Community Health Initiative Programs


Community Health Initiative Programs

What programs are part of the
Community Health Initiative?
Information current through June 30, 2018

chi-navigationBig Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin
chi-navigationBolton Refuge House
chi-navigationChildren’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
chi-navigationChippewa Valley Free Clinic
chi-navigationEau Claire YMCA
chi-navigationFamily Support Center
chi-navigationL.E. Phillips Senior Center
chi-navigationThe Open Door Clinic
chi-navigationThe Wellness Shack

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin

The One to One Mentoring program is a program where a caring adult is placed in the life of a child who is facing adversity. The One-to-One Mentoring program includes community-based mentoring and site-based mentoring. Through the community-based mentoring program, volunteers (Bigs) provide a child (Little) individualized time and attention on a regular basis. Relationships are developed through conversations and shared activities, which helps youth manage the everyday challenges they are dealing with. Through the site-based mentoring program, mentors meet with their child through local schools (Lunch Buddies Program), the Boys and Girls Club, or at local community venues. The mentors (Bigs) and mentees (Littles) chose activities to do together (with parental approval) while building strengths in the child and helping them become engaged, productive citizens.

Big Brothers Big Sisters collaborates with the following partners:

  • Eau Claire Area School District
  • School District of Fall Creek
  • Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) – Eau Claire County
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley

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Bolton Refuge House - Self-Sufficiency and Support Services

Bolton Refuge House provides safe and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and/or stalking, as well as services to children who have witnessed or been exposed to violence. Supportive services include emergency sheltering, transitional housing, children advocacy, individual and support-group counseling, personal advocacy, case management, legal advocacy, and other services that empower victims throughout the life span. The Self-Sufficiency and Supportive Services program consists of a range of services and resources provided to a victim and their children.

Bolton Refuge House collaborates with the following partners on the Self Sufficiency and Support Services program:

  • Family Support Center
  • UW Extension
  • Eau Claire County AIM Court (Alternatives to Incarcerating Mothers


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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services - Child and Family Counseling Program

The Child and Family Counseling (CFC) program provides outpatient counseling services to children and their families in the Chippewa Valley, including individual, family, and group counseling. Counseling services are expected to reduce stress and conflict, improve parenting skills, and strengthen families. The therapists work closely with county department of human services and schools, which is where most referrals come from. School Based Mental Health Services are provided with groups at Altoona Middle and High School, Memorial High School, and North High School. School Based Outpatient Counseling has also been added at four Eau Claire elementary schools.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services collaborates with the following partners on the Child and Family Counseling Program:

  • Eau Claire County Department of Human Services
  • Chippewa County Department of Human Services
  • School District of Altoona
  • Eau Claire Area School District

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Chippewa Valley Free Clinic - Mental Health Services

Free Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision, and behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. The Mental Health Services program provides access to mental health care for low-income adults and diagnoses and treats their conditions. This allows them to live a quality life and improve their ability to participate in work, home and community life. This program works in collaboration with medical professionals from the major health institutions and the Department of Human Services.

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic collaborates with the following partners on the Mental Health Services program:

  • Eau Claire County Department of Human Services
  • Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Wipfli, LLP

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Eau Claire YMCA - Healthy Living Program

The YMCA Healthy Living program was developed to focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies by targeting individuals, families, organizations, and the community. The program is implemented through various evidence-based program services and supported by a variety of national and local partners. YMCA Healthy Living programs include:

  • YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP)
    • YDPP helps pre-diabetic adults reduce their risk for developing diabetes. A small-group environment is provided where participants work with a trained lifestyle coach to lose weight and increase physical activity.
  • Camp Wabi
    • Camp Wabi empowers obese children ages 10-14 to make healthy lifestyle choices and treats obesity as a multifaceted problem. Lessons include topics related to nutrition, physical activity, and mental wellness. Campers learn ways to take control of their actions and begin making healthy choices.
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for School-Aged Childcare
    • The Y has established HEPA standards aligned with the Institute of Medicine standards for early learning programs, the Healthy Out-of-School Time Coalition standards for after-school programs, and Let’s Move! standards for reducing childhood obesity.
  • Enhance®Fitness
    • Enhance®Fitness is a program comprised of classes that safely increase participants’ fitness levels through aerobic and strength training exercises while building a sense of community among class members. Enhance ®Fitness is proven to increase participants’ strength, balance, flexibility, mood, general activity level, and independence when they attend on a regular basis.
  • Y5210
    • Y5210 is evidenced-based curriculum to teach school-aged kids that daily they should have at least 5 servings of fruits/vegetables, 2 or less hours of “screen time,” 1 hour of exercise, and 0 sugar-sweetened drinks.
    • LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA helps adult cancer survivors build muscle mass/strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Instructors create a customized physical activity plan for each participant through goals, such as reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and increase energy and self-esteem.

The Eau Claire YMCA collaborates with the following partners on the YMCA Healthy Living Program:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System – Eau Claire

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Family Support Center - Domestic Violence Program

The mission of the Family Support Center (FSC) is to help women, men, and children end domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other forms of interpersonal violence through education, prevention and intervention services. The purpose of the FSC Domestic Violence Program is to promote the safety and overall well-being of victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children, and to decrease incidences of IPV. FSC’s Domestic Violence Program achieves this purpose by providing comprehensive trauma-informed services to adult victims of IPV and their children.

The Family Support Center collaborates with the following partners on the Domestic Violence Program:

  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
  • Chippewa County District Attorney’s Victim Witness Services
  • Chippewa Falls Police Department
  • Bolton Refuge House
  • West Cap


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L.E. Phillips Senior Center - Active Living Everyday

Active Living Every Day (ALED) is a tested and proven program for improving the health and well-being of individuals 50 and over through physical activity. The program provides information, skills, and a step-by-step process for creating an active lifestyle, thus reducing obesity. ALED uses facilitated group-based problem solving methods to integrate physical activity and healthy eating into everyday living. Developed by behavioral scientists from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, and offered through a partnership with Human Kinetics, the program allows the flexibility of being offered independently or in conjunction with existing community-based physical activity programs. The L.E. Phillips Senior Center, through a grant from the Eau Claire Area Foundation, is certified to administer this program.

L.E. Phillips Senior Center collaborates with the following partners on the Active Living Every Day program:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System (Community Wellness Programs)
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
  • Chippewa Valley Learning and Retirement (CVLR)

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Open Door Clinic - Mental Health Care

The Open Door Clinic provides mental health services, including psychiatric care and medications at no cost to patients. Through an agreement with L.E. Phillips, the psychiatrists are able to refer patients to L.E. Phillips for free counseling services. The Mental Health Care program provides mental health services to uninsured Chippewa County residents whose income is less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This program makes mental health care and medications available to all qualifying patients. The Open Door Clinic also works with the Chippewa County DHS Community Mental Health and Recovery Services to provide medications and laboratory testing for their patients who would not otherwise be able to afford these services.

The Open Door Clinic collaborates with the following partners on the Mental Health Care program:

  • Chippewa Valley Family YMCA
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Chippewa County Mental Health and Recovery Services
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • First Presbyterian Church

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The Wellness Shack - Peer Support Mental Health Recovery

The Wellness Shack (TWS) provides peer support through people sharing their hope, success, and experience of recovery from mental illness. Peers sharing common experience encourage and support members toward living lives of improved health and wellness. A more formal support is provided by Peer Support Specialists who utilize evidence- based recovery principles to help people achieve personal recovery. Peer support has been proven to reduce crisis and hospitalization of people suffering from mental illness. TWS Peer Support Mental Health Recovery encourages people to consider healthier alternatives.

TWS collaborates with the following partners on the Peer Support and Mental Health Recovery program:

  • Positive Avenues
  • Disability Right WI
  • Mayo Clinic Health System

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