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UW-Eau Claire, Marshfield Clinic Health System partner to break down barriers to health care access

A partnership between UW-Eau Claire and Marshfield Clinic Health System that helps area residents overcome challenges in accessing health care and related services has received a $1 million grant to help more people in the Chippewa Valley and beyond.

The grant, in support of the Community Connections Team program, is from the Wisconsin Partnership Program administered by UW-Madison. UW-Eau Claire students volunteer as community health workers on the Community Connections Team, assisting people who have difficulty accessing health care and related services to get the help they need. 

A recent Eau Claire Leader Telegram story featured UW-Eau Claire student Katelyn Kleutsch, a biology major who will attend dental school following her May graduation, and who also is a Community Connections Team volunteer at Marshfield Clinic Chippewa Falls Dental Center.

“There are so many things that can have a negative impact on someone’s health,” Kleutch says in the story. “You hear about the different challenges people face; then you try to help them find a solution and improve their health.”

The Community Connections project stemmed from a University Honors Program civic engagement course at UW-Eau Claire. The interdisciplinary program is supported on campus by the Health Careers Center, Institute for Health Sciences, University Honors Program, and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences to address the health care needs of low-income residents of the Chippewa Valley.

Read the full Leader Telegram story about the impact of the Community Connections Team.

Top photo caption: UW-Eau Claire biology student Katelyn Kleutsch is among the UW-Eau Claire students who are part of the Community Connections Team, a partnership between the university and Marshfield Clinic Health System that helps community members with limited access to health care and related services to find the help they need. (Photo by Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, used with permission.)