Marathon County brings Rural Health Initiative to farmers

If you're a farmer, we don't have to tell you how busy your schedule can get. And a doctor check-up is probably the last thing on your to do list. Many farmers are either under insured or too busy to visit the doctor, which is why Marathon County is offering a new program to farmers that brings the doctor to their front door.

It's called the Rural Health Initiative, and it started in Shawano County over a decade ago. Medical professionals go door to door providing basic heath care screenings and advice to anyone who signs up.

Misty Vogel, the co-chair of the steering committee for the Rural Health Initiative, said as a farmer she thinks the new program is a great opportunity. “To actually make an appointment with the doctor to go into town is a bit of an undertaking,” said Vogel, “It takes a significant chunk out of our schedule.”

Fellow farmer, Brian Forrest, said, “We plan on taking advantage of this resource... We have 25 employees. So I think it would be absolutely wonderful.”

Forrest owns Maple Ridge Dairy, and he plans to spread the word about this non for profit program to other farmers in the area.

Farmers can set appointments anytime after today, but doctor visits won't begin until after June 1st. Appointments can be scheduled through the Outreach Health Coordinator, Nina Poch. Her number is 715-650-1027, and her email is

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