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La Crosse health care system teaming up with child protection training center


LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - The National Child Protection Training Center is about to join forces with a health care system based in La Crosse.

The center opened nine years ago at Winona State University in Minnesota, and it’s about to become affiliated with the Gundersen Lutheran health system.

The child protection center teaches child care providers, school teachers, social workers, police officers, and others how to identify the signs of child abuse – and to make sure they’re properly reported to people who can help.

Gundersen Lutheran CEO Jeff Thompson says the center fits well into the system’s greater mission. He says today’s health care is much broader than the traditional format of a doctor talking to a patient.

The center will continue to be headquartered at the Winona State campus, while Gundersen provides administrative, professional, and financial support.