The Menominee Community Journey to Wellness
Menominee County, which is made up of the Menominee Reservation, is the poorest Wisconsin county and currently ranks last in Wisconsin’s County Health Rankings. The Menominee people suffer from high rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and rising cancer rates that may be due to rapidly increasing rates of obesity. Realizing the need for a comprehensive, collective and sustainable plan, tribal leaders created a community engagement committee to address childhood obesity and other significant health issues. Working in collaboration with UW faculty and staff, this project coordinates efforts through a strategic evaluation process using data to drive decision-making for prevention efforts.