Mayo Clinic Health System-Oakridge, Osseo, 2020 Community Benefit

Mondovi Public Library

from left: Two Mondovi Public Library Board Representative; Kaitlyn Noack, Director of the Mondovi Public Library; Dr. Stoughton; Sara McCune; Dr. Rich.
As part of its commitment to rural communities and reducing health disparities, Mayo Clinic Health System-Oakridge contributed $100,000 to the Mondovi Public Library capital campaign. This contribution supports Mayo Clinic Health System’s aim at innovative and strategic local population health improvement efforts.
Much of the library is not accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of the financial gift will help make the building more accessible. 
Public libraries are trusted institutions that have broad population reach and untapped potential to improve population health through expanded virtual care options. As a primary resource in many communities, library staff provide referrals and support to vulnerable populations, including people who are homeless, people with mental illness and substance abuse issues, recent immigrants, and children and families experiencing trauma.
Northwest Wisconsin is aiming to harness strategic partnerships with local public libraries as a powerful opportunity to serve rural populations in new ways, including expanded virtual care options. Mayo Clinic Health System hopes this investment will benefit many community members in and around the Mondovi area.