Waushara County Health News

It takes a village to raise a child


It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb that means the upbringing of a child is a communal effort. For this, community is defined as everyone in the immediate family, extended family, neighbors, and friends. Children are considered a blessing for the whole community.

As many parents can provide evidence, raising children is hard work. Now imagine, being young, without family support, with no income, and just found out you were pregnant. Many people wonder how someone can provide for and nurture a child in this situation.

According to the County Health Rankings, Waushara County has the fifth highest teen birth rate in Wisconsin. This, however, is not just a teen problem. As a community, everyone has a role to play in the health of our family, friends, employees, and students.

The United States Department of Health & Human Services states that as a community people can encourage local schools in continuing to provide effective health and reproductive education. Parents and guardians have a role to teach and support the education given to our students.

Waushara County residents live in a rural community that has a lot to offer. The challenge is connecting people to resources. Waushara County Health Department is actively working to provide resources and education to our community. In an effort to connect with people, there will be a free Community Baby Shower on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma.


This event will have many community minded businesses and organizations offering their resources. Please plan to attend if you are pregnant or are a mom of young children. Family and friends are welcome to attend, as well.