Serving all northcentral Wisconsin communities


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 2020-2021 Teen Educator Team!

Annaliese, 17

Hi! My name is Annaliese. I am seventeen years old and I am a senior at Wausau West. My pronouns are she/her/hers and a fun fact about me is that I have three kittens.

Cole, 17

My name is Cole.  I am a senior at Wausau West High School this year.  I enjoy playing soccer, fishing, and learning about my friends.  I joined PATCH because I want to learn more about other individuals' stories too.  I want to use these stories to help better healthcare relationships between teens and providers.

Danicah, 16

Hey! My name’s Danicah! I’m 16 and a Junior at Wittenberg Birnamwood High School. My pronouns are she, her, hers. A few fun facts about me are that I’m a cheerleader, I have a Flemish Giant rabbit, and I like to listen to music. This will be my second 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.

Hayley, 17

Hi, I am Hayley, I am 17, I go to Wausau East High School, and my pronouns are she, her, hers. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and listening to music. I joined PATCH in order to educate other teens about their rights.

Kashia, 16

Hi! My name is Kashia, and I'm 16 years old. My pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a junior attending Wausau West High School. I love music related activities, and enjoy playing tennis, reading, baking, playing guitar, and spending time with my family. I joined PATCH because I want to help bring awareness to the rights teens have to healthcare and share my insights as a teen.

Kian, 17

Hi, my name is Kian and I am a senior at Wausau West High School. My pronouns are he/him/his. I enjoy biking, running, playing baseball, and water skiing. I joined Patch because I want to help get all people the care that they deserve.

Malina, 15

Hi! I’m Malina. I am 15 years old and am a sophomore at Mosinee High School she, her, and hers. I enjoy playing volleyball and basketball and volunteering. I want everyone of all ages, especially teens who don’t have the best lives to have the best health care options and experiences possible!

Malya, 16

My name is Malya and I am 16 years old. I am a junior at the D.C Everest Senior High, and my pronouns are she, her, hers. Although I don't have a lot of hobbies I really enjoy hanging out with my friends. I joined PATCH because mental health has always been a topic I've enjoyed talking about. I wanted to be able to connect teens to resources in our community, and to help them become more comfortable talking about mental health with friends, family, and our health advisors.

Omolola, 17

Hi my name is Omolola. I am 17 and attend D.C. Everest High School as a senior. In my free time I love to watercolor, play golf, and watch some of my favorite cartoons. In the future I hope to pursue a career in the medical field where I can make a positive impact on the health of those in my community.

Sylvia, 14

Hi, my name is Sylvia, I'm fourteen and a freshman at Wausau East High School! I'm comfortable using all pronouns, but I may ask you to use different ones depending on the day. 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.

Contact PATCH Central Wisconsin 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 Or, give us a call 715.227.2640.

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,

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​​.