Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts Expand in Wisconsin
Wisconsin ’s lead policy advisor, Brian Weaver, today highlighted the state’s expanding efforts toprevent childhood lead poisoning, noting that many of the same families living in older homes with lead hazards are also among the populations being hardest hit by COVID-19. Childhood lead poisoning can cause delays in growth, behavior and create learning challenges. In severe cases, lead poisoning can result in seizures, coma, and death. Lead poisoning occurs when...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 25, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Data Dashboard Displays Health Impact of COVID-19 by Race and Ethnicity
Today, the Department of Health Services (DHS) released a new data dashboard that displays COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by race and ethnicity. This new visualization helps illustrate some of the unequal health impacts of COVID-19 in our communities, particularly among people of color. Therace and ethnicity dashboard is part of an ongoing effort to close health disparities throughout the state by promoting tools and resources centered on...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 21, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals
Beginning October 24, 2020, Medicaid members that are incarcerated will have their health care benefits suspended and then re-evaluated before they are released from jail or prison. Previously, Medicaid members who became incarcerated had their coverage terminated, which then often delayed their access to medical and behavioral health care following their release. The Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) have been working with income maintentance agencies...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 16, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The public health emergency declared by Governor Tony Evers on September 22 enables the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to once again provide additional FoodShare benefits to eligible households. These benefits will help those Wisconsin families with the costs of food for October. Also, the federal government increased the limits of how much each household can receive per person, beginning October 1. Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, states with declared...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 12, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Opens in Milwaukee
The first of three plannedyouth crisis stabilization facilities funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is now open in Milwaukee. Under agrant from DHS, Milwaukee County is partnering with Wisconsin Community Services to operate a six-bed facility for boys ages 13 to 17 with mental health needs, who without immediate assistance may need to be admitted to a hospital. “With our community partners, we are...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

With Surge in Cases, DHS Launches New COVID-19 Data and Mitigation Strategies to Aid Local Communities
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched new data designed to give Wisconsinites a better picture of the impact of COVID-19 in our state, what the trends in cases mean, and how to most effectively respond to this virus. In tandem with this data update, DHS also released guidance on mitigation strategies for communities. “Giving Wisconsinites accurate information about the status of COVID-19 in their communities is critically important to stopping the spread of this virus...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 30, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Awarded $16.7 Million Federal Grant to Counter Addictions to Opioids and Stimulants
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received a $16.7 million federal grant to reduce drug-related deaths. It is the latest round of funding under the State Opioid Response Grant Program managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Whileopioids remain the primary focus, this program now supports services for stimulants like cocaine andmethamphetamine. “We’re experiencing a drug addiction crisis...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 18, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Call Center Expands Support for People in Emotional Distress
Wisconsin callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are much more likely to speak with a Wisconsin-based counselor with the opening of a new Wisconsin call center funded by a grant from the Department of Health Services (DHS). “No one should ever have to be alone when they feel hopeless,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Adding capacity to handle Wisconsin calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is part of our ongoing effort to ensure the right supports are...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 16, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Expands COVID Connect Test Registration Website to Include Spanish, Hmong, and Somali Languages
Today, Governor Tony Evers announced that COVID Connect, the Department of Health Services (DHS) COVID-19 test registration website, is now available in Spanish and soon will be available in Hmong and Somali. Since COVID Connect launched in July, more than 180,000 test registrations have been logged on the site. In order to increase access to COVID Connect for all Wisconsinites, DHS will continue to translate this registration tool into more...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 10, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Getting a Flu Vaccine Now is Critical During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
State Health officials today are urging Wisconsin residents toget vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Annual flu vaccines are always important, but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is critical this year to protect our frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people withCOVID-19. “Now more than ever, getting your flu vaccine is one of the most important and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Launches “You Stop the Spread” Multimedia Campaign
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm today announced the launch ofYou Stop the Spread, a statewide multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites to take steps to protect themselves and their communities fromCOVID-19. " Stopping the spread of COVID-19 depends on all of us doing our part, but each of us have our own reasons that motivate us, ” said Governor...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

El departamento de salud del estado (DHS) anuncia una oportunidad de financiamiento para el alcance comunitario de informaci ón sobre los virus de la gripe y las vacunas contra la gripe
Para aumentar el conocimiento acerca de la gripe y el n úmero de residentes de Wisconsin que se vacunan contra la gripe, el Department of Health Services (DHS) de Wisconsin anunció hoy una nueva oportunidad de financiamiento para la educación y el alcance comunitario de las organizaciones comunitarias. En la última temporada de gripe, el 42% de las p ersonas recibieron al menos una dosis de la vacuna contra la gripe, dejando a dos tercios de los residentes de Wisconsin vulnerables al virus de la...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 8, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Health Department Announces Funding Opportunity for Community Outreach about Flu Viruses and Flu Vaccines
To increase awareness about the flu and the number of Wisconsinites getting flu vaccines, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a new community outreach and education funding opportunity for community organizations. Last flu season, 42% of people received at least one dose of flu vaccine, leaving two-thirds of Wisconsinites vulnerable to the flu virus. DHS strives to improve flu vaccination rates every flu season. However, this work is especially important this flu...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 8, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

