Public health and health care often work together to support each other to meet community needs.
During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States observe National Public Health Week and recognize ways to work together to support public health.
Aspirus and Marathon County support each other and the community through a data service called IMPULSE. PULSE is a website that provides clear and understandable health data to the public and reflects current health issues in the community.
The data found on PULSE is taken after Aspirus and Marathon Public Health conducted a community health needs assessment where they identified key health issues in the community. PULSE closely monitors the data surrounding these topics to give the public a deeper insight into the needs of their own community.
“Having access to current data is really important to our community, so we started exploring how we could provide access to that data. Jealth departments and the hospital came together to fund and deploy this platform and we decided to call it Marathon County PULSE. What this allows our community to do is to have access to current (health) data at their fingertips, says Tara Draeger, Director of Community Health Improvement Systems.
This platform helps the public make informed decisions about quality of life by providing relevant data about their community that is easy to view, search, compare and analyze.
“By helping Aspirus fund (PULSE) anyone in Marathon County to be able to access this data,” says Kelsey Drysdale, Marathon County Public Health Media Specialist.
PULSE continues to develop and update with new data. With this knowledge, communities and its members are able to work together to combat and monitor its most current health problems.
“When health care systems and health services can work together, we can achieve better health outcomes, which is great for the community,” says Kelsey Drysdale.
To learn more about National Public Health Week, visit nphw.org or visit marathoncountypluse.org to learn more about Marathon County PULSE.