Marshfield Medical Center-Neillsville, 2020 Community Benefit

MMC-Neillsville Plays Role in Community Coalition Success

Beyond providing health care services in rural Clark County in Wisconsin, Marshfield Medical Center-Neillsville is a community resource and actively participates in leadership roles in community coalitions.
Hospital leaders believe collaborating with diverse stakeholders and including community members is critical to sustaining community initiatives. 
For example, the hospital partnered with the Clark County Prevention Partnership and Mental Behavioral Health Taskforce to coordinate a coalition capacity-building process to strengthen county coalitions in addressing behavioral health and alcohol-and-other-drugs prevention. 
On the same day as part of this coalition work, the hospital partnered with the Clark County Health Department, Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and Northwoods Coalition to coordinate a town hall on underage drinking. Inclusion and cultural appropriateness were incorporated in the town hall, with a Spanish interpreter and childcare available to encourage the Latino community and families to participate in these important discussions.
Representatives from Clark County organizations, school districts and law enforcement, along with parents, students and community members, reviewed data from the county’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey and participated in meaningful discussion on underage drinking in Clark County.