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Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Tomah Memorial Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Current Action:

  • Reasonable Suspicion Training: This presentation covers the physical, mental, and emotional effects of drug and alcohol use (both short and long term) with information specific to Monroe county. Participants are shown what signs to look for in drug abuse and how to help someone who is struggling with substance abuse.  
  • Cancer Prevention Presentations: One of the ways to reduce your risk of developing cancer is to limit the amount of alcohol consumed. These presentations encourage healthy alcohol consumption and cover some of the physical and emotional effects of long term alcohol abuse.
  • Attendance of the “Wake-Up Call” Room: Monroe County Safe Communities Coalition sponsored an event where interested parties were shown how a child can hide drug or alcohol use within their room.    

Future Action:

  • We’re currently working with the Monroe County Health Department, WHEEP Western Healthcare Coalition, and Couleecap, a non-profit organization that fights poverty and promotes self-sufficiency, economic development, and social justice, to host several presentations about the effects of drug & alcohol. The Lybert Family from Your Choice to Live, LLC will be sharing their story of how drug and alcohol use affected their family with High School and Middle Schools students in the Tomah, Cashton, and Sparta School Districts. A presentation from the entire Lybert family will also be held for Monroe County to address the drug and alcohol about issue.  

Current Action:

  • Women and Men’s Health Night and the Senior Health and Safety Expo- All of these events are planned and sponsored by the hospital and provide free health screenings, health information, and healthy refreshments.  
  • Winnebago Wednesday presentations: Winnebago Wednesday occurs each week during the summer months and encourages children to have fun with learning. Tomah Memorial has an interactive booth every year where kids are shown different fun ways to stay active throughout the year.  
  • Healthy Eating and Quick Cooking Presentations: These presentations discuss easy and cheap ways to prepare foods that could be purchased at local farmers’ markets and produce stands. Crock pot meals, ways to freeze foods, and meal planning are also discussed to encourage cooking in the home.  
  • Heart Health Presentations: These presentations focus on teaching people to control their blood pressure and weight by limiting the amount of processed foods they eat. It encourages them to cook more of their own foods and also limit their amount of added sugars.  
  • Whitney’s Healthcheck on Lynxx 24 network: These monthly presentations discuss health issues affecting Americans and offer healthy lifestyle changes to enhance quality of life.  
  • Label Reading Presentations: Many people don’t read the labels on food because they don’t understand how to read a food label or what exactly the numbers mean. These presentations give some pointers on things to look for on the food label and how to choose healthier processed food options in the grocery store.
  • Employee Wellness Committee: This committee exists to improve the health of Tomah Memorial’s employees and the lives of their families.  
  • Health Fair Participation: Tomah Memorial participates in local health fairs and wellness events every year. This year’s focus was encouraging people to decrease the amount of added sugar in their diet. Participants were shown how to read food labels, how to determine how much processed sugar they were eating, and alternatives to high sugar foods.  
  • Monthly Wellness Presentations: Tomah Memorial works with local factories and community organizations to provide monthly wellness information to encourage healthy lifestyles. These presentations cover topics like diabetes, heart health, sleeping better, weight management, healthy eating, blood pressure, cholesterol, stress management, etc.  
  • Health Risk Assessments: Tomah Memorial offers Health Risk Assessments (both basic and comprehensive) where participants learn about their health risks and receive health coaching to encourage healthy behavior changes.  
  • Impact Tomah: Tomah Memorial is a sponsor of the “Impact Tomah” Project to encourage weight loss and healthier lifestyle choices for people in the Tomah area.  

Future Action:

  • We’re in the process of fostering further relations with the Tomah Area School District to explore how the hospital can help promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Current Action:

  • Reasonable Suspicion Training: This presentation covers the physical, mental, and emotional effects of drug and alcohol use (both short and long term) with information specific to Monroe county. Participants are shown what signs to look for in drug abuse and how to help someone who is struggling with substance abuse.  
  • Attendance of the “Wake-Up Call” Room: Monroe County Safe Communities Coalition sponsored an event where interested parties were shown how a child can hide drug or alcohol use within their room.  
  • Thiesen’s Grant: Tomah Memorial Hospital, Monroe County Safe Communities Coalition, and the Monroe County Health Department have received a grant to provide presentations on locking up and properly disposing of medication to the public. Personal medication lock boxes will be purchased and given to many of the local daycares in Monroe County who do not have a place to safely lock away medication. The grant will also help purchase a larger medication drop box for the Sparta Police Department to handle the large volume of medications dropped off at the department.  

Future Action:

  • We’re currently working with the Monroe County Health Department, WHEEP Western Healthcare Coalition, and Couleecap, a non-profit organization that fights poverty and promotes self-sufficiency, economic development, and social justice, to host several presentations about the effects of drug & alcohol. The Lybert Family from Your Choice to Live, LLC will be sharing their story of how drug and alcohol use affected their family with High School and Middle Schools students in the Tomah, Cashton, and Sparta School Districts. A presentation from the entire Lybert family will also be held for Monroe County to address the drug and alcohol about issue.  
  • Telehealth Mental Health: Tomah Memorial has partnered with the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, and the Monroe County Health Department to provide 8 hours of psychiatric telehealth services per month to underserved clients within Monroe County.

