In 2015, a partnership between all 10 public school districts in Marathon County, the Marathon County Health Department, and the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (School of Health Care Professions) resulted in the creation of the first ever Marathon County-wide Youth Risk Behavior Survey aggregate data set.
The Wisconsin Online Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation’s high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.
Marathon County Teen is a documentary video series based on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey that highlights what life is like for teens living in Marathon County. The interviews and stories feature Marathon County students in Marathon County school districts.
These students share their authentic, honest voices, without interference, about the challenges they face, the ideas they have, and how they approach the many complex facets of their high school lives.
It’s now up to us to listen.
This project was made possible by:
Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Marathon County Health Department
Prevent Suicide Marathon County
Marathon Co. Teen was created by:
Laura H. Hunt
Unspecified Services, LLC.
A community partner who leads prevention efforts to reduce substance use.
To be the community leader in eliminating the impact of substance use in Marathon County.
Marathon, Portage and Wood Counties are tobacco and nicotine free.
The Nicotine Prevention Alliance of Central Wisconsin strives to increase health through education and advocacy, creating a community environment that encourages tobacco and nicotine free living.
Our mission is accomplished by increasing knowledge and application of evidence-based practices. Our coalition works to address the burden of tobacco use and exposure in Marathon, Portage, and Wood counties.
Together we work to prevent the initiation of tobacco use by adults and youth, eliminate the exposure to secondhand smoke, promote the use of evidence-based strategies to treat tobacco dependence, and address tobacco-related disparities.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities
Individual communities working together to create a healthy Western Marathon County.
Western Marathon County Healthy Communities is comprised of a diverse group of key stakeholders from each of the seven municipalities in Western Marathon County—Abbotsford, Athens, Colby, Edgar, Marathon, Stratford, and Spencer. This coalition has enabled the communities involved to share a “collective voice”, uniting their efforts, so that they can work together to create a healthy Western Marathon County. The coalition has focused its efforts on substance abuse, mental health, and bullying prevention in Western Marathon County through collaboration, innovation, and community change using evidence-based prevention strategies. The newly formed coalition structure has allowed each of the seven unique communities to collaborate, share resources, build skills, and seek funding for substance abuse prevention efforts to This coalition structure has allowed each of the seven unique communities to collaborate, share resources, build skills, and seek funding for prevention efforts.