Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes stopped by NorthLakes Community Clinic – Park Falls to learn more about healthcare in northern Wisconsin.During his visit, Lt. Governor Barnes met with NorthLakes staff to hear firsthand stories about how NorthLakes is working hard to remove barriers to care throughout northern Wisconsin.
Currently, NorthLakes Community Clinic has clinics in 12 communities throughout northern Wisconsin. In 2018, over 15,000 individuals utilized their clinics and more than 11,000 children participated in outreach programs such as School Based Behavioral Health Counseling and Seal-A-Smile. In Park Falls, NorthLakes Community Clinic recently merged with Chiropractic Health Services, which has been providing innovative chiropractic care to the Park Falls region for decades.
Of the visit, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes says, “I’m always amazed to see how uniquely different community health centers are from one another. Community health centers do an amazing job at shaping their services and care to the true needs of the community they serve—and I saw exactly that at NorthLakes Community Clinic in Park Falls. It’s great to see their chiropractic care helping improve the health of so many people.”
In addition, the visit allowed an opportunity for NorthLakes administration to share their perspectives on the roles federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) such as NorthLakes Community Clinic can work with the State of Wisconsin to bring forward healthcare solutions.
“We genuinely believe that offering preventative, comprehensive care to individuals regardless of their ability to pay is fiscally responsible and the right thing to do,” says NorthLakes CEO Reba Rice. “We know that preventative care is cost effective and leads to long-term health outcomes. We are also working hard with our community partners to understand and find solutions around how we continue to address many of the health disparities our patients and community members experience throughout their lives.”