PATCH WAUSAU

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Serving all northcentral Wisconsin communities

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Working together to improve health care experiences

for youth in our community.

At PATCH Wausau 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.

Meet the 2021-2022 Teen Educator Team!

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Brady, 16

My name is Brady, I use he/him pronouns. I am 16 and a junior at Rhinelander high school. When I am not in school or working, I enjoy playing basketball. I joined PATCH because I want to help my community be more knowledgeable with their health care.

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Danicah, 17

Hi! My name is Danicah and I am a senior at Wittenberg Birnamwood High School. My pronouns are she/ her. I am 17 years old and a fun fact about me is that my favorite state is South Dakota. This will be my third year at PATCH and I love it because I’m able to help teens have a voice and understand their rights when it comes to healthcare.

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Kashia, 17

Hi! My name is Kashia! My pronouns are she/her/hers, I'm 17 years old, and I'm a senior attending Wausau West High School. Some things that I enjoy doing are playing guitar, reading, tennis and watching anime. I joined PATCH because I want to empower teens to their rights in healthcare and to make a positive difference in my community by being able to educate and provide resources to teens.

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Malina, 16

Hi, my name is Malina. I am 16 years old and I am a junior at Mosinee high school, my pronouns are she, her, hers. I love to spend time with my family camping in the summer. I joined PATCH  because I want to give teens the most knowledge they can about their health care.

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Mallory, 15

Hi I'm Mallory! I use she/her pronouns and I'm a sophomore at Marathon high school. I enjoy reading, writing, playing the piano, and kayaking. I joined PATCH to expand my knowledge of mental health problems and use new resources to help people!

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Malya, 17

Hello! My name is Malya, and I am a senior at D.C Everest and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I love hanging out with my friends and watching Criminal Minds. I joined PATCH so I could help myself and other teens learn how to take better control of their health.

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Piper, 15

Hello! My name is Piper, I'm a sophomore at Marathon High School and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I love fiddling around with my guitars and other instruments, AND I am in the process of learning piano! I initially joined PATCH because I was interested in seeing what they were about, but I learned so much in the first few days that I'm sure none of my peers know. I'm now a part of it because other teens should know what we do, and this is a perfect place to show them!

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Samuel, 17

Hello there, my name is Samuel, my pronouns are he/ him, some of my interests include photography and activism, and this is my last year at Wausau West. I joined PATCH because I want to make a positive change with how queer teens are treated in the community.

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Sylvia, 15

Hello! My name is Sylvia and my pronouns are they/them. I'm a Sophomore at Wausau East and I like to draw! :) Some of my hobbies are binging Criminal Minds and cross country skiing, but you will most often find me curled up with a good book! I joined PATCH because I want to be an advocate for my peers, and I hope to make a difference in their lives.

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Tolu, 16

Hi, my name is Tolu! I’m 16 and a junior at D.C. Everest Senior High School. My pronouns are she/her/hers. In my free time I enjoy golfing, studying new languages, watching Korean dramas on Netflix, and playing the piano as well as the guitar. I joined PATCH in order to understand my community and peers on a more personal level.

Contact PATCH Wausau Staff

Our Site Coordiantor, Paula, is ready to answer your questions about: workshops, Teen Educator applications, joining the Community Advisory Team, or anything else!

E-mail us at wausau@wipatch.org. Or, give us a call 715.227.2640.

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Thanks to Our Supporters!

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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,

North Central WI Area Health Education Center.

 

And a special shout out to the following companies for food donations - feeding our youth and supporters during important events: Woodman's Markets​​.