Public discusses solutions to health issues in Eau Claire Co.

(WEAU) - The health issues confronting Eau Claire were on the table to discuss Thursday night at a public meeting.

The Eau Claire Healthy Communities Council hosted the second of two meetings where people were prioritizing and making plans to address health issues in the area. The top three issues that the community chose at the first meeting were mental health, alcohol and drug use and chronic disease.

Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director Lieske Giese says people getting involved can make a huge difference. "You know these problems are not easy problems to address, so having community partners at the table working together will make a huge difference. We can't do it alone, the health department can't do it alone, the hospitals can't do it alone. Together we can really make some change happen."

This meeting was sponsored by the council, Mayo Clinic Health System, Sacred Heart Hospital and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

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