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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls

Implementation Approaches

Goal: In partnership with the Chippewa County Public Health Department and other organizations, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will educate/create awareness of issues related to alcohol misuse and create awareness of and access to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse services in the community, including services offered by the hospital and affiliates. St. Joseph’s Hospital will also continue to host and support the substance abuse initiatives of the Chippewa County healthy communities’ coalition, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP).

Strategy 1: Non-Alcoholic Events/Activities

  • The hospital will support/fund area events/activities which are alcohol-free in an attempt to curb underage drinking and increase number of alcohol-free events in the community.

Strategy 2: Alcohol Misuse Community Awareness and Education

  • The hospital will coordinate/host/actively participate in a minimum of five events/activities where education related to high-risk drinking is provided.

Goal: In partnership with the Chippewa County Public Health Department and other organizations, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will educate/create awareness of substance abuse issues and increase awareness of and access to substance abuse services in the community, including services offered by the hospital and affiliates. St. Joseph’s Hospital will also continue to host and support the substance abuse initiatives of the Chippewa County Healthy Communities Coalition, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP).

Strategy 1: Increase Community Access to Substance Abuse Services

  • HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will enhance community access to Substance Abuse Services-Illicit Drugs

Strategy 2: Substance Abuse Awareness and Education

  • HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will develop/coordinate/promote/participate in a minimum of four Substance Abuse awareness/education events/activities to raise awareness and educate about substance abuse issues.

Strategy 3: Develop a Joint Advocacy and Community Benefit Implementation Plan with HSHS, Eastern Division to Address Determinants of Health (DOH) Outcomes for Substance Use

  • HSHS Western Wisconsin Division (Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Hospitals) will work collaboratively with HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division to address the DOH related to Substance Use.

Goal: In partnership with the Chippewa County Public Health Department and other organizations, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will continue existing efforts, while enhancing others, to educate/create awareness of mental health and increase access to mental health services in the community, including services offered by the hospital. St. Joseph’s Hospital will also continue to host and support the substance abuse initiatives of the Chippewa County Healthy Communities Coalition, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP).

Strategy 1: Mental Health Awareness and Education

  • The hospital will develop/promote/participate in a minimum of five mental health awareness events/activities/educational sessions annually to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Strategy 2: Promote Resilience for Chippewa Valley Youth

  • The hospital will continue to promote resilience and other protective factors in youth through active participation in the Mental Health Matters grant project from Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment-Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • The hospital’s Community Health Department will also assist the area school district in coordinating a Teen Mental Health Summit.

Strategy 3: Increase Community Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Services

  • The hospital’s Behavioral Health Services will continue to provide frontline care to address patients’ mental and behavioral health needs by offering psychiatric consultations by a psychiatrist at sister hospital, Sacred Heart, provide detox, in-patient and out-patient behavioral health services, as well as residential alcohol and other drug treatment at L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center.
  • Future plans for the hospital’s Behavioral Health Services include:
    - Imbed Behavioral Health into primary clinics (placement of a mental health/substance abuse clinician within clinic settings).
    - Increase school based counseling services. Continue to expand this service. Looking into feasibility of utilizing telehealth equipment to provide this service into rural schools.
    - Continue to work with counties to provide services to clients enrolled in Chippewa County’s Comprehensive Community Services (a Medicaid program).
    - Expand capacity of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Inpatient Behavioral Health adolescent unit from eight beds to twelve beds.
    - Expand reach of outpatient behavioral health counseling services by utilizing telehealth equipment.
    - Continue support of mental health services provided by L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center to the patients of the Open Door Clinic.

Strategy 4: Promote and Support Suicide Prevention Efforts

  • In partnership with the Chippewa County Public Health Department and other organizations, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s 3D Community Health Department will provide/promote local QPR and Mental Health First Aid training as a means of suicide prevention.