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2019 TOP HEALTH NEEDS
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Burnett County’s number one health need is to address Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA). AODA means any use of a substance that results in negative consequences. This encompasses a broad array of mood-altering substances that include, but are not limited to, alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal mood-altering substances.
Mental/Behavioral health has been identified as Burnett County’s second health need. Mental/behavioral health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Tobacco Use & Exposure
Tobacco use and exposure is Burnett County’s third health need to be addressed. Eliminating tobacco use and exposure means improving health by preventing tobacco abuse, promoting tobacco dependence treatment, protecting all people from exposure to secondhand smoke, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.
While the number of students smoking cigarettes have decreased in Burnett County, the number of students vaping and using e-cigarettes have increased. The root cause for tobacco use is cultural norm and availability. According to the WI Interactive Statistics...
Developmental screening is an important part in a child’s healthy development. A developmental screener is a tool that takes a closer look at how a child is developing. The tool used can be a test for a child or it can consist of a parent answering questions about...
Is there a link between alcohol use and dementia? It makes sense that there would be since the acute effects of alcohol primarily impact our central nervous system. More research needs to be done but the research that has been done consistently indicates that long...