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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Black River Memorial Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Reduce misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Collaborative Programs/Activities:

-Strengthening Families Program

  • Programming that provides evidence-based training to reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse.

New Initiatives:

-Create a Community Health Improvement Network (CHIN). To avoid duplication of efforts and to more efficiently utilize resources, the CHIN will provide a collaborative, cohesive understanding and approach to improving the overall health of residents in our service area.

Goal: To Provide Education and Programming to Enhance the Health and Well Being of the Citizens of Jackson County.

BRMH Program/Activity:

-B-WELLthy Program

  • Healthy eating & weight management education for staff and the community including "Whole Body" Physical/Mental/Spiritual training.

-WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)

  • Provides programming for evidence-based workplace wellness strategies.

-Exercise Programming Sunrise Yoga, Senior Yoga, Chair Yoga, Senior Stay Fit,

  • Provide exercise opportunities for seniors to enable them to stay fit.

-Exercise/Nutrition Programming

  • Exercise and nutrition education for adults with disabilities

Collaborative Programs/Activities:

-Harvest of the Month

  • Prepare and present samples of nutritious foods for healthier living.

-Jackson in Action (JIA)

  • Promotes healthy lifestyles for children, their families and the greater community.

-Jackson County Farmers Market (JCFM)

  • Encourages healthy eating by providing fresh produce to those most vulnerable to food insecurity.

-Athletic Enhancement Program

  • Summer exercise program helping students stay fit between athletic seasons.

-The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley – Jackson County Center

  • Provide healthy nutrition and activity programs.

Goal: Reduce misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

BRMH Program/Activity:

-Poison Prevention

  • Partners present info on hazards and poisonous chemicals routinely found in homes.

-Truly Me

  • Partners present education on drug and tobacco use prevention.

Collaborative programs/activities:

-Strengthening Families Program

  • Programming that provides evidence-based training to reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Other Area Resources:

-Anti-Drug Education

  • Teach youth the hazards of illegal substances

New Initiatives:

-Create a Community Health Improvement Network (CHIN). To avoid duplication of efforts and to more efficiently utilize resources, the CHIN will provide a collaborative, cohesive understanding and approach to improving the overall health of residents in our service area.

-Collect baseline data and develop a process to track the number of patients whose primary diagnosis is an opioid related Emergency Department or Urgent Care visit.

  • Baseline data will be collected and a target will be established by the end of the second quarter in 2017.

-Establish and/or participate in community education programs to increase awareness and prevention of prescription opioid misuse.

-Partner with area law enforcement and Jackson County Health and Human Services to establish a community wide data collection system.

-Develop a hospital clinical care protocol for acute opioid detoxification. Train staff with new protocol by June 30, 2017.

-Strengthen outpatient follow-up care component in discharge planning process for all detoxification patients.

Goal: Reduce misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

BRMH Program/Activity:

-TATU Teens Against Tobacco Use

  • Train high school students to train younger peers on the hazards of smoking, E-Cigs and chewing tobacco. Poster contest used for community awareness.

-Truly Me

  • Partners present education on drug and tobacco use prevention.

-Tobacco Awareness Program

  • 1-hour session each fall educating students on the hazards of smoking.

-Tobacco Cessation Program

  • Work with students educating on the hazards of smoking and ways to quit.

-N-O-T Not on Tobacco

  • Helps teens stop smoking by identifying why they smoke, combating social pressures and setting life-long goals.

Collaborative Programs/Activities:

-Jackson County Tobacco Coalition

  • Community supported team to educate people on the hazards of using tobacco.

Goal: To Provide Education and Programming to Enhance the Health and Well Being of the Citizens of Jackson County.

BRMH Program/Activity:

-Diabetes Education and Support Group (DESG)

  • Enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through education, social interaction and emotional support.

-B-WELLthy Program

  • Healthy eating & weight management education for staff and the community including "Whole Body" Physical/Mental/Spiritual training.

-Alzheimer’s Support Group

  • Support families and caregivers for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

-WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)

  • Provides programming for evidence-based workplace wellness strategies.

