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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Nicholas Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: In partnership with Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and other organizations, create a responsible substance use culture.

Strategy 3: Enhance primary prevention and education - alcohol

  • The hospital will collaborate with community partners to assess readiness for change related to the culture of alcohol within our community.

Strategy 5: Increase access to treatment

  • The hospital will provide funding for the initiation of a dual-licensed position in behavioral health and substance abuse at Lakeshore Community Health Care (LCHC). This will increase access to services for the uninsured and underinsured in our community.

Strategy 6: Create a recovery community

  • The hospital will develop a partnership with community agencies to promote and increase access to recovery support for individuals with substance misuse and abuse.

Strategy 7: Advocate and support policy change related to alcohol and drug abuse

  • The hospital will collaborate with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and local partners to advocate for higher reimbursement rates to maintain/increase the AODA workforce and to maintain/increase access to AODA treatment services.

Goal: In partnership with Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and other organizations, promote healthy nutrition and physical activity.

Strategy 1: Create a culture of healthy eating

  • The hospital, in partnership with Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and the Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB), will promote and provide healthy food choices in food pantries, empowering the people who use the food pantries to make the best nutritional choices for themselves and their families.
  • The hospital will plant an onsite garden and donate all produce to the Sheboygan County Food Bank.
  • The hospital will partner with HSC 2020 and the SCFB to develop a produce collection program -- Produce for Pantries -- for employers within our community.

Strategy 2: Increase access to healthy foods to address food insecurity

  • The hospital will continue support of the Double Your Bucks (DYB) program and the Farmer’s Market Intern Program to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for FoodShare recipients.

Strategy 3: Promote a lifespan of physical activity

  • The hospital will develop a partnership with HSC 2020 and other community agencies to promote and increase physical activity.

Strategy 4: Promote best practice worksite wellness

Goal: In partnership with Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and other organizations, create a responsible substance use culture.

Strategy 1: Enhance primary prevention and education – medication storage and disposal

  • The hospital will provide support for biannual Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 medication take-back events to increase awareness of and opportunities for individuals to properly dispose of unused medications.
  • HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Behavioral Health, along with their community partners, will develop a plan to distribute medication lock boxes to targeted agencies to deter inappropriate diversion of medication.

Strategy 2: Enhance primary prevention and education – Narcan (Naloxone)

  • The hospital will partner with community agencies to support at least two Narcan educational training sessions annually.

Strategy 4: Enhance primary prevention and education- prescription medications

  • Promote community-wide education. This includes education to prescribers about the risks, and practices to prevent misuse and abuse of prescription medications.

Strategy 5: Increase access to treatment

  • The hospital will provide funding for the initiation of a dual-licensed position in behavioral health and substance abuse at Lakeshore Community Health Care (LCHC). This will increase access to services for the uninsured and underinsured in our community.

Strategy 6: Create a recovery community

  • The hospital will develop a partnership with community agencies to promote and increase access to recovery support for individuals with substance misuse and abuse.

Strategy 7: Advocate and support policy change related to alcohol and drug abuse

  • The hospital will collaborate with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and local partners to advocate for higher reimbursement rates to maintain/increase the AODA workforce and to maintain/increase access to AODA treatment services.

Goal: In partnership with the Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and other organizations, promote positive mental health.

Strategy 3: Increase access to mental health services

  • The hospital will actively support Mental Health America (MHA) to maintain a comprehensive listing of mental health providers in the county on the MHA website.
  • The hospital will explore opportunities to partner with MHA and other community organizations to define the access to mental health services issues within our community.

Goal: In partnership with Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and other organizations, create a responsible substance use culture.

Strategy 5: Increase access to treatment

  • The hospital will provide funding for the initiation of a dual-licensed position in behavioral health and substance abuse at Lakeshore Community Health Care (LCHC). This will increase access to services for the uninsured and underinsured in our community.

Goal: In partnership with the Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 and other organizations, promote positive mental health.

Strategy 1: Build a trauma informed/resilient community

  • The hospital, in partnership with Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, and other organizations, will promote and support education on trauma-informed care.

Strategy 2: Promote and support suicide prevention efforts

  • HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Behavioral Health QPR trainers will provide at least two Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) education sessions annually to raise awareness of suicide prevention and resources.
  • In addition, staff will provide support to the community QPR initiative by participating in additional community programming.
  • The Eastern Wisconsin Division (EWD) hospitals of Hospital Sisters Health System will create a divisional suicide prevention plan. EWD will explore the zero suicide model as part of the discernment process.

Strategy 3: Increase access to mental health services

  • The hospital will actively support Mental Health America (MHA) to maintain a comprehensive listing of mental health providers in the county on the MHA website.
  • The hospital will explore opportunities to partner with MHA and other community organizations to define the access to mental health services issues within our community.