May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The State of Wisconsin is working to promote awareness of the importance of mental health through programs designed to provide information and support to those in need.

The Dept. of Health Services has resources available online to assist Wisconsin residents understand the importance of mental health, how to talk about mental health, and where to seek help.

In 2019, the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention began to convene to study and work to address the impact of suicide in Wisconsin. According to the webpage, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Wisconsin. This bipartisan task force will travel around the state to hear from survivors, experts, advocates and families who have been impacted in order to better support those struggling and to improve resources for suicide prevention. Policy recommendations are expected to be released fall 2019.

For reports and information about the programs state agencies are implementing to support mental health, visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here are just a few reports available:

For more information about mental health and access to immediate help go to MentalHealth.gov.

 

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Fish Stocking in Lake Michigan

According to a recent article, stakeholders in the $2.3 billion fishing industry in Wisconsin feel that the 40% cut back of fish stocked in Lake Michigan over the last 10 years has contributed to the decrease in business for almost all lake shore businesses. A request made by the stakeholders to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to increase stocking efforts in Lake Michigan by over 40% the next three years is being considered by the DNR.

Learn more about fish stocking in Lake Michigan by accessing plans and reports in the Wisconsin Digital Archives . Here is just some of what you’ll find in the Wisconsin Digital Archives:

To learn more about fish stocking throughout Wisconsin, visit the DNR website.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

 

Wisconsin’s Agricultural Economy

According to 2018 statistics from the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Wisconsin is home to about 7,600 dairy farms, more than any other state, and 1.28 million cows.​ The dairy industry itself contributes $45.6 billion to Wisconsin’s economy each year. A recent news article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel though indicates that in the first half of 2019, a total of 449 dairy farms were lost in Wisconsin alone which is at one of the fastest rates since the Great Depression.

A recent report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) based on data from 2017, The Contribution of Agriculture to the Wisconsin Economy, showed a shift of economic growth over the past 5 years from dairy farming to food processing in Wisconsin. Food processing includes dairy, vegetables, fruit, beef, pork, poultry and other products. An analysis of the UW report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel does emphasize that regardless of growth seen in food processing, the demise of farms is worrisome because they are the lifeblood of many rural communities and support food processors as well.

In response to the decline in dairy farms in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 was created in June 2018 as a joint effort between DATCP and the UW System to study the Wisconsin dairy industry with the goal of making recommendations on actions needed to maintain a viable and profitable dairy industry in Wisconsin. The task force released their final report in June 2019.

Access to the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0’s final report is available through the Wisconsin Digital Archives along with other agricultural reports and statistics for research:

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Workforce Data: Industry and Occupation Projections

According to a recent Forward Analytics report on employment, pay and education, Wisconsin’s economy is slowly transitioning to high-skilled, higher-paying jobs. Wisconsin Public Radio provided highlights of the report which showed jobs requiring a bachelors degree or associates degree grew almost 12 percent from 2012 to 2018. Those that require only a high school diploma or less grew 6 percent or less.

Additional workforce data published by the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development (DWD) is available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives. This data provides detailed information about the labor force, industry employment and wages, and employment projections broken down by county. This data is useful to better understand Wisconsin’s workforce and how it’s changing.

Here are just a couple of reports available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives:

For more information about industry and occupation projections, visit the DWD webpage.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Wisconsin Elections Commission

Spring election day is the perfect opportunity to highlight the work of the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the information they make available to Wisconsin residents. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is responsible for administering and enforcing Wisconsin elections law. They also help keep voters informed through the MyVote Wisconsin webpage by providing information about how voters can find their polling place, view ballots, request an absentee ballot, and register to vote.

The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to the publications of the Wisconsin Elections Commission including annual reports and election manuals. Below are just a few examples of titles available in the collection. Click here to see the entire list.

