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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Joseph

Implementation Approaches

-Promote and educate the community on healthy eating habits.

-Educate school-age children and young adults on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

-Participate in the One Milwaukee Summit Health Collaboration.

-Ensure appropriate follow-up care for underserved patients using Wheaton Franciscan Emergency Department for primary care.

-Continue to participate in the Milwaukee Healthcare Partnership Emergency Department Care Coordination Initiative. 

-Specialty Access for Uninsured Partnership (SAUP) Program.

-Actively screen uninsured patients for financial assistance programs, including Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Community Care, our financial assistance program for patients in need.

-Primary care physicians and community health workers to increase access to health care for population.

-Promote early, high-quality prenatal care for all residents in Milwaukee with a specific focus in the zip codes near St. Joseph that have a high infant mortality rate

-Create culturally sensitive, comprehensive safe sleep programs that are shared with the women and families in our sites and within our communities.

-Assure that women of childbearing age have resources to get the care they need before conception to reduce the risks of medical conditions that affect pregnancy outcomes in our community.

-Utilize the St. Joseph Women’s Outpatient Center to:  

  • Provide care to women regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Collaborate with partners on reducing disparities in birth outcomes.
  • Offer more scheduling options for appointments to improve access to care.
  • Offer Progesterone.

-Promote early, high-quality prenatal care for all residents in Milwaukee with a specific focus in the zip codes near St. Joseph that have a high infant mortality rate

-Ensure that pregnant women with a history of preterm birth are offered and receive the highest quality of care.

-Create culturally sensitive, comprehensive safe sleep programs that are shared with the women and families in our sites and within our communities.

-Educate school-age children and young adults on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Participate in the One Milwaukee Summit Health Collaboration.

-Offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to the community.