First Human Death from Eastern Equine Encephalitis Reported in Chippewa County
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Chippewa County Health Department today announced that laboratory testing has confirmed a case ofeastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus infection in a woman in her 60 ’s who had been living in Chippewa County. This is the second human case of EEE in state so far this year, and the first resulting in a death. “We are very sad to report that one of our fellow Wisconsinites has contracted EEE and has passed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers and State Public Health Officials Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask and Limit Exposure Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Ahead of Labor Day weekend, Wisconsin Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services urges Wisconsinites to celebrate responsibly by taking precautions to reduce community spread of COVID-19. “As we celebrate Labor Day, we need to remember that COVID-19 spreads through the air,” said Governor Tony Evers. “So try celebrating with safe activities like a family BBQ or a hike at one of Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks. When you are with someone outside of your household, remember...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Data Dashboard Shows COVID-19 Trends by Age Group
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today releaseda new data dashboard that displays confirmed COVID-19 cases by age group. The new view allows people to better understand how COVID-19 is affecting populations in Wisconsin. Current data show that those in the 18-34 age range have more confirmed cases and higher rates of illness than all other age groups. “This dashboard provides information younger Wisconsinites, and everyone in our state, can use to help...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 3, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Opens Second Round of Applications for Funds to Support Health Care Providers Affected by COVID-19
Starting Friday, September 4, the Department of Health Services (DHS) will once again be accepting applications for Wisconsin ’s program to provide relief for specific types of health care service providers to offset losses or expenses they incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding being used was allotted to the state under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The second round of the CARES Act Provider Payment (CAPP) Program will use the same...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 3, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Report Provides Guidance to Address Increased Suicide Deaths in Wisconsin
To address the growing problem ofsuicide and suicide behavior in Wisconsin,Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, a public-private partnership that includes the Department of Health Services (DHS), has just released a call to action to guide and support suicide prevention in Wisconsin over the next five years. This guidance is included in the report —Suicide in Wisconsin:...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 2, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

First Human Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Wisconsin in 2020
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Eau Claire County Health Department today announced that laboratory testing has confirmed the first human case ofeastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus infection this year, in a female under the age of 18 who is a resident of Eau Claire County. As a result, DHS and Eau Claire County Health Department are reminding everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent any time...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 2, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Knowing the Signs Can Help Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths
Marking International Overdose Awareness Day, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today called on state residents to take action to end drug overdose deaths by learning the signs of an overdose and how to respond. Different drugs require different medical interventions and responses. For example, naloxone is the proven method of reversing an opioid overdose but it does not work for a stimulant like cocaine, which requires reassuring the patient, putting them in a comfortable...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 31, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging everyone to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites now that six horses in Northwestern Wisconsin have tested positive foreastern equine encephalitis (EEE), caused by the EEE virus, since late July. EEE virus can be spread to humans, horses, and other animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire EEE virus by feeding on infected birds. The virus is not spread person to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 27, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Launches COVID-19 Individual Decision Tool to Help Wisconsinites Keep Each Other Safe
Wisconsin is seeing significant COVID-19 activity, and data show that this is at least partly due to activities like gatherings. Data obtained from contact tracing calls indicate that the percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 who reported attending a gathering, party, or other meet up with people outside their home in the past two weeks grew from 7% of cases in May to 21% of cases in June and 20% of cases in July. DHS urges residents to consider how individual actions like the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 19, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Releases School Guidance to Assist Local and Tribal Health Departments
The upcoming start of the 2020-2021 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic brings a unique set of challenges to Wisconsin school districts and local and tribal health departments. Ensuring the safety of Wisconsin students is key to furthering their education, which is why today DHS is building onEducation Forward andReopening...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 19, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

