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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Objective 1: Develop programming to support diagnosis and treatment of seniors with AODA/ polypharmacy issues.

  • Develop a Senior AODA program — An intensive outpatient program for substance abuse
  • Educate consumers about the “Beers Criteria” — Programming that educates consumers and caregivers about medications that pose potential risks of adverse drug interactions

Objective 2: Support training and education for credentialing of master’s prepared abuse counselors

  • Provide credentialing assistance for licensed psychotherapists to add the Substance Abuse Specialty

Objective 3: Instruct those suffering from chronic pain in alternative coping methods

  • Provide a free chronic pain self-management program — An evidence-based multi-week workshop addressing positive lifestyle changes supporting those living with chronic pain

Objective 4: Provide multiple venues/ opportunities for education and prevention activity in the community

  • Actively support Waukesha Drug Free Communities prevention events by holding community training and providing expert speakers
  • Provide learning experiences about the dangers of alcohol impairment, especially while driving — Obtain alcohol impairment goggles, train staff in their use, and include related programming in community events, fairs and classes.

 

Objective 1: Develop programming to support diagnosis and treatment of seniors with AODA/ polypharmacy issues.

  • Develop a Senior AODA program — An intensive outpatient program for substance abuse
  • Educate consumers about the “Beers Criteria” — Programming that educates consumers and caregivers about medications that pose potential risks of adverse drug interactions

Objective 2: Support training and education for credentialing of master’s prepared abuse counselors

  • Provide credentialing assistance for licensed psychotherapists to add the Substance Abuse Specialty

Objective 3: Instruct those suffering from chronic pain in alternative coping methods

  • Provide a free chronic pain self-management program — An evidence-based multi-week workshop addressing positive lifestyle changes supporting those living with chronic pain

Objective 4: Provide multiple venues/ opportunities for education and prevention activity in the community

  • Actively support Waukesha Drug Free Communities prevention events by holding community training and providing expert speakers
  • Provide learning experiences about the dangers of alcohol impairment, especially while driving — Obtain alcohol impairment goggles, train staff in their use, and include related programming in community events, fairs and classes.

 

Objective: Enhance education, understanding and credentialing for those providing care to the senior population

  • Conduct professional education events aimed at elevating knowledge and adoption of best practices in health care for older adults.
  • Expand NICHE certification program aimed at providing education to clinical nursing staff on issues related to the care of older adults.

Objective: Support training and education for credentialing of master’s prepared abuse counselors

  • Provide credentialing assistance for licensed psychotherapists to add the Substance Abuse Specialty

Objective 1: Provide opportunities for senior citizens and their caregivers to enhance knowledge and coping skills by addressing psycho-social, physical and basic needs.

  • Develop targeted programming for seniors that combines socialization, health screenings, healthy eating and education on a variety of topics vital to senior health and wellbeing.
  • Expand offerings of free, evidence-based community education programs addressing needs associated with the aged.

Objective 2: Enhance education, understanding and credentialing for those providing care to the senior population

  • Conduct professional education events aimed at elevating knowledge and adoption of best practices in health care for older adults.
  • Expand NICHE certification program aimed at providing education to clinical nursing staff on issues related to the care of older adults.

Objective 1: Develop a home visitation program to address the behavioral health needs of the homebound

  •  Support high-risk patients in their homes via home visits

Objective 2: Expand screening for depression and other mental health issues

  • Develop/expand the use of screening tools, including those for depression, caregiver fatigue and AODA issues

Objective 3: Educate and instill coping skills for individuals by providing no-cost resilience support groups

  • Provide stress reduction workshops and group sessions
  • Peer and family workshops – Following an evidence-based model, partner to provide support sessions for those affected by or who have a loved one affected by mental illness
  • Dementia-friendly training – Educate staff and the community by increasing awareness and understanding of dementia-type diseases, decreasing the stigma of the disease.