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Sue Ann Says Column

November: Emily's Fund


October: Straight Talk About HPV

September: Oral Health


Lung Cancer Strikes Nonsmokers Too 


Meet Pat Van Acker 



Comings and Goings
Welcome to Stacy Schmitt from Juneau in Dodge County! Stacy attended a GrapeVine Project Orientation in Madison on Wednesday, November 11th.
Recently resigned from the GrapeVine Project
   Marilyn Duguid, Madison


Thank you for not only presenting sessions, but your work "behind the scenes" here at the WWHF with the Project. 
Save the Date
15th Annual Spring Gala
Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Capitol Rotunda
Madison, WI
13th Annual Gathering
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Marshfield, WI
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November 2013

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween. 
Onward to Thanksgiving!thanksgiving-tree-header.jpg
Program Updates
GrapeVine Sessions
In September, 6 sessions were held  reaching 66 women.  They were:
  • Columbia County - Janice Petersen & Ardyce McMillen
  • Dane County - Jane Jenson
  • Green County - Kris Wisnefske
  • Milwaukee County - Linda Radder
  • Rock County - Shirley Brown (2) 

Thank you educating individuals in your communities!


If you presented in October, please be sure your paperwork has been sent in so that the information is available for our next newsletter.

Participant Comments from September Sessions - Have you taken any action or made changes to improve your health?      

09/11/13 (Mental Health) - "I'm receiving in-home therapy."
09/19/13 (Heart Disease) - "Re-up with my cardiac rehab program."
09/27/13 (Oral Health) - Learned about the connection between osteoporosis and bone loss in jaw, causing the loss of several teeth - "Gone back to taking calcium supplements hoping it will help with further bone loss."  
Health Information
Alzheimer's Information
Last month several of the GrapeVine's Faith Community nurses attended our dialogue "Women & Aging: The Impact of Dementia" prior to attending the GrapeVine Project Trainings in Madison and Milwaukee.

Both the Dialogue and trainings included some great discussion and comments about research, community resources, and individuals' stories. Below please find some links for your reference:


   Teepa Snow is a dementia expert who trains and consults for agencies, facilities, and families.


   Senior Helpers is a business that provides a wide range of senior services.


   Frontline recently did a 2-hour show entitled League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.


   The Wisconsin Music and Memory Initiative is a program through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services involving 100 nursing homes throughout the state.


   The book Super Brain was written by Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer's. This youtube video is a quick synopsis of the link between sleep and brain health - - how delta wave sleep helps short term memories become about  long term memories.


    UW Milwaukee grad Andrew James Gralton has put together documentary about his mother who was stricken with dementia at the age of 48. The  piece chronicles the evolution of her condition during the past 10 years and his experience as one of her caretakers. Cinders is a snapshot of that experience.


    One of the Dialogue panelists mentioned a peanut butter sniff test for Alzheimer's.  Here's a link to the article that ran in USA Today and a follow-up article that ran on MedPage Today.

Medication Information
Also at the trainings we talked about the BEERS list and the MicroMedex mobile app.
Faith Community Nursing Scholarships
Application Guidelines are now available for our 2014 Faith Community Scholarships. Two scholarships for up to $750 will be awarded. Applications are due January 15, 2014.  Please share with any nurses you feel would benefit from the course.
Health Observances

December Observances


Please see last month's newsletter for links and information on the following December observances: 
  • World AIDS Day
  • National Handwashing Awareness Week
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month



January Observances


The 2014 National Health Observance calendar of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was not available when this email was sent.  However, I was informed that it would be updated in November.  So please check their website later this month.


According to the National Wellness Institute located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin the January observances are:


Cervical Health Awareness Month - Visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition for more information.


National Birth Defects Prevention Month - Information can be found at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation or the Center for Disease Control & Prevention.


National Blood Donor Month - Perhaps you could help organize a blood drive.


National Glaucoma Awareness Month - Visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation for more information.

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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