WI Office of Rural Health Workshop Roundup

A couple weeks ago, the WI Office of Rural Health hosted a workshop, Hospital Foundations: Managing for Success.  I can honestly say this was one of the best events we’ve hosted.  We recorded the day; it’s available from our website, about halfway down the page under Hospital & Clinic Leadership & Management.  This is where […]

June 21, 2011 · KJacobson · No Comments
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EMS Frequent Users

Rural EMS, at least in Wisconsin, is chronically short of resources.  Funds, equipment, staff—pretty much everything needed to run an emergency response agency.  If you’re involved with an EMS, this certainly isn’t news to you.  Most public agencies rely on town or county funding.  In case you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ll know […]

February 21, 2011 · KJacobson · No Comments
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Office of Rural Health Community Grants, Part VI: Safety and Injury Prevention

My final visit with one of the Office’s Community Grant recipients last month was in Adams County.  I met with the Injury Prevention and Trauma Coalition at Moundview Memorial Hospital in Friendship to talk with them about their Adams County Injury Prevention and Trauma Care Initiative, for which they received a planning grant.  The Hospital, […]

November 21, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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Office of Rural Health Community Grants, Part V: Driver Safety

Last month I met with the Juneau County Coalition for At-Risk Drivers at Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston.  The Coalition is another recipient of our rural community grants.  Their Safer Driver Initiative will plan and pilot a driver-screening program to assist the elderly and others with medical conditions that could lead to unsafe driving […]

November 16, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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Office of Rural Health Community Grants, Part IV: Medication Safety

I visited Antigo recently, where I met with members of the Community Partners for Medication Safety coalition, who received an Office of Rural Health grant to implement their Medication Safety Red Bag Expansion Program.  Coalition members include Langlade Hospital, Antigo Fire and EMS Departments, Langlade County Health and Aging Departments and Aspirus Visiting Nurses Association.  […]

November 5, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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Office of Rural Health Grants-Falls Prevention

The Office of Rural Health sponsored the Rural Community Grant Program for the last several years with funding from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  I’ve managed this program for several years, awarding a few dozen grants totaling over $600,000 to community coalitions around Wisconsin.  Each fall I make a point to visit the […]

October 27, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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Safety & Rural EMS

Every month, almost every day, has been designated as (fill in the blank) month.  September seems to be heavy on safety.  It’s Baby Safety Month, Sports and Home Eye Safety Month, and last week was Child Passenger Safety Week.  These links will take you to organizations that have prepared education/outreach resources you can use for […]

September 30, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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EMS Scholarships Available

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) sponsors a scholarship program for first responders, EMTs and Paramedics interested in advancing their EMS education.  These scholarships are available: First Responders (to become EMT-Basic) – up to $500 each EMT-Basic (to become EMT-Paramedic) – up to $5,000 each Paramedics (to advance education in the realm of EMS) – up […]

August 31, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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