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Substance abuse continues to be the top health concern in the Chippewa Valley

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More than 3,400 Chippewa and Eau Claire residents weighed in on local wellness concerns last fall and now officials can move on to solving the biggest health problems in our community.

Residents filled out a survey on 14 different health concerns they believe the Chippewa Valley faces the most. Some of those concerns included oral health, physical activity, tobacco use and reproductive health.

The top five concerns were similar to the same results seen four years ago during the fall 2014 survey. Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil, the community health assessment project manager for the Chippewa and Eau Claire area, told News 18 on Monday substance abuse and mental health were neck and neck with being the number one health priority in the area.

 "You're going to see that substance abuse made the top health priority list as well as mental health, alcohol abuse, obesity and nutrition," Dillivan-Pospisil said.

The statistics are then used throughout local health coalitions to improve resources for community members. On Monday night, health officials will discuss the findings and talk about possible solutions with the public. The meeting is free for Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls residents and people are encouraged to come and talk about their concerns.

Monday's meeting is the first of the four community conversation meetings going on throughout the rest of the month. 

Here is a list of the scheduled meetings taking place during the duration of February:

  • Heyde Center, Chippewa Falls, Monday, Feb. 12
  • Augusta Senior Center, Monday, Feb. 19
  • Eau Claire L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room, Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Cornell High School, Wednesday, Feb. 21


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