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Sue Ann Says Column

April:  Breast Cancer Does Not Care What Age You Are


March: Obesity During Pregnancy 

Comings and Goings
The following nurse has retired/resigned from their volunteer service in the GrapeVine Project:
Peggy Bezruki
Dane County
Thank you,Peggy!
You will be missed.
Upcoming Events
13th Annual Gathering
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Marshfield, WI
Use of Information
If you use the Sue Ann Says column, we ask that you include the following:  "This column is reprinted with permission from the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation (WWHF). WWHF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help Wisconsin women and their families reach their healthiest potential. For more information, please go to
If only using part of the column, use the words "in part" after the word reprinted in the above sentence.
Participant Counter

Our goal is to reach 750 participants this year.


From January thru March we reached 252 women (34% of our goal).
May 14, 2014
I do believe Spring has finally arrived.  Trees are budding, flowers are blooming and people are out taking advantage of the warm sunny weather.
I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day weekend.
Program Updates
GrapeVine Sessions
In March, seven sessions were held reaching 73 women.  They were:
  • Dane County - Sue Richards (2)
  • Green County - Vicki Evenson
  • Sauk County - Lori Rudolph (1) and Tammy Koenecke (1)
  • Milwaukee County - Pat Shapiro
  • Waukesha County - Marie Crowley

Thank you for educating individuals in your communities!


If you presented in April, please be sure to send in your paperwork so participants will receive their follow-up survey and that the information is available for future newsletters.

Surveys Updated

Please note that the surveys used in all of the educational units have been revised. The Healthy Aging Brain survey is dated 09/13 and all other units are dated 01/2014.  Please discard previous versions.  If you need new copies, please contact Nora or visit our website page to download.
Looking for new Partners
greyscale-dr-advice.jpgDo you know of other Faith Community nurses who would like to become involved with the GrapeVine Project?  If so, please let me know and I will contact them and add them to our list for invites to future training events.

Participant Comments from March Sessions


What is the most important message you remember from the session?


03/12/14  (Healthy Aging Brain) "I must take care of this old lady."


Have you taken any action or made changes to improve your health?


03/03/14  (Healthy Aging Brain) "I'm trying to exercise more and do different things to challenge my brain."


03/06/14  (Healthy Aging Brain) "Doing crosswords, working on picture puzzles, reading more."


03/17/14  (Women and Bone Health) "I am on the Save Our Bones Program by Vivian Goldschmidt, MA."


03/27/14  (Women and Heart Disease)  "I had my blood pressure taken and am watching my diet more closely."

CME Opportunity
The Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, in partnership with CS2Day and IPMA, is pleased to announce a new web-based CME entitled Perinatal Smoking Cessation: Challenges and Opportunities.

This CME/CE activity provides in-depth information about smoking cessation during the weeks just prior to and after delivery and is presented by a panel of Wisconsin-based providers. It includes case studies illustrating effective strategies for treating tobacco dependence in the perinatal population and common barriers to quitting smoking. 


Details, including a link to the course, can be found here.

Health Information

Type 2 Diabetes May Shrink the Brain - A new study suggests that people with Type 2 Diabetes may lose more brain volume than expected as they age. Researchers said there may be two ways diabetes affects the brain: damage to blood vessels and brain-cell degeneration. The additional damage may be more like a disorder such as Alzheimer's. The study did not determine whether treating diabetes will prevent or slow the brain shrinkage.  Read more on the study.


Breast Cancer Conference for Community Health Workers The American Cancer society is sponsoring a breast cancer conference for community health workers at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee on Friday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is free but limited. Register online here or toll free at (888) 523-7581.


Silver Alert Program - Last month, Wisconsin joined 41 other states that have Silver Alert-type systems. The Silver Alert system notifies the public in case of a missing elderly person, much like the Amber Alert system does in case of a missing child in danger. More than 110,000 adults in Wisconsin have dementia and approximately 60 percent of elderly affected by dementia will become lost or wander.  If these individuals are not found within 24 hours, many will suffer serious injury or death.

Health Observances

June Observances


Please see last month's newsletter for information on the following June observances or click on the links below:


June is also National Dairy Month which ties in nicely with osteoporosis.  So if you weren't able to do a Women and Bone Health session in April for Osteoporosis Month, maybe one during Dairy Month! 


Feel free to use this article during June Dairy Month in your bulletins or newsletters. 



July Observances


Click on the observance to go to a website with more information.


International Group B Strep Awareness Month - Group B Strep (GBS) is the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, and each pregnancy can be different. GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.


Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month - It is a common misconception that only  "old" people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA). An umbrella term that describes the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children 16 or younger, JA is not the same as grandma's aches and pains. Their body's immune system is attacking their joints, causing swelling, stiffness and permanent damage. This condition is extremely serious; if left untreated it can result in death.

National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month - Thousands of infants, children, teens and adults in the United States each year are affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions. Visit the website to learn more about these conditions, including causes, prevention, treatment and support.
Thank you for all you do for the GrapeVine Project. 
Nora Miller
Program Manager, EveryWoman's Journal/GrapeVine Project
Grants and Awards Coordinator
Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation | 800-448-5148 
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