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Polk County, Wisconsin

(Partner: National Association of County and City Health Officials)

Community Mission

The mission of Polk County NPA is to inspire, motivate, and educate individuals and communities to be healthy through good nutrition and physical activity.

The vision of Polk County NPA is Healthy Lifestyle, Community, Environment.

Community Information

Polk County is a rural county located in western Wisconsin bordering Minnesota.  Population: 44,205 (2010).

Community Change Strategy

  1. Community-at-large: Policy - Complete Streets
  2. School: Policy - Active School Environments
  3. Worksite: Policy - Wellness
  4. Healthcare: Policy - Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
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Out first leadership team!

Community Contacts

Name E-mail Phone
Janel Hemmesch janelh@co.polk.wi.us (715) 485-8551
Lanette M. Johnson lanettej@osceolamedicalcenter.com (715) 294-4745
Patty Willeman patriciaw@amerymedical.com (715) 755-2984


 Complete Streets: 

  • Photovoice Project
  • Walkability and Bike-ability Checklists
  • Active Living Workshop
  • Greenway Mapping Project

School: Organized a 3-part video conference series related to school wellness policy and nutrition/physical activity environments.

Worksite: Organized an annual multi-worksite challenge that incorporates an individual behavior-change program with bonus infrastructure challenges for each participating worksite.

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI):

  • Met with OB staff/executive committee members at local medical centers to discuss BFHI
  • Established 2 breastfeeding support groups
  • Displayed at various community locations a Nursing Is Normal photo exhibit of moms/babies breastfeeding at local public places

NACCHO National Association of Chronic Disease Directors National Recreation and Park Association SOPHE YMCA - Activate America