

House fires, tornadoes, power outages, winter storms, and floods. All are disasters we rarely think about, but could happen to us at any given time,…

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Fruits and Veggies: More Matters

‘Eat your fruits and vegetables’. This seems to be a phrase we hear often and almost to the point that it no longer holds its meaning. This…

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Take Care Of Your Body And It Will Take Care Of You

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and with more than 23 million children and teenagers between the age of 2-19 overweight or…

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Back to School: Driving and Pedestrian Safety

It is that time again, and soon we will see young pedestrians with backpacks heading to and from school. Walking to and from school is a healthy…

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Lice

Soon the kids will be going back to school and head lice are always a concern. Lice are the size of a grain of pepper when they are newly hatched…

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Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

  Back-to-school season is here.  It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs.  It’s also the perfect time to make sure…

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World Breastfeeding Week Celebration a Success

Oneida County WIC hosted an event at Hodag Park in Rhinelander August 4th to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is…

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Swimmers Itch

With that bright summer sun shining down, the heat is upon us and it’s the perfect time to head to the lake!  But wait, you might want to take a…

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Northwoods Dental Project receives Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile Grant Award

Northwoods Dental Project has been awarded $17,640 from the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (SAS) program. Wisconsin SAS is a statewide sealant program that…

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Blue-green algae bloom in Pelican Lake results in warning against water contact or use

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) in Pelican Lake, located in the township of…

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Hepatitis Awareness Day is July 28th

v    Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer, which is the second biggest cancer killer. v    Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million…

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Heat Exhaustion

Oneida County Health Department wants to remind people that:  Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for…

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Pregnant Oneida County Women Encouraged to Take Part in First Breath Program to Quit Smoking

It is no secret that breaking an addiction to nicotine is extremely difficult, especially when adding the stress of a pregnancy or a new baby to the…

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Apply Early, Apply Often!

Sunscreen is an important part of your daily routine, particularly in the warm, sunny summer months when more skin is exposed but knowing what to use…

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Water Safety

With nearly 1100 lakes in Oneida County, water activities, like swimming and boating, are a fun way to beat the heat. However, nationwide, drowning…

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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. Fireworks, while fun to watch, can be very dangerous if used…

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Farmers Market

Farmers Market season is now among us, what does that mean? Local, fresh, seasonal produce. Think about how far the food we purchase at the grocery…

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Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition Awarded Gold Award for Local Coalitions

The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition was awarded the Gold Award for local coalitions on Friday, June 13th at the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition…

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Intern To Work With Wisconsin Wins Program

  Meagan Neis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is joining the Wisconsin Wins project and visiting tobacco license holders to find…

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National Safety Month (Injury Prevention)

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44.  In 2012,…

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Celebrate the Father’s Important Role in Supporting a Mother’s Choice of Breastfeeding Their Baby

As Father's Day approaches, it is important to celebrate the role fathers play in the lives of their breastfed children. While it is fairly well…

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Men’s Health Month

The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease…

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Full Speed Ahead

The sun was shining down as the Oneida County Health Department hosted its 7th bike rodeo last week on May 21st from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm in the…

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

The Oneida County Health Department is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness…

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Melanoma/ Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with an estimated 1 in 5 people expected to be diagnosed at some point in their lives. …

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Health Advocates Urge Women to Quit Smoking for National Women’s Health Week

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, advocates from the Northwood’s Tobacco-Free Coalition are encouraging women who smoke to quit and…

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SmokeCheck.org Offers Free Training for Tobacco Retailers

  Every youth deserves a healthy future.  That’s why Wisconsin has a number of rules that restrict tobacco sales to minors.  State Statute…

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

The Oneida County Health Department would like to encourage families to celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8th.…

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Let’s Go For A Ride

Did you know that Wednesday May 7, 2014 is National Bike to School Day?  This is a one day event that occurs during May’s National Bike Month that…

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Bike Safety – Part 3 of 3

It is getting warmer everyday. For those who have been following the previous blog posts, your bike and equipment should be ready for your first…

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

This Saturday, April 26th is NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE- BACK DAY Between the hours of 10:00 am- 2:00 pm take your unused or expired…

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Bike Safety – Part 2 of 3

In our last blog we talked about getting your bike ready for riding this spring. With your bike in tuned-up, it is time to think about what to wear…

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Bike Safety – Part 1 of 3

As spring approaches, many are eager to get back outside and ride their bikes again. Bicycling is a great physical activity that is fun for children…

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Local Team Participates in Public Health Leadership Program

A group from Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity, and Nutrition) coalition has been selected to participate in the National Leadership…

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Egg Safety for the Holidays

Whether eggs are from a store or your local farmer, safe handling and cooking will reduce the chance of getting sick. Even the cleanest eggs that do…

