News stories from the past 60 days.
Native Children — 2% of Wisconsin's Child Population — Account for Almost 11% of Kids Removed from Homes
Jun 1, 2023 - Describes disparities in rates of removal from homes for Native American children in northeast Wisconsin. Highlights the historical practice of removing Native children from their homes and policy changes to prevent that practice. Notes the health impacts of this historical trauma - including substance use - as a leading reason for removing a child from the home and that resources to reunify the family are harder to access on rural reservations. Describes the impact of removal on the children including disconnection from family and cultural norms, sense of self, and more.
Source: Post Crescent
May 25, 2023 - Outlines research showing that art can positively impact a person's health and highlights a community in Wisconsin using art to address mental health for youth. Describes a partnership between a local arts organization, mental health organization, and the health system to advocate for mental health support through art and a skatepark. Notes that a local study found lack access to mental healthcare and initiatives regarding art can be creative attempts to address the lack of access.
Source: National League of Cities
Baldwin, Ernst Lead Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Mental Health Resources for Farmers, Rural Communities
May 18, 2023 - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Joni Ernst of Iowa led a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing the Farmers First Act of 2023, legislation to address the mental health epidemic in rural America and expand access to critical mental health support and resources for agricultural communities.
Source: Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin
Apr 25, 2023 - Describes the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), a track in the Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that aims to reduce health disparities for rural people in Wisconsin. Students and alumni of the program describe their experiences. Of the 252 graduates between 2011 and 2018, 49% are practicing in rural Wisconsin.
Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison News
Apr 19, 2023 - Describes factors surrounding the death of a Wisconsin dairy farmer by suicide and efforts by health professionals and religious leaders to provide help for farmers suffering from depression and anxiety. Discusses higher rates of suicide among farmers compared to the general population. Subscription may be needed to read the entire article.
Source: New York Times
6-Week Waits, 1 Counselor for 8 Rural Districts: These Are Some of the Hurdles Facing Youth Mental Health
Apr 15, 2023 - Explores the workforce challenges faced by rural school-based counseling services' ability to address mental health issues for rural children in Wisconsin.
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio
Last Updated: 6/1/2023