Ministry, local Organizations Reach Out to Mercer Residents

Ministry, local Organizations Reach Out to Mercer Residents

The pristine beauty of Mercer, Wisconsin, attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, year round. This small community, referred to as the “Loon Capital of the World,” is one of the northernmost counties of Wisconsin and is home to 1,732 residents. In this small community, many residents do not have health insurance, with 13.5 percent living below the poverty level.

Ministry Health Care is committed to living its mission by providing hands-on service to the poor and underserved populations in our communities.

Karen Lauer of Ministry’s Howard Young Medical Center, also a resident of Mercer, recognized the need for health care in her community. Along with her Mercer Lionesses and the Mercer Community Center, the team developed a small, free, health fair for the community that featured basic screenings and tests.

The health fair included flu vaccinations, hearing screenings, blood pressure screenings, eye exams, and information on women’s health, stroke prevention, dental care, domestic abuse prevention, and medication information.

“It was wonderful to see local organizations team together to address the health care needs for the residents of Mercer,” said Lauer, quality director at Howard Young. “Mercer is such a small community with twenty-five percent of the population being age 65 or older. For some, this health fair was the only medical care they’ve had in years.”

Ministry provided 53 cholesterol and blood sugar screenings, and spoke with women about the importance of mammograms. Fourteen local organizations participated in the health fair and offered the screenings at no charge. This was the second year the event was held.

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