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Why Do I Need Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Excessive alcohol use increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.  This April during Alcohol…

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Late Season Winter Storm Update

Date: April 3, 2014 Time: 10:00 A.M. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Oneida County in effect until 7:00 p.m.…

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Know Your Family Health History to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

By the National Diabetes Education Program Many serious diseases run in families, including diabetes. If you have a mother, father, brother or…

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Public Health Accreditation Board Designation Recognizes High-Performing Health Departments

Rhinelander, WI- March, 21, 2014 – Oneida County Health Department announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public…

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Brain Awareness Week is March 10 – 16, 2014

How many times have you walked into a room and forgotten what you  came for?  Searched in vain for keys that have mysteriously disappeared?  Or…

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WHAT’S UP YOURS? I KNOW WHAT’S UP MINE!

It is a joke we often hear after someone has had a colonoscopy.  But colon cancer is no laughing matter, as it is the second deadliest after lung. …

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March is National Nutrition Month

Research confirms that taste is the number-one reason why one food is purchased over another. So what are consumers to do when the taste of favorite…

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Half the Wheels, Twice the Fun!

In 2011 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic in the United States.  Statistics show children ages 14 and under are five times more likely to be…

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February is Heart Health Month

February has been dedicated as Heart Health Month.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.  According to the Centers for…

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National Birth Defects Prevention Month Brings Attention to Congenital Heart Defects

The Oneida County Public Health Department is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to increase awareness of birth defects,…

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Safe Winter Driving

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern regions that get a lot of snow and ice. Additional preparations can help make a…

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January is National Radon Action Month

Exposure to radon gas is the nation’s leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer among…

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Oneida County – Vilas County Warming Facilities

The National Weather Service says cold air will begin pouring into Wisconsin Saturday night and into Sunday. The coldest stretch will be Sunday night…

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Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the EPA, Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is produced when gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. Most appliances that use these fuels…

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Vacuum Sealing Food Safety Thoughts

What is Vacuum Packaging? Technology in the last decade has allowed us to purchase low-cost vacuum sealers that are convenient and make food…

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Don’t Forget Your Fruits and Veggies This Winter

Not sure what to bring to your next Holiday gathering or celebration with friends and family? Fruits and veggies are a great (and easy) option to…

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Holidays Have You STRESSED?

Have you already  jumped into your typical coping skills that are not so healthy, such as overeating and drinking? Starting to feel overwhelmed,…

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December is “Safe Toys and Gifts Month”

  Buy age-appropriate toys. Look for toys and other gifts that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety…

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World AIDS Day is December 1, 2013

World AIDS Day is celebrated each year on December 1 to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS.  Since the first cases were reported by…

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Food Safety for the Holidays

The holiday season is here, and the Oneida County Health Department provides the following information to help ensure the food you cook, serve, and…

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The Great American Smokeout – A Great Reason to Quit!

The American Cancer Society is marking the 38th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21st by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a…

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‘Tis the Season to be Freezin

Longer days, less sunlight, and brisk cold air.  We all know what that means; the winter season is fast approaching!  Before we know it we’ll be…

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

                                                               More people in…

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Halloween Health and Safety Tips

For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat…

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations,…

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Wisconsin Wins Shows Illegal Tobacco Sales Rates Down From 2012

Beginning in June, Oneida County Health Department has been conducting Wisconsin Wins tobacco compliance checks in a six county area that includes…

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World Rabies Day is September 28, 2013

What is rabies? Rabies is a viral disease. The virus is present in the saliva of rabid animals (specifically mammals) and spreads to humans…

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What is WIC?

Do you have a child that is under five years old? Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? WIC can help! WIC can provide you with: nutrition…

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Make Half Your Grains Whole

September is whole grains month which makes it a great opportunity to learn more about whole grains and find new ways to include them in family meal…

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Back to School: Driving and Pedestrian Safety

It is that time again, and soon we will see young pedestrians with backpacks heading to and from school. Walking to and from school is a healthy…

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Sports Related Injuries

Each year, 1.35 million children are seen in emergency rooms for sports- related injuries.  That's one child every 25 seconds.  Safe Kids…

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Contact Us

Oneida County Health Department
100 West Keenan Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Telephone (715) 369-6111
Fax (715) 369-6112

ochd@co.oneida.wi.us

To report a public health emergency or to report a notifiable disease after hours, please contact dispatch at 715-361-5100.

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Hotlines

Mental Health Hotline - Mental Health Crisis? Forest, Vilas and Oneida County call 1-888-299-1188.

Smoking Cessation - Break free of cigarettes. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Disaster Distress Line - Stress, anxiety, and other depression are common after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or visit the Disaster Distress Line to talk.

Wisconsin First Step – Information on services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 1-800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist.

Maternal and Child Health Hotline – Call 1-800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.