Gusty winds prove no match for RHI-UW Extension trio. A special thank you to Zen Miller, Agriculture Dairy/Livestock Agent of UW-Extension Outagamie County for spending last Wednesday, March 16, 2016, with the Rural Health Initiative Outreach Health Coordinator Alissa and a new employee of Dane County UW Extension, Amanda Young. Pictured below (from left to right) is Alissa Mueller, Zen Miller, Amanda Young.
Despite winds gusts nearing 50 mph, the trio traveled to select large dairy farms and agribusiness in the Freedom and Kaukauna area to introduce owners to the Rural Health Initiative. Alissa was able to meet face-to-face with owners and share the benefits of our Kitchen Wellness, offered to farm or agribusiness owners, as well as their adult family members and employees.
Kitchen Wellness, the signature product of the Rural Health Initiative, includes convenient, complimentary, and confidential preventive health screenings with immediate test results, health coaching, and referral information to any adult involved within agricultural community in Northeast Wisconsin – specifically Marathon, Waupaca, Shawano, and Outagamie counties.
Many farm owners inquired about the cost of our services, in which Alissa was delighted to answer, “It’s FREE!” – music to most everyone’s ears. The expense of each on-site visit, valued at $200, is graciously covered by our local sponsors and supporters.
Collaborative Partnerships Critical for Success
Ultimately, collaborative partnerships, such as the one between the Rural Health Initiative and University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension – Outagamie County, helps the Rural Health Initiative connect with new individuals, expand our services to new areas, and increase our impact on the health and safety of the agricultural community.
In return, the Rural Health Initiative staff can refer farmers and ag workers directly to UW Extension agriculture agents to assist them with anything related to crops, soil, dairy and livestock. They can also assist with information related to market situation and updates, trends, and a variety of other information. For more information about the University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension – Outagamie County, Agriculture, visit their website at http://outagamie.uwex.edu/agriculture/.