Crawford County Public Health
PREVENT, PROMOTE, PROTECT
Did you know:
January Is National Radon Action Month
Exposure to this colorless, odorless, radioactive gas is the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Radon is naturally present in the ground and can enter buildings through their foundations. Both old and newer homes can be susceptible to radon.
Radon causes more lung cancer among non-smokers than even second-hand tobacco smoke. Fortunately, this cause of lung cancer is largely preventable; the first step is to test your home. If elevated radon is found, it can be easily and effectively corrected.
Radon concentrations in air can be measured with simple, inexpensive test kits available from hardware stores and local public health agencies. State statistics indicate that between 5 and 10 percent of homes in Wisconsin have elevated airborne concentrations of radon in the homes living space. Radon concentrations vary greatly from home to home, so any home, no matter its age, should be tested.
More than 80 radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin are nationally certified and install highly effective soil-depressurization radon control systems. Thousands of systems are installed in existing homes in Wisconsin each year. New construction should include features to reduce radon entry recommended by the standards for green building from the National Association of Home Builders.
You can find more information about radon on the DHS website at http://www.lowradon.org. Also, experts in local public health agencies can be reached toll-free statewide by dialing 1-888 LOW-RADON (1-888-569-7236).
Crawford County Public Health Department is the official agency of the County responsible for the promotion of wellness, prevention of disease by identifying and minimizing health risks and provision of a healthful environment.
Active, healthy families and persons of all ages, abilities, and cultures living, learning, working, and playing in thriving communities.
Prevention and promotion. Strategies that prevent disease and promote healthy living in healthy environments lead to long term benefits for everyone.
- Responsiveness. Provide leadership on health related issues and concerns expressed by the community, by population data and by the Board of Health
- Collaboration. Community partnerships produce well-supported and cost-effective health outcomes by bringing people, resources, and organizations together.
- Data-driven, science-based services. Effective public health interventions depend on the best and most up-to-date research and information available.
- Social justice and diversity. A healthy community recognizes that everyone’s health matters equally, and that services and solutions must be accessible, affordable, and appropriate for all.
- Customer service and accountability. As vigilant stewards of the public’s trust, we provide services that are responsive and accountable to the community’s needs.
- Skilled, innovative workforce. A well-trained, dedicated, and creative workforce is the foundation of our ability to assess and address the health of the community.
Gloria Wall, RN, BSN – Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Powell, BSN, RN email@example.com
Michelle Breuer, BSN, RN firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Cummer, BSN, RN email@example.com
Sharon Steele, Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Crawford County Public Health Committee Members
Marjory Sheckler, Phil Mueller, Gari Lorenz, Dr. Walter Boisvert, Katie McGovern, Twilia Dettman, RN, Rose Bauer, RN
8:00 to 4:30 Monday – Friday
225 N. Beaumont Rd.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821