PATCH Central Wisconsin
Working together to improve health care experiences
for youth in our community.
At PATCH Central Wisconsin we are passionate about improving adolescent health care experiences and, since 2018, we've been working directly with youth and health care professionals to do just that!
Each year, 10-12 high school students are hired as Teen Educators to lead educational workshops with peers and health care professionals.
These youth experts are responsible for cultivating open and honest dialogue about adolescent health and prove that young voice do matter, because THEY are the experts.
Training, Enrichment, & Advocacy
Each year, after a competitive application and interview process, a small, diverse group of 14 - 18 year old Teen Educators are hired from the Marathon County community. Upon hiring, all Teen Educators go through a 24-hour training process that prepares them for their role as workshop facilitators and advocates. In addition to this training, Teen Educators attend two enrichment meetings each month. During these meetings, Teen Educators learn about and discuss a variety of health topics from trusted community sources. This learning better connects the teens with community resources and helps them develop skills to better access and take control of their own health.
As part of their employment, Teen Educators become expert presenters, powerful storytellers, and reliable resources for their peers. They are also encouraged to take information gained through PATCH and participate in any number of health related advocacy efforts! For many, working as a Teen Educator allows them to find their voice, develop their story, and identify their passions.
Teen Educators use these skills to empower other adolescents and to inspire health care providers to make positive changes within their community.
PATCH Central Wisconsin offers two different educational workshops. Each workshop focuses on the Three R's of PATCH: Relationships, Rights, and Responsibility!
PATCH for Teens: Peer-to-Peer is an interactive 60-minute workshop. It is youth lead and focus on 'Getting the Care You Need and Deserve'! Teen Educators can lead with workshop with youth groups, student organizations or clubs, community centers, or any other place where adolescents gather to learn!
The PATCH for Providers workshop is a one-of-a-kind experience where health care professionals get the opportunity to engage with today's youth in a new way! The 90-minute teen-facilitated workshop will help health care professionals better serve adolescent patients. Teen Educators share their accurate and authentic insights into the concerns, preferences and realities that impact the health care experiences of today’s youth.
Not in Marathon County?? We are always happy to visit adolescents and health care providers from around the region so pleasure reach out with your workshop request! We'd love to work with you!
Thanks to Our Supporters!
Our work would not be possible without the support from individuals, organizations, and businesses in our community! From donating time and energy to money and materials we simply couldn't do it without these people! You can show your support by joining our Community Advisory Team, Donating to PATCH, or even scheduling a workshop!
Community Advisory Team
The Community Advisory Team is a group of volunteer community members who provide ongoing support and oversight to local Program Sites. Current members include:
Amy Pruneske | Medical College of Wisconsin - Central WI
Anna Bauman | Medical College of Wisconsin - Central WI
Bradly Parker | Merrill School District
Christine Reynebeau | Boy Scouts
Corrie Norrbom | Medical College of Wisconsin - Central WI
Elizabeth Wendt | Medical College of Wisconsin - Central WI
Gail Kell | Area Health Education Centers
Jacob Prunuske | Medical College of Wisconsin - Central WI
Julie Cutright | Wood County Health Department
Karen Wegge | DC Everest School District
Nicole Thill | Area Health Education Centers
Noelle Kohlar | Area Health Education Centers
Patty Zemke | Wausau School District
Patrick Galligan | Wausau School District
Sonal Chandaratre | Medical College of Wisconsin - Central WI
Financial Support & Donations
We especially thank the following organizations for their support in the form of funds, space, and/or resources: North Central Health Care,
And a special shout out to the following companies for food donations - feeding our youth and supporters during important events: Woodman's Markets.