Wisconsin rural health care program to expand

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin program that sends nurses to farms to provide basic care is expanding.

The Rural Health Initiative currently serves Shawano, Outagamie and Waupaca counties in central Wisconsin. Executive Director Rhonda Strebel says it will expand to Marathon County next year.

Nurses in the program check farmers’ blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels and screen them for other health risks. Farmers with signs of serious problems receive referrals to a doctor or clinic.

The program served 510 people from January through October this year.

Half of the program’s funding comes ThedaCare, Inc., in the existing counties and half comes from donations. Other health care organizations will help support the expansion into Marathon County.

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