On Monday, April 2 Bellin College, Bellin Health and the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care co-sponsored an evening program on Human Trafficking for healthcare professionals. In October 2017 there was a news report of more than 80 people being arrested in Wisconsin as part of a nationwide human trafficking operation. Sixteen of those arrests happened in Brown County. Sadly, that was not unique. Earlier in July, 35 men were arrested throughout Brown County. Dawn Spang, outreach coordinator for EyeHeart World and Sgt. Matt Wilson from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department presented to area professionals at Bellin College on what they need to know to identify victims of trafficking and what resources are available to support survivors.
The Bellevue Fire Department has received $1,500 for ballistic vests. Bellin College presented a check to the firefighters Monday morning. The college provided funds to buy the plates that go in the vests. The Regional Trauma Advisory Council helped pay for the rest. The vests protect EMS crews who respond to an active shooter or other emergency incident. The vests are bullet-resistant and can hold emergency equipment, such as scissors, gauze and tape. The EMS crew will put the vests into service this week. The fire department has eight of them. The vests are costly for smaller departments, like Bellevue, to purchase. They rely on donations.
Simulators at Bellin College are allowing students training to be nurses and medical imagers, get more hands-on learning.
Students from Bellin College will join two professors from the Bellevue school and a pair of health professionals from Bellin Health on a flight Saturday morning to Guatemala.
On January 7-15, 2017, 13 students, 4 faculty members-nurse practitioners and Bellin Health medical providers will travel to Guatemala for a special medical mission trip serving the poorest of the poor.
Student Trips and Transformations is a service-oriented group that recently started at Bellin College. The idea came from a similar program at St. Norbert College, with the goal of nurturing health care professionals who are socially informed, empathetic and have a better understanding of the connections between health care and poverty.