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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

Goal: By 2020, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, in partnership with the Brown County Health Department and other organizations and the Alcohol and Drug Task Force will create community-wide partnerships with individuals, families and organizations creating cultural change that leads to a measured decrease in binge drinking behavior, drug use and fatalities.

Strategy 1: Access

  • Create a community-wide portal for patients and providers to access where AODA services are available.
  • Participate in the asset-mapping process to identify where gaps exist in accessing AODA services.
  • Support the expansion of recovery coaching as a way to offer support to those awaiting services.
  • Collaborate on community stakeholder initiatives that are focused on opioids and identify any crossover to the AODA task force surrounding access to treatment/support.

Strategy 2: Policy

  • Partner with law enforcement and the tavern league to assist in supporting policies that lower the risk of deaths associated with driving while under the influence.
  • Advocate for the uniform and effective request of the “Place of last drink” report from tavern owners.
  • Advocate for and support legislation that creates increased access to care for those suffering with substance abuse/misuse.
  • Identify and communicate a minimum of two best practice approaches that decrease exposure of drugs and alcohol to youth, and support needed policy or practice changes in the community.
  • Annually educate legislators and community stakeholders, at a community event, on needed policy change that impacts alcohol and drug misuse.
  • Collaborate with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) to advocate for new and innovative policy and/or legislative changes that support a healthy substance use culture in Brown, Oconto and Sheboygan Counties.

Strategy 3: Public awareness

  • Support a minimum of two community conversations and public awareness events around alcohol and drug misuse annually.
  • Create a video in partnership with HWLI (Healthy Wisconsin Learning Initiative) that creates awareness around “access to care” for those struggling with substance misuse.
  • Partner with statewide coalitions to raise awareness and identify key practices that influence culture. Evaluate these practices and implement these in Brown County as appropriate.
  • Participate in a minimum of two field trips each year that bring task force members out into the community to engage with key stakeholders that are impacted by drug and alcohol addiction and misuse.
  • Create a process for sustaining the notification letter that goes out to local establishments and organizations that are hosting events. This letter will outline best practices for safe serving. Also establish the process to send a “thank you” to those organizations that follow the best practice standards.

Goal: Increase number of individuals with healthy weight

Strategy 1: Food as medicine

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center will work collaboratively with the Brown County Health Department to improve equitable access to healthy food, and increase the proportion of Brown County residents who consume the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables by at least two percent (short term) and four percent (long term) by:

  • Establishing relationships with various community groups and offering assistance to facilitate change or maintenance for programs that focus on consumption of healthy foods
  • Monitoring healthy food donations at Scouting for Foods drive
  • Maintaining and promoting Food Drive 5 toolkit
  • Monitoring and encouraging food pantry infrastructure that promotes healthy food choices
  • Institute a platform of healthy snacks in the school system by eliminating candy, high fat snacks and soda from vending machines and cafeterias
  • Tracking the ratio of eligibility for EBT program to those who use the Double Your Bucks program at the farmer’s market
  • Ben’s Wish program that assists local communities in fighting food insecurity issues through food drive collection, weekend backpack program and educational activities.

Strategy 2: Movement as medicine

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Support will work collaboratively with the Brown County Health Department to decrease physical inactivity (short-term by two percent, long-term by four percent) through empowering community members to use active means of transport/movement by partnering with the Greater Green Bay Active Community Alliance. Encourage Brown County residents to utilize community resources (e.g. walking/biking trails, fitness centers, etc) and facilitate campaign(s) that promote(s) healthy lifestyles through safe and affordable modes of physical activity (as measured by a decrease in physical inactivity) by structuring the work around the three Es (engineering, education, enforcement). Together, we will accomplish this by:

  • Inventorying existing initiatives that are in alignment with this objective.
  • Partnering with the Greater Green Bay Active Community Alliance to create a more active and connected community.
  • Developing an educational strategy using the three Es in partnership with the Greater Green Bay Active Community Alliance.
  • Monitoring utilization trends of active design and infrastructure to identify gaps and opportunities to improve.

Strategy 3: Culture change

HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center will work collaboratively with the Brown County Health Department to link LIFE study data, CHIP and The GROW Project together to collaborate on community initiatives. Together we will create a community driven by multi-sectored partnerships supportive of cultural well-being that improves the health of Brown County by:

  • Convening meetings with leadership from LIFE study, CHIP and the GROW Project.
  • Testing a community education platform supporting the connection between nutrition, movement and health status.
  • Engaging and empowering the growth and development of relationships between agencies in the food-related and well-being sectors.
  • Adopting Healthful Hospital Food American Medical Association Resolution 406.

Goal: By 2020, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, in partnership with the Brown County Health Department and other organizations and the Alcohol and Drug Task Force will create community-wide partnerships with individuals, families and organizations creating cultural change that leads to a measured decrease in binge drinking behavior, drug use and fatalities.

Strategy 1: Access

  • Create a community-wide portal for patients and providers to access where AODA services are available.
  • Participate in the asset-mapping process to identify where gaps exist in accessing AODA services.
  • Support the expansion of recovery coaching as a way to offer support to those awaiting services.
  • Collaborate on community stakeholder initiatives that are focused on opioids and identify any crossover to the AODA task force surrounding access to treatment/support.

Strategy 2: Policy

  • Advocate for and support legislation that creates increased access to care for those suffering with substance abuse/misuse.
  • Identify and communicate a minimum of two best practice approaches that decrease exposure of drugs and alcohol to youth, and support needed policy or practice changes in the community.
  • Annually educate legislators and community stakeholders, at a community event, on needed policy change that impacts alcohol and drug misuse.
  • Collaborate with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) to advocate for new and innovative policy and/or legislative changes that support a healthy substance use culture in Brown, Oconto and Sheboygan Counties.

Strategy 3: Public awareness

  • Support a minimum of two community conversations and public awareness events around alcohol and drug misuse annually.
  • Create a video in partnership with HWLI (Healthy Wisconsin Learning Initiative) that creates awareness around “access to care” for those struggling with substance misuse.
  • Partner with statewide coalitions to raise awareness and identify key practices that influence culture. Evaluate these practices and implement these in Brown County as appropriate.
  • Partner with key stakeholders around their work surrounding opioid abuse and utilize existing educational materials to create awareness in the community.
  • Support the drug take-back events, either through volunteering at event or educating the community.
  • Participate in a minimum of two field trips each year that bring task force members out into the community to engage with key stakeholders that are impacted by drug and alcohol addiction and misuse.

Goal: Brown County will improve access to mental health services, information, and education for all populations in the county by creating a common platform that consumers, mental health providers, partner agencies, and stakeholders can access.

Strategy 1: Screening tool assessment and best practice identification

  • Assist in completing an inventory of current behavioral health screening tools used across settings.
  • Assist in completing an inventory of current suicide risk screening tools used across settings (consider collaboration with the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention on this activity).
  • Identify best practice behavioral health screening tools and develop recommendations for tools used in various community settings.
  • Identify best practice suicide risk screening tools and develop recommendations for tools used in various community settings.

Strategy 2: “No wrong door” access platform for mental health treatment and providers

  • Implement Trilogy – network of care in collaboration with NEW Connections
  • Work with primary care providers to identify education needs and strengthen primary care as the entry point to “Right Care, Right Person, Right Time” mental health treatment.
  • Investigate and implement a “no wrong door” referral process between community agencies to guarantee the right access at the right time.

Strategy 3: Develop a network of peer support, increasing availability of immediate resources to community

  • Complete an inventory of current mental health peer support resources available in the community.
  • Identify educational/training programs available to those interested in providing peer support in the community (e.g. QPR, Mental Health First Aid, etc).
  • Develop a peer support network, implement services and provide resource contacts to community organizations and agencies.

Oral Health (sustain goal)

  1. Promote and improve oral health and assure access to effective and adequate oral health services for the benefit of all Brown County citizens.
  2. Reduce the number of oral health related emergency department visits
  3. Improve the oral health services available for Medicaid and uninsured patients.

Strategy 1: Outreach Referral Process--Increase awareness of medical staff about options for dental treatment for children and adults.

  • Attend meetings at the hospitals with the ER Physicians, OBGYN, and Pediatricians and hand out the Oral Health brochures and RX pads every six months. Track data from RX referrals.
  • A member of the oral health team will monitor dental access for disabled patients who need to be seen in hospital under sedation.

Strategy 2: Marquette Student Externship-- Host Marquette dental student in Brown County in an effort to attract more Marquette dental professionals to Brown County.

  • Visit Tri County to see how program works for their clinic.
  • Outflow to Marquette School of Dentistry
  • Involve local dentist’s through the BDK /mentorship

Strategy 3: Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby -- Children and Pregnant women in Brown County have more favorable overall health, and lower caries (tooth decay) rates.

  • Explore option if an oral health intake question can be added to the OB/GYN health histories in EPIC.
  • Keep this program separate from our outreach referral process.

Strategy 4: Legislative Pursuits -- Increase medical, dental, and legislative cooperation via health professional meetings and legislative lobbying efforts.

  • Identify ideas how Oral Health would like to present the oral health coalition to legislative members
  • Work with Heidi Selberg to help ways in reaching out to these legislative members
  • Invite community members to attend oral health meetings and offer CEU options to increase meeting attendance