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Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aurora West Allis Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

Activities: 

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is a collaboration of West Allis and West Milwaukee community leaders and partners working together to strengthen support and effectiveness of community interventions to address mental health and substance abuse issues in the community. As part of this initiative, AWAMC will work with the Task Force to:

  • Convene and provide group leadership
  • Identify evidence-based education on early warning signs of mental health, suicide risk and substance abuse
  • Present education to existing community groups (Interfaith, Senior Center staff, businesses, etc.) and through local media coverage
  • Work with IMPACT211 to ensure their list of community resources for mental health and substance abuse is up to date and comprehensive
  • Support Meta House Inc., a women’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, by providing volunteer staff during support group meetings
  • Provide transportation funding and support AODA treatment for women and children at Meta House, Inc. through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant
  • Provide funding for an AODA specialist to allow for expanded service hours at IMPACT Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant

Activities: 

Representatives from AWAMC will serve on the Well City West Allis/West Milwaukee Advisory Council, Task Force and Sub-committees to move the process forward to achieve the Well-City Designation by:

  • Actively promoting and recruiting businesses to join the project
  • Communicating via our website, newsletter and meetings to promote project events, trainings, collaborations and shared projects
  • Coordinating worksite wellness technical assistance
  • Supporting fundraising activities to sustain project
  • Serving on the advisory committee

Activities: 

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is a collaboration of West Allis and West Milwaukee community leaders and partners working together to strengthen support and effectiveness of community interventions to address mental health and substance abuse issues in the community. As part of this initiative, AWAMC will work with the Task Force to:

  • Convene and provide group leadership
  • Identify evidence-based education on early warning signs of mental health, suicide risk and substance abuse
  • Present education to existing community groups (Interfaith, Senior Center staff, businesses, etc.) and through local media coverage
  • Work with IMPACT211 to ensure their list of community resources for mental health and substance abuse is up to date and comprehensive
  • Support Meta House Inc., a women’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, by providing volunteer staff during support group meetings
  • Provide transportation funding and support AODA treatment for women and children at Meta House, Inc. through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant
  • Provide funding for an AODA specialist to allow for expanded service hours at IMPACT Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant

Teen Pregnancy

Activities:

  • Serve on the Shared Journeys charter school governance board
  • Provide childbirth education, breastfeeding and infant care classes; work-development and job-skills mentoring at our hospital
  • Implement the Making Proud Choices curriculum through a United Way Healthy Girls grant
  • Provide facility and in-kind services, including support for grant writing to ensure sustainability

Activities: 

  • Link Medicaid-eligible and uninsured patients with medical homes (the MHCP ED Care Coordination Initiative)
  • Embed Aurora Behavioral Health Counselor in the ED to expedite appropriate referrals and assist with navigation, facilitate interactions with ED staff, inpatient transfer, appointment scheduling and motivational interviewing
  • Provide imaging and laboratory services for Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic as necessary
  • Support expanded hours of operation at Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic through Auorora’s Better Together Fund grant

 

Activities: 

  • Identify older adults at risk for readmission at AWAMC through use of the LACE tool embedded in EPIC
  • Identify services to be put in place for patients identified as high-risk
  • Refer recently discharged patients to West Allis Fire Department Community Paramedic Program, based on likelihood of readmission
  • Screen patients for hepatitis C in primary care and specialty clinics, and to diagnose, manage, treat and track all patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C

Cancer screening and care utilization among Spanish-speaking individuals

  • Recruit and utilize existing bilingual lay people to be advocates – Promotores – in our community
  • Foster grassroots transmission of information about cancers through Promotores program
  • Provide cancer-related information including cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and clinical trial opportunities and referrals through Promotores

Cancer survivorship

  • Offering monthly education/discussion sessions for cancer survivors
  • Providing weekly lifestyle modification program that incorporates nutrition, education, a health club membership and exercise instruction (14 week sessions)
  • Provide quarterly six-week series of Yoga for Cancer Survivors classes
  • Sponsor and promote annual cancer survivorship celebration

ACC education and screening events take place year-round across Metro Milwaukee. These events and activities benefit people and communities we serve and to which we refer and support through our participation: 

  • Dia de la Mujer Latina – clinical breast exams at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic
  • Sankofa – Aurora Sinai Medical Center
  • Team Phoenix* – Aurora Sinai Medical Center ï‚· Reflections of Wellness – Aurora West Allis Medical Center
  • Living Well Beyond Cancer** – Aurora West Allis Medical Center
  • Spanish Cancer Clinic – Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Aurora Cancer Care Speakers Bureau
  • Know Your Family History Program
  • Milwaukee-area partnerships developed through the Wisconsin’s Collaborative Approach to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening grant
  • Workplace education and screenings across our metro area

Activities: 

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is a collaboration of West Allis and West Milwaukee community leaders and partners working together to strengthen support and effectiveness of community interventions to address mental health and substance abuse issues in the community. As part of this initiative, AWAMC will work with the Task Force to:

  • Convene and provide group leadership
  • Identify evidence-based education on early warning signs of mental health, suicide risk and substance abuse
  • Present education to existing community groups (Interfaith, Senior Center staff, businesses, etc.) and through local media coverage
  • Work with IMPACT211 to ensure their list of community resources for mental health and substance abuse is up to date and comprehensive
  • Create a mental health support network among area pastors
  • Support Meta House Inc., a women’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, by providing volunteer staff during support group meetings
  • Provide transportation funding and support AODA treatment for women and children at Meta House, Inc. through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant
  • Provide funding for an AODA specialist to allow for expanded service hours at IMPACT Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Services, Inc. through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant

Support victims of sexual assault and increase access to immediate acute care and follow-up services

  • Provide trauma-informed and victim-sensitive services to people of all ages who have been affected  
  • Support expansion of Seeking Safety’s services and trauma services and advocacy at Meta House through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant of $31,716; monitor progress and impact
  • Support expansion of sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy services to LGBTidentified individuals at Milwaukee LGBT Community Center through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant of $20,455; monitor progress and impact
  • Support expansion of sexual assault advocacy service delivery and capacity at Pathfinders through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant of $30,000; monitor progress and impact
  • Support expansion of sexual assault prevention and education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee through Aurora’s Better Together Fund grant of $255,000; monitor progress and impact

Activities:

Prepare and encourage students to pursue a path in the healthcare industry:

  • Video-tape a wide range of health professionals performing job-related tasks
  • Host half-day event to share videos followed by a question-and-answer period with health care professionals and representatives from health professions training/academic programs
  • Offer job shadowing opportunities in our facility
  • Actively serve on the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District Academic and Career Planning Implementation Action Group
  • Provide four half-day per week work-study positions for students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee