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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Ministry St Michael's Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Decrease obesity for adults and children in Portage County

Strategies: 

-5210 Program

  • MSMH will provide funding to the Stevens Point YMCA to continue and expand their 5210 programming within multiple school systems within Portage County. 5210 is an awareness/education program branded at the YMCA which reflects the daily guidelines recommended by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics to help reduce the obesity epidemic in youth. There is programming in place at eight elementary schools in Portage County which will reach approximately 200 elementary school age children each year.

-Triple Play Program

  • MSMH will partner with the Portage County Boys and Girls Club to support their Triple Play program. Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits, increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities, and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships.

-Prescriptions for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

  • Stevens Point’s MMG Pediatrics practice will give “prescriptions” for fresh fruits and vegetables to families of obese children who are at the 95th percentile or higher for BMI. This program will be patterned after the program which was successfully implemented by the Aspirus system.

-Breastfeeding

  • MSMH will continue to pursue a national “Baby Friendly Hospital” designation from Baby Friendly USA. This designation is a multi-year project to improve overall breastfeeding rates (both initial and ongoing) and support to breastfeeding among families who are served here. The process includes policy development, staff training, prenatal and postpartum teaching plans, and linkages to community resources.

-Water Stations in Portage County School Systems

  • Water plays a positive role in a person’s health. Area hospitals and several Portage County schools do not have water bottle filling stations which would allow improved access for students to easily fill a bottle that can increase their consumption of water as a preferred beverage of choice. According to the CDC, providing students with access to safe, free drinking water throughout the school day is one strategy schools can use to create an environment that supports health and learning.

-Access to Oral Healthcare

  • Ministry Dental Center will provide dental care to low income families who are recipients of medical assistance benefits.

-Children’s Oral Health

  • Ministry Dental Center will begin to provide preventative services, education and referrals for dental care at the Boys and Girls Club.
  • Portage County Seal-a-Smile program will continue to provide sealants and referrals as needed.

Oral Health

Goal: Improve oral health in the community.

Strategies: 

-Early Oral Health

  • Ministry Dental Center will increase the number of caregivers asking to have their young child seen for dental exams before the age of one.
  • Establish routine referral practices from medical providers by working collaboratively with Ministry Pediatrics and Family Practice Departments in the Stevens Point area
  • Provide educational programs in the community, in particular, in tandem with programs that support young children and their families such as MSMH WIC (Women & Infant Center), Portage County Health and Human Services WIC (Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program) unit, pediatricians and other public health programs targeting young families.
  • Advocate for private dental practices to accept the young child into their practice

-Oral Health Care During Pregnancy

  • Ministry Dental Center will work with OBGYN and primary care providers to establish a referral system to dental providers when a pregnant woman is seen for their first pre-natal appointment. Through the referral system, dental providers will be notified of the health status of the pregnant patient. Dental and medical providers will collaborate on care plans as needed. Pregnant women will receive education on the importance of good oral health care during pregnancy.

-Children’s Oral Health

  • Develop a mapping of fluoride aquifers in Portage County to identify the levels of fluoride in rural water wells. Identifying fluoride deficient areas in Portage County will allow Portage County Health and Human Services to distribute fluoride tablets to families as indicated. The community will be educated on water fluoridation and the benefits of fluoride in drinking water.
  • Ministry Dental Center will begin to provide preventative services, education and referrals for dental care at the Boys and Girls Club.
  • Portage County Seal-a-Smile program will continue to provide sealants and referrals as needed.

-Access to Oral Healthcare

  • Ministry Dental Center will provide dental care to low income families who are recipients of medical assistance benefits.