Statistics are available from the Wisconsin Elections Commission webpage about voter turnout from previous partisan and nonpartisan elections in Wisconsin and monthly voter registration by ward, municipality, county, state assembly district, state senate district congressional district and age.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

 

Oral Health in Wisconsin

The Oral Health Program at the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) describes its mission as promoting and improving oral health for the benefit of all Wisconsin citizens. The program website lists various ways the program accomplishes their mission including policy development, technical assistance, needs assessment, training, education, and through the planning, implementation, and evaluation of preventive oral health programs.

The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to the reports and surveys published by the Oral Health Program. Here are just a sample of what you’ll find:

Click here to see all state documents about oral health available through the Wisconsin Digital Archives. For additional information, visit the DHS website.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Statistics About Wisconsin Women in Government

The Wisconsin Women’s Council is described online as a statutory commission on the status of women and girls meant to enhance the ability of all Wisconsin women to participate fully and equally in all aspects of life. The Council reports on the status of women in Wisconsin related to the economy and social equity.

The Wisconsin Women’s Council recently published reports about women in government. These reports are all available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here are just a few of the most recent reports you’ll find:

Click here to see all the reports published by the Wisconsin Women’s Council available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives or visit the Wisconsin Women’s Council’s webpage to learn more about the various initiatives and events they have planned.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Understanding Transportation Funding

Would you like to know more about how funding for Wisconsin roads works? The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to reports and statistics published by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation (DOT) that outlines the various aspects of funding for Wisconsin roads.

The DOT publishes a biennial report called, Transportation Budget Trends. The 2018-2019 report was recently released. This report is a biennial report intended to provide information about how Wisconsin’s state and federal transportation are distributed across all the various transportation modes. The Wisconsin Digital Archives has Transportation Budget Trends reports for 2002 through 2018-2019.

The DOT publishes a series of reports also found in the Wisconsin Digital Archives that provide information on specific transportation funding topics. Here are just a few of the reports available:

For more information about funding Wisconsin roads, visit the DOT website.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Supporting Wisconsin’s Local Economy

‘Tis the season to support Wisconsin’s economy by purchasing products and gifts made in Wisconsin! The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) coordinates several programs to help support local business throughout the year.

The Wisconsin Foods Program is described on the DATCP website as an economic development program designed to promote local and regional sales of Wisconsin products, keeping food dollars in the state. The Wisconsin Foods Program provides a variety of resources for producers as well as grant funding through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Program for industry innovation.

The DATCP also coordinates the Something Special from Wisconsin marketing program. Wisconsin producers can apply to be a member of the Something Special from Wisconsin program and benefit from having the logo on their products. According to the Something Special from Wisconsin webpage, the logo is a quick and reliable way to identify genuine Wisconsin products and services at grocery stores, retail outlets, farmers’ markets and restaurants throughout the state.

Learn more about the impact these programs have on Wisconsin’s local economy and how to buy local by visiting the Wisconsin Digital Archives . Here are just a few publications available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives:

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Elder Abuse in Wisconsin. There’s Help Available.

Wisconsin state agencies have been working collaboratively to promote awareness to Wisconsin residents about the growing problem of elder abuse. Programs and services have been developed by state agencies to help people identify and report cases of elder abuse and to help victims and their families receive support.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) has a website dedicated to connecting older adults in Wisconsin to a variety of programs and services to help with identifying and reporting elder abuse. A list, that includes a brief description of programs and services, is available online. Also online is a complete list of elder adults-at-risk help lines for each county.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced in a recent news release that they were awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. According to the news release, “the “Abuse in Later Life” grant program will provide training and advanced victim services on elder abuse at project sites in Wisconsin.”

In an effort to promote awareness about the risks of elder abuse, the DOJ also launched a new website earlier this year, www.ReportElderAbuseWI.org. This website provides information about how to recognize and report elder abuse and information about programs and services designed to connect victims to the help they need at the local and state level.

Learn more about elder abuse in Wisconsin in the Wisconsin’s Annual Elder Abuse and Neglect Report published by DHS. Reports for 2004-2017 are available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Life Long Learning.