CHAT Community Health Action Teams
Since 2001, ThedaCare has organized Community Health Action Teams (CHAT Teams) to help guide local community health work in each of our hospital markets. These CHAT Teams, comprised of community leaders and those with experience across all sectors (government, public health, business, education, healthcare, philanthropy, non-profit, faith), help make sense of local health improvement opportunities and co-create innovative solutions for positive change.
At the heart of CHAT is an event called a “plunge,” a day-long field trip into the heart of the community to learn firsthand from those most affected by the health issue being studied. ThedaCare has conducted more than 35 plunges with the participation of over 2,000 community leaders to learn about the needs of our communities and find proactive ways to be part of the solution.
Major initiatives resulting from the CHAT model include:
Provides support of someone with lived addiction experience in life of an overdose victim.
Engages the diverse faith communities in creating a healthier Fox Cities.
Rural Health Initiative
Takes healthcare services to the farm in Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie Counties.
NEW Mental Health Connection
Brings together 90+ mental health agencies and stakeholders to improve access to mental health services in the community.
Voices of Men
Men taking responsibility for violence against women and children.
Make the Ride Happen
Arranges rides for seniors and others hampered by lack of transportation.
CHAT Members by Community
Andy Sell Jake’s Diapers Becky Sell Rivershores Church Beth Oswald Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Casey Getz Rivershores Church Carl Cartwright Berlin School District Jayme Sopha Marquette County Public Health Kathy Munsey Green Lake County Public Health Katie Gellings Green Lake County UW Extension Kelli Tarlton ThedaCare Administration-Berlin Kyochul Shin Markesan United Methodist Church Marge Bostelmann Community Volunteer Mindy Collado Tri-County Boys and Girls Club Nichol Grathen Green Lake County DHHS Paula Morgen ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Tammy Bending ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin Tracey Ratzburg ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Amy Putzer Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Becky Bartoszek Fox Cities Chamber Bee Yang Hmong American Partnership Ben Vogel Appleton Area School District Chris Matheny Fox Valley Technical College Courtney Weiland ThedaCare Family of Foundations Dale Gisi ThedaCare Dennis Episcopo Appleton Alliance Church Dr. Imran Andrabi ThedaCare Dr. Montgomery Elmer ThedaCare Physicians – Kimberly Ernesto Gonzalez Casa Hispana Greg Lemke Rochon Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley Joe Mauthe Pillars Kurt Eggebrecht Appleton Health Department Martin Rudd University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Mary Downs Catalpa Health Peter Kelly United Way Rayon Brown Fox Valley Technical College Tammy Geenen Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Tim Galloway Galloway Company Andy Wilson Mission of Hope House April Kopitzke NL Area Chamber of Commerce Barb Neumann Community Volunteer Bill Schmidt Community Volunteer Carrie Kreps Wegenast Tyson Foods, Inc. Dave Morack Waupaca County Alderperson , 5th District David Corso ThedaCare Medical Center-New London & Waupaca Ginger Arndt New London Parks and Recreation Georgette Coppersmith Festival Foods, New London Jed Wohlt Waupaca County DHHS Kira LeNoble Marion Elementary School Patricia Toney Community Volunteer Paula Morgen ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Scott Bleck New London School District Tina Bettin ThedaCare Physicians-Manawa Tracey Ratzburg ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Alysia Pillsbury Little Rapids Corp Dr. Brian Grieves Grieves Chiropractic Dr. Mindy Frimodig ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano George Lenzner Shawano County Sheriff’s Department Jennifer Frost Shawano County Human Services Julie Chikowski ThedaCare Lindsay Johnson Shawano Business Improvement District Matt Hendricks City of Shawano Park and Recreation Megan Suehring Shawano County UW Extension Matty Mathison Shawano Pathways Nancy Schultz United Way Nick Mau Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Dept. Paula Morgen ThedaCare Rep. Gary Tauchen Wisconsin State Assembly Stacey Cicero Safe Haven Theresa Harmala Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Dept. Wendy Crawford Shawano Chamber of Commerce Michael Sleeper CRI Erin Prey Shawano School District Michael Skenadore Menominee Tribal clinic Randi Anderson Shawano School District Jen Bisterfeldt SAM25 Muffy Culhane SAM25 and TC Peter Thillman SCEPI Patti Woeslaw Family Services Aaron Holt Waupaca County Drug Court Amy Powell Waupaca Area Regional Ministry Andrew Whitman Waupaca Parks and Recreation Bill Lipschultz Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club Brian Hoelzel City of Waupaca Police Department David Corso ThedaCare Medical Center NL & Waupaca Dennise Ross Hometown Pharmacy – Waupaca Elissa Stults Catalpa Health – Waupaca Ellen Wenberg, M.D. ThedaCare Heidi Cuff ThedaCare Medical Center Waupaca Jeanine Bode Community Volunteer Jed Wohlt Waupaca County DHHS Jesse Cuff Waupaca County Veteran’s Office Jim Webb Behavioral Health Jody Pankratz Waupaca Learning Center Paul Shrode Fox Valley Technical College Patsy Servey Waupaca Public Library Peter Akright Community Chaplain Sara Timm Waupaca Foundry Tracey Ratzburg ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Paula Morgen ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Alan Ruetten Farmers State Bank of Waupaca Amanda Williams ThedaCare Family of Foundations Christine Brown FVTC Wautoma Craig Hayes Wild Rose School District Debbie Paavola Waushara County Dept. of Aging Jan Novak Waushara County DHS Jane Erickson Community Volunteer Jeff Martz Martz Insurance Agency Jennifer Koeppl Koeppl Law SC Jennifer Sigourney ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose Lisa Kilawee Family Health La Clinica Mary Ann Schilling Waushara County UW Extension Patti Wohlfeil Waushara County Public Health Department Paula Morgen ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement Tammy Bending ThedaCare Critical Access Hospital – Wild Rose & Berlin Tom Rheinheimer Wautoma Area School District Wally Zuelke Waushara County Sheriff Tracey Ratzburg ThedaCare-Community Health Improvement