More Than 220,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional FoodShare Benefits for July and August in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic  
The public health emergency declared by Governor Tony Evers on July 30 enables the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to once again provide additionalFoodShare benefits to eligible households. These benefits will help those Wisconsin families with the costs of food for July and August. Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Wisconsin is able to provide FoodShare recipients with the maximum monthly benefit amount that is based...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 6, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Federal Grant to Address Behavioral Health During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state ’s behavioral health response to theCOVID-19 pandemic, including services for people of all ages with mental health and substance use challenges and health care workers. “While our primary focus during the COVID-19 pandemic has been on the physical well-being of our residents, we cannot...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Poison Center and Health Agency Issue Warning about Certain Hand Sanitizers
As the use of hand sanitizers has increased during theCOVID 19 pandemic, so has the number of calls to poison centers related to possible toxic alcohol exposures. More hand sanitizer is being produced, either at home or in other countries, and it can contain a variety of chemicals and alcohols that can be dangerous, if not deadly. There has been a dramatic increase in hand sanitizer products, labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Health Agency Finds Behavioral Health Challenges are Compounded by COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted the health and safety of Wisconsinites in many ways, and the stress stemming from the pandemic and the uncertainty it has caused can prove extremely difficult for individuals, especially residents of Wisconsin who struggle with substance use disorder or another underlying behavioral health condition. “We know that challenges like fear of COVID-19, financial pressures, and isolation are the kinds of stressors that exacerbate behavioral health and substance use disorders and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 22, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Accepting Applications to Pilot New Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorders
The Department of Health Services is inviting interested organizations to apply to pilot anew hub and spoke model intended to help Wisconsin Medicaid members with not only substance use disorders but also other physical and behavioral health issues that challenge their efforts in recovery. In this model, an organization takes the lead as a “hub” on the care of the Wisconsinites in their program, ensuring that substance use disorder treatment and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 6, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Urges Residents to Stay Home Ahead of July 4th Weekend
The Department of Health Services urges Wisconsin residents to stay home and follow best public health practices during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in cases with half of all positive cases coming within the past five weeks. Nearly 20% of total COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have tested positive within the past two weeks. This spike in cases is driven in part by an increase in infections among younger people, and contact tracing by some local health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 1, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Grants Awarded for Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded more than $2 million to Milwaukee County, North Central Health Care, and Ashland County to support the development and initial operations of threeyouth crisis stabilization facilities, a new residential care and treatment option for people ages 17 and under on the verge of a mental health emergency. “A mental health crisis can be difficult for a young person and their family to handle on their own,” said...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 1, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Cigarette Smoking Rates are Lower Since Passage of Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law
Cigarette smoking rates have dropped since Wisconsin ’s Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law went into effect 10 years ago. In 2008, before the law passed, 20% of Wisconsin adults smoked cigarettes. By 2018, the rate had dropped to 16%. High school youth cigarette smoking rates dropped from nearly 21% in 2008 to nearly 5% in 2018. State cigarette taxes were al so increased during this time period and contribute to this reduction. “Wisconsin is breathing easier today thanks to this law, but we know there are...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 1, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

COVID-19 Activity Level Data Dashboard
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched a newdata dashboard today designed to give Wisconsinites the tools they need to most effectively respond to COVID-19. “Our fight against COVID-19 isn’t over. Folks need to remember that this virus continues to spread in our state,” said Governor Tony Evers. “We want to make sure Wisconsinites have accurate information about the status of COVID-19 in their communities. That’s why the next generation of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 23, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Announces COVID-19 Population Health Studies
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is partnering with theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison ’s Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) andWisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and theWisconsin Department of Natural Resources to conduct two population health studies that will...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 17, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Awards $1.2 Million to Local Programs to Support Innovation in Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Children
On July 1, the Department of Health Services (DHS) will award $1.2 million in grants to 15 local county Birth to 3 Programs across the state that will pilot new and innovative efforts to improve outcomes for participating children. These grants will allow local areas to explore new and better ways to address the unique needs of children with developmental delays and disabilities. Some will aim to increase coordination between different partners trying to help the children. Some will offer new...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 15, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Awarded Crisis Counseling Response Grant
Through a $675,526 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded to Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is partnering with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association to provide crisis counseling services to people experiencing anxiety and stress as a result of theCOVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed the way we work and live, go to school, and spend time...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 11, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

More Wisconsin Residents Can Now Qualify for Food Assistance
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today more households will now be able to get food throughThe Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Households with incomes below 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL) are now eligible to receive a monthly share of locally grown, Grade-A foods that include meat, vegetables, fruit, juice, and more from a TEFAP food pantry. For a household of one, that income threshold is $38,280. The...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 8, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Offers Direct Payments to Long-Term Care Service Providers and Facilities, Emergency Medical Services, and Clinics Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
Beginning today, June 5, DHS will begin accepting applications from specific types of health care service providers for funding from $110 million allotted to the state under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will be used to make payments to offset the losses and expenditures these providers have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. $100 million will be distributed among the following groups of eligible providers: Home and community-based...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 5, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

