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Rotary Member of the Week
Virginia Mazza
Our “Good News & Awards” co-chair has been a member of Marshfield Rotary since 2004. Ginny and Joe have lived in the Marshfield area since 1969 when he joined the Marshfield Clinic staff. They raised four children and have eight grandchildren. Virginia was employed for many years in the Pediatrics Department of St. Joseph's Hospital and at Mid-State Technical College. She has long been involved in community affairs, including Partners with St. Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Area Habitat for Humanity. Ginny & Joe were co-chairs of the 2009 United Way campaign as well as co-chairs of the recent capital campaign for the library/community center. She has been very active with Rotary Winter Wonderland. The Mazzas enjoy spending time at their Minocqua lake cabin as well as golf and traveling. Ginny is on our Club’s Board of Directors and serves as chair of Intergenerational Service. Ginny says she loves being a Rotarian for the opportunities it gives her to make a difference in the world. 
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Community Health and Wellness
Allison (Allie) Machtan is Community Benefits Manager of the Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Center for Community Health Advancement. Allison said the Center tries to determine what the health priorities are in the community based on data, focus groups, and experiences and then tries to build programs to address those priorities or needs. The Center has over 100 employees with varying expertise, some in alcohol & drug abuse, others in mental health, some in chronic disease, etc.

Allison projected the number “15” on the screen. Its significance? 15% of high school students in Marshfield have contemplated suicide. Then she projected “90.” That’s the number of high schoolers who have attempted suicide in the last year. The Center’s job is to determine the root causes of problems such as these and address them. About 12 people in the Center have the full time job of looking at what the community needs to do so, not just for students but also for parents, for teachers, and for families. The approach taken with one group may be very different than that taken with another. The tactics may involve looking at access to opioids or dealing with the stigma of depression. People have to feel comfortable talking about personal problems and concerns. However, Allison did say that the topic of depression is brought up at all levels of the Marshfield schools and that students are generally not uncomfortable talking about it.

Allison describes the community health priorities in Marshfield as the “ABCS.” A represents Alcohol and Substance Abuse where the main goals are to reduce underage & excessive alcohol consumption and to reduce opioid related deaths. B stands for Behavior Health which seeks to decrease suicide rates and improve social & emotional development of children & adolescents. C means Chronic Disease where the goals are to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity, improve self-management of chronic conditions, and reduce tobacco use. Finally, S represents Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in which the goals are to increase knowledge and awareness of health equity and to connect clinical practice to community efforts to address SDOH barriers.

The Center works with many partner agencies to accomplish its goals. For more information, you can contact Allison at 715-221-9872 or at

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