Current Action:

  • The hospital is a part of the Monroe County CHIP Mental Health Workgroup in order to discover how we can expand the mental health services available to Monroe County. The workgroup is currently focusing on youth in Monroe County.
  • Stress Relief Presentations: These presentations introduce healthy ways to handle stress, including how to start a beginner exercise program and ways to manage stress eating.
  • National Night Out: A night the hospital sponsors and helps coordinate where the police, emergency responders, and the community come together to promote safety, health, anti-crime activities, and neighborhood friendliness.  
  • Telehealth Mental Health: Tomah Memorial has partnered with the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, and the Monroe County Health Department to provide 8 hours of psychiatric telehealth services per month to underserved clients within Monroe County.  

Future Action: 

  • In 2017, we’ll provide QPR Suicide Prevention Trainings to students in the Cashton and Tomah Area School Districts and to Emergency Department Staff at Tomah Memorial Hospital to better equip them to deal with people struggling with suicidal thoughts.  
  • The Monroe County CHIP Mental Health Committee will work to provide Mental Health First Aid Presentations to Monroe County High School health classes.  

Youth Resilience

Current Action:

  • The hospital has a presence on the Tomah Boys and Girls Club Executive Board and is currently working on programming to increase students’ abilities to manage stress and prepare for adulthood.
  • Tomah Memorial has a presence on the Tomah Boys and Girls Club Education and Resource Committees, finding volunteers and educational presentations to enrich students in the Tomah area.

Current Actions:

  • The hospital currently offers a community babysitting class that equips children 11-15 years to handle the responsibility of caring for another child.  
  • The hospital offers water birth, prepared childbirth, breastfeeding, sibling, and infant CPR & car safety classes to increase the quality and safety of basic childcare.  
  • National Night Out: A night the hospital sponsors and helps coordinate where the police, emergency responders, and the community come together to promote safety, health, anti‐crime activities, and neighborhood friendliness.  

Workforce Readiness

Current Action:

  • Tomah Memorial Hospital has partnered with the Tomah High School to support the Healthcare Careers Class and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification Class. Tomah Memorial donates the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/AED and First Aid Certification Courses to the Healthcare Careers and the CNA classes. These certifications are a prerequisite for many of the programs in the healthcare field.  
  • Hospital Tours: To show students the diversity of the healthcare field, students in the Healthcare Careers Class receive an extensive hospital tour that includes personal discussions with hospital staff about the various positions available, amount of school involved, and types of personalities that may excel in certain positions.  
  • CNA Clinical Rotation: Tomah High School CNA students are able to complete their clinical requirement for certification here at Tomah Memorial Hospital
  • HIPAA Training: The hospital provides HIPAA training for the Tomah High School CNA class, so they can better serve in the healthcare field.  
  • Junior Achievement Classes: Tomah Memorial sends a volunteer to teach a Junior Achievement Class every spring. Junior Achievement helps students learn about business, money management, careers, and the importance of community.  
  • Reality Check at Tomah High School: Tomah Memorial sponsors and provides volunteers for the Tomah High School “Reality Check” day were students learn to balance a check book, pay bills, pay insurance, and deal with life’s issues in a “real life” scenario to prepare them for adulthood and life after high school.  

Future Action:

  • The hospital is working with the Tomah Area School district to continue developing the opportunities and trainings available for the CNA and Healthcare Careers classes.  

Workforce Readiness

Current Action:

  • Tomah Memorial Hospital has partnered with the Tomah High School to support the Healthcare Careers Class and the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification Class. Tomah Memorial donates the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/AED and First Aid Certification Courses to the Healthcare Careers and the CNA classes. These certifications are a prerequisite for many of the programs in the healthcare field.  
  • Hospital Tours: To show students the diversity of the healthcare field, students in the Healthcare Careers Class receive an extensive hospital tour that includes personal discussions with hospital staff about the various positions available, amount of school involved, and types of personalities that may excel in certain positions.  
  • CNA Clinical Rotation: Tomah High School CNA students are able to complete their clinical requirement for certification here at Tomah Memorial Hospital
  • HIPAA Training: The hospital provides HIPAA training for the Tomah High School CNA class, so they can better serve in the healthcare field.  
  • Junior Achievement Classes: Tomah Memorial sends a volunteer to teach a Junior Achievement Class every spring. Junior Achievement helps students learn about business, money management, careers, and the importance of community.  
  • Reality Check at Tomah High School: Tomah Memorial sponsors and provides volunteers for the Tomah High School “Reality Check” day were students learn to balance a check book, pay bills, pay insurance, and deal with life’s issues in a “real life” scenario to prepare them for adulthood and life after high school.

Future Action:

  • The hospital is working with the Tomah Area School district to continue developing the opportunities and trainings available for the CNA and Healthcare Careers classes.  
  • The hospital is working with the Boys and Girls Club to host a “Teen Night” centered on health education and job readiness. This night would be a similar event to the current Hospital Men’s Night and Women’s Night, just geared toward a younger population.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)  

Current Action 

  • ACEs Training held at Tomah Memorial Hospital: Tomah Memorial and the Monroe County CHIP Mental Health Workgroup received a grant to host “From Trauma to Resilience: Fostering Hope through Trauma-Informed Care” presented by Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. This training focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences and increasing the community’s collective ability to support individuals who have experienced traumatic events. Healthcare personal, teachers, social workers, and public health workers were present at the training.  
  • The Hospital is the co-chair of the Monroe County CHIP Mental Health Committee and the topic of ACEs is addressed throughout the year at monthly meetings. The committee continues to look for opportunities and partnerships to increase the number of community members trained in ACEs and trauma informed care.