New Data Dashboards Show Wisconsin Alcohol Use Patterns and Consequences
According to new data dashboards released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), fewer Wisconsin youth report drinking alcohol, adult binge drinking is higher than the national average, and deaths attributed to alcohol in the state are increasing. The new dashboards utilize the most recently available data and focus on alcohol use patterns and consequences. “These data dashboards tell us how important it is for all state residents to be mindful of how they use alcohol and how...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 3, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Announces $10 Million in Funding for Health Clinics
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced $10 million in funding for health care providers serving the state's most underserved populations. The funds, provided through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will reimburse clinics for expenses stemming fromthe COVID-19 pandemic. “The clinics eligible for this funding are critical partners in Wisconsin’s response to COVID-19,” said DHS Secretary-designee...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 28, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Resilient Wisconsin Expands Reach
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced an expansion of the Resilient Wisconsin initiative. The initiative, which was launched last month, provides strategies for Wisconsinites to reduce stress and build resiliency. The new supports specifically cater to populations most significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “DHS is committed to providing meaningful public health information to the people of Wisconsin, and that includes information about mental and emotional...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 22, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Works with USDA and Retailers to Make Grocery Shopping Flexible and Safe for FoodShare Households
Beginning today, May 21, Wisconsin households that useFoodShare will be able to shop online at the two grocery retailers currently set up at the national level to accept online payment (Amazon and Walmart). FoodShare, the state ’s program that helps Wisconsinites with limited resources buy the food they need for good health, has seen an increase in applications since the beginning of theCOVID-19 pandemic. The program...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 20, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Releases Names of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Wisconsin with Active COVID-19 Public Health Investigations
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released the names of skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) with activeCOVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations. On May 13, 2020, there are 38 nursing homes with active public health investigations in Wisconsin. People who live in nursing homes are among our most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19 infections. Long-term care facilities are proactively informing residents, family...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 13, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces Hospital Metrics for Badger Bounce Back
Today the Department of Health Services along with the State Emergency Operations Center launchedhospital gating criteria as part of the Badger Bounce Back Plan. The criteria, developed with input from the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, sets hospital metrics to be able to move into Phase 1 of the Badger Bounce Back Plan. “The Badger Bounce Back plan is our road map to turning the dial in Wisconsin,” said Secretary...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 5, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers Suspends Rules to Ensure Patient Care, Coverage Continues During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Tony Evers and Secretary-designee Andrea Palm have issued another emergency order suspending some administrative rules for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Department of Safety and Professional Services. This allows health care and emergency services workers to maximize the time and resources they can dedicate to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. “During these challenging times, it is imperative that we preserve medical, mental health, and behavioral health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Releases Data About COVID-19 Public Health Investigations and Outbreaks Across Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released new data today on its website about COVID-19facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks in areas across the state. On April 29, 2020, Wisconsin has 187 COVID-19 facility-wide public health investigations and outbreaks inthe five public health regions of Wisconsin (Northeastern, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, and Western). “Data are one of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 29, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Provide Temporary Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals
In a COVID-free world, more than 400,000 Wisconsin children receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program while attending school. To ensure that those same students continue to have access to nutritious meals while staying safer at home during the pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is providing more than $140 million dollars in food benefits to their families for March, April, May and part of June – to cover the days that schools would usually...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 29, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Prevent Underage Drinking: Have Small Talks
In a major effort to prevent underage drinking, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched Small Talks, a campaign to reduce the number of kids who drink alcohol before the age of 21. This statewide effort, unveiled in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month, encourages adults – especially parents and caregivers – to have short, casual conversations with kids starting at age eight on the dangers of underage drinking. “Underage drinking is a real problem in Wisconsin, and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 21, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

COVID-19: Safer at Home is Working
People across the state of Wisconsin have risen to the challenge of COVID-19 by changing the way they work, play, and interact with friends and family. By stayingSafer at Home, practicing physical distancing, and continuing to wash hands and cover coughs, Wisconsinites are making a difference and beginning to flatten the curve. According to the model created by DHS, Wisconsin was projected to have 22,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 14, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Over 215,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that more than 215,000 FoodShare households will be receiving additional benefits. These benefits will help those Wisconsin families stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The effects of the pandemic have been hard on all Wisconsinites, but especially hard on the most vulnerable people in our state, " said Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Department of Health Services. " The ability for eligible households to access...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 10, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Increases Contact Tracing Capabilities
Today the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced new tracing mechanisms for local health departments to better track Wisconsin residents who may have been exposed to COVID-19 during Tuesday ’s election. Over the course of the last few weeks DHS has added more than 120 contact tracers to aid local public health departments who need additional capacity to interview every person confirmed with COVID-19 about anyone they had been in contact with and notify those people. Contact tracing s taff...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news