About Thrive

2017 Know Your Numbers Event- May 9-12 
Additional details can be found on the Events Page or on the flyer below.
Know Your Numbers Flyer 2017  

Community Health Improvement Plan/Process:

Background: Since the mid 1990’s, local health departments have been statutorily responsible for providing community health assessments. These assessments look at the current health of the community, as well as needs, to improve the quality of life for Barron County residents.  As a part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, all non-profit hospitals must also conduct a community health assessment.

For the first time, community partners are working towards the same goal. Cumberland Healthcare, Lakeview Medical Center, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield Dental Clinic, and Mayo Clinic Health System have all been actively working with Public Health so all community members can have a voice in the plan.

Purpose: A steering committee formed to:

  • Assess the community health survey that was distributed to Barron County residents in March of 2012.
  • Review health problems, with preventable cause, that impact Barron County Residents.
  • Identify community strengths and resources to address given health problems.
  • Select top health priorities focus areas for the next three to five years.
  • Develop goals, measurable outcomes and strategies to address the top health priorities.
  • Incorporate health plan goals and strategies into the day-to-day activities.

Branding:  The steering committee decided these efforts needed a brand.  A few meetings were spent working with different names, mission, vision, and logos.
Thrive Barron County was born in June 2012,

  • Mission: Thrive Barron County will work to engage community members and organizations to focus resources and develop and strengthen partnerships to establish sustainable, safe and healthy communities
  • Vision: Community members and organizations working together to improve the quality of life for everyone in Barron County.
  • Logo: (see above)

The Community Health Assessment Day

  • On September 26th, the Thrive steering committee invited ANY and all Barron County residents to a one day community forum from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The forum allowed participants to become more informed about the CHIPP process, and to help identify three health priorities to focus on.  This was an invitation to join the conversation about the health of Barron County and its residents.
  • The Thrive steering committee constructed a day of learning, discussion, identifying needs, and combining efforts to put a plan together.

Priorities identified on September 26th 2012.

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Chronic Disease
  • Mental Health

On October 10th 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Community Health Action Teams (CHATs) started planning, and brainstorming health improvement initiatives.


  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Chronic Disease-pre diabetes
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Mental Health Youth Access