-Exercise Programming Sunrise Yoga, Senior Yoga, Chair Yoga, Senior Stay Fit,

  • Provide exercise opportunities for seniors to enable them to stay fit.

-Exercise/Nutrition Programming

  • Exercise and nutrition education for adults with disabilities

-Lung Cancer Screening Campaign

  • Online tool to help assess the need for further intervention/treatment.

-Better Breathers Club

  • Provides quarterly programming for individuals with COPD or other breathing issues.

-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

  • One-on-one sessions, two times/week, up to 8 weeks. Provided on an outpatient basis to improve overall quality of life and prevent recurrent hospitalization.

-Breast Surgical Procedures

  • Provide surgical services and treatment to patients upon diagnosis of breast cancer

-Health Risk Assessments

  • Provide health risk assessments to area businesses to enable a healthier workforce

-Transition Care Nurse Program

  • Program eases the transition from a hospital stay back to the patient’s home. Provides better health outcomes and helps to prevent readmissions.

-In-Home Fall Risk Assessments for “High Risk” Patients.

  • BRMH provides staff to assess a patients home and assists in recommendations to allow a safer environment for the patient to help prevent re-admission.

Collaborative Programs/Activities:

-Jackson County Diabetes Alliance

  • Organize Annual Diabetes Fair.

-Harvest of the Month

  • Prepare and present samples of nutritious foods for healthier living.

-Jackson in Action (JIA)

  • Promotes healthy lifestyles for children, their families and the greater community.

-Jackson County Farmers Market (JCFM)

  • Encourages healthy eating by providing fresh produce to those most vulnerable to food insecurity.

-Falls Coalition Stepping On-Fall Prevention

  • Programming aimed at preventing falls, gaining mobility and maintaining good health.

-Athletic Enhancement Program

  • Summer exercise program helping students stay fit between athletic seasons.

-Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshops

  • Evidence-based workshops presented twice a year by trained educators geared toward helping those with chronic health conditions to live a productive healthy life despite having a chronic health condition.

-The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley – Jackson County Center

  • Provide healthy nutrition and activity programs.

New Initiatives:

-Create a Community Health Improvement Network (CHIN). To avoid duplication of efforts and to more efficiently utilize resources, the CHIN will provide a collaborative, cohesive understanding and approach to improving the overall health of residents in our service area.

-Increase the percentage of Emergency Department/Urgent Care patients who are connected to and scheduled with a primary care provider upon discharge.

-Collaborate with community partners to create a cancer support/education group for those diagnosed with cancer or are cancer survivors.

-BRMH will serve as a role model in the community by focusing efforts on chronic disease prevention and maintenance among the staff.

-In collaboration with area agencies, BRMH will work toward reducing the percentage of adults who are obese in Jackson County.

-Increase resources by 2019, for caregivers and patients experiencing chronic disease, in collaboration with area organizations.

-Utilize BRMH staff and providers to develop a chronic disease management and prevention educational series for the community.

Goal: To Improve Access to Services For Behavioral/Mental Health Patients

BRMH Programs/Activities:

-Grief Support, Circle of Life, Veterans Memorial Service, Evergreen Memorial Service

  • Support family and friends who have lost a loved one.

-BRMH Patient and Family Services Department staff provide 24/7 mental health screening.

  • All patients with mental health issues are assessed and provided with a followup care plan for outpatient treatment.

Collaborative Programs/Activities:

-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training.

  • Teach coping skills and stress reduction to reduce suicide rates.

New Initiatives:

-Create a Community Health Improvement Network (CHIN). To avoid duplication of efforts and to more efficiently utilize resources, the CHIN will provide a collaborative, cohesive understanding and approach to improving the overall health of residents in our service area.

-Collaborate with Together for Jackson County Kids, area school districts and law enforcement to create a streamlined referral and assessment tool for behavioral/mental health which will increase patient access to services.

-Strengthen outpatient follow-up care component in discharge planning process for all behavioral/mental health patients.

-Implement staff education on effective care approaches for acute behavioral/mental health patients.

-Develop a safe and effective protocol for the care of behavioral/mental health patients when transfer is not possible.

-Evaluate the feasibility of telemedicine for the treatment of local behavioral/mental health needs.