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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Ascension Saint Clare's Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Eliminate the misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs, and eradicate the use of illegal drugs, in Marathon County

Strategies:

-Community Education around Issues of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • Support the dissemination of information regarding alcohol and substance abuse issues through a weekly email distributed by the AOD Partnership of Marathon County.
  • Convene community focus groups, conferences and educational offerings regarding the misuse of alcohol and substance abuse.

-Alcohol and Illegal Substance Survey

  • MSCH will complete a Biennial Community Assessment on the prevalence and perceptions of medication abuse in the greater Wausau area. This unique community assessment will be measuring trends in prevalence of medication misuse, perception of risk, perception of availability, as well as local diversion and disposal efforts.

-Active Participation on the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Partnership of Marathon County

  • MSCH will remain a fully engaged partner on the 33 organization-strong AOD Partnership of Marathon County. The partnership will work together over the next three years to raise public awareness regarding the misuse of alcohol and other drugs; to connect those that are concerned about their loved ones alcohol or drug abuse to available local, state, national and online resources; and to educate state and local policymakers about AOD issues.

-Educating Local and State Policy Makers about Alcohol and Substance Abuse Issues

  • MSCH together with AOD partners will supply local, regional and state policymakers with information regarding alcohol and substance abuse issues, including best practices regarding effective ways to address these issues.

-Supportive Services for Parents who have an Identified Concern with AODA

  • At-risk parents with identified alcohol or substance abuse issues participating in the Start Right program will receive supportive services through this program, or through referral to an external support service.

-Decrease Food Insecurity in Elementary Aged School Children in Marathon County

  • Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital will work with the Wausau and DC Everest school districts to support programs which distribute food to low income children on weekends during the school year
  • MSCH will support programs within these districts which distribute food during summer school programs, and provide food throughout low-income neighborhoods via a bookmobile van for ten weeks during the summer.

Goal: Eliminate the misuse of alcohol and prescription drugs, and eradicate the use of illegal drugs, in Marathon County

Strategies:

-Community Education around Issues of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • Support the dissemination of information regarding alcohol and substance abuse issues through a weekly email distributed by the AOD Partnership of Marathon County.
  • Convene community focus groups, conferences and educational offerings regarding the misuse of alcohol and substance abuse.

-Alcohol and Illegal Substance Survey

  • MSCH will complete a Biennial Community Assessment on the prevalence and perceptions of medication abuse in the greater Wausau area. This unique community assessment will be measuring trends in prevalence of medication misuse, perception of risk, perception of availability, as well as local diversion and disposal efforts.

-Active Participation on the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Partnership of Marathon County

  • MSCH will remain a fully engaged partner on the 33 organization-strong AOD Partnership of Marathon County. The partnership will work together over the next three years to raise public awareness regarding the misuse of alcohol and other drugs; to connect those that are concerned about their loved ones alcohol or drug abuse to available local, state, national and online resources; and to educate state and local policymakers about AOD issues.

-Educating Local and State Policy Makers about Alcohol and Substance Abuse Issues

  • MSCH together with AOD partners will supply local, regional and state policymakers with information regarding alcohol and substance abuse issues, including best practices regarding effective ways to address these issues.

-Supportive Services for Parents who have an Identified Concern with AODA

  • At-risk parents with identified alcohol or substance abuse issues participating in the Start Right program will receive supportive services through this program, or through referral to an external support service.

Goal:  Ensure that every child in Marathon County gets off to a great start in life.

Strategies:

-Breastfeeding Promotion

  • MSCH will continue to pursue a national “Baby Friendly Hospital” designation from Baby Friendly USA. This designation is a multi-year project to improve overall breastfeeding rates (both initial and ongoing) and to support breastfeeding among families who are served here. The process includes policy development, staff training, prenatal and postpartum teaching plans, and linkages to community resources.

-Reduce Early Elective Deliveries

  • Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, in tandem with the Marathon County Early Years Coalition, will promote the elimination of early elective deliveries throughout Marathon County. Our goal is to assure that all babies in Marathon County will be carried at least 38 weeks. Billboards advocating 39-week deliveries will be displayed in Marathon County; education will be distributed through The Early Years Coalition; and education will be given to physicians regarding the documented health effects of early elective deliveries. 

-Improving Mental Health for Persons with Chronic Health Conditions

  • We will provide several programs in the community to help those with chronic conditions to decrease their risk of depression. These include providing education and training regarding the psychosocial influences of chronic illness on health.

Goal: Have the ability to provide comprehensive mental health services to all within Marathon County who express a need for said services.

Strategies:

-Education and Training

  • MSCH will increase awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment for community professionals to support and address mental health concerns (including primary physicians, law enforcement, school professionals, businesses and other). We will work with our partners to develop and disseminate standards for primary care providers regarding assessment and referral for mental health issues.

-Advocacy and Support for Community-wide Efforts to Address Mental Health Root Causes

  • Stressors such as lack of income, inadequate housing and poor social supports can contribute to the development of mental health issues. To address these and other stressors, we will participate in local coalitions, fund initiatives which address root causes, and support community education around root causes.

-Advocacy and Support to Destigmatize Mental Health Issues within the Community

  • MSCH will engage with local coalitions, various sectors of the community, and Employer Solutions to ensure that poor mental health and its root causes are being addressed without stigma in the community.
  • We plan to utilize the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) program as a component of our education and training.
  • We will utilize the principles such as strategic disclosure and planned contact, researched and demonstrated by the Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE), to overcome stigma.

-Improve Mental Health in Young Parents

  • MSCH will provide, engage in and fund partners’ efforts to provide parenting classes designed to reduce stress and increase positive mental health. This may include providing parenting classes, addressing issues related to post-partum stress and depression through education and direct case management, or providing resources to young parents to help alleviate stressors (such as the Raise Great Kids website).

-Improving Mental Health for Persons with Chronic Health Conditions

  • We will provide several programs in the community to help those with chronic conditions to decrease their risk of depression. These include providing education and training regarding the psychosocial influences of chronic illness on health.

Goal: Eliminate human trafficking, domestic abuse and dating violence, promote healthy relationships, and help victims of abuse regain stable lives.

Strategies:

-Education about Healthy Relationships for Middle and High School Students

  • MSCH will support increased awareness about dating violence verses healthy relationships by providing education at Wausau and DC Everest area schools.

-Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner (SANE) Program

  • MSCH will maintain a robust Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner (SANE) Program. The SANE Program at MSCH provides examinations of victims of assault free of charge; gathers forensic evidence for use in prosecution against offenders; provides expert testimony in court; and participates in numerous outreach opportunities providing information about sexual assault and human trafficking including community panels, schools programs, health fairs and business presentations.

-Domestic Abuse Shelter Advocate

  • MSCH will work with partners to: ensure comprehensive services are available for families that reside in the domestic abuse shelter; ensure the ability of the community to meet the growing needs of nonshelter clients; ensure the ability of the MSCH’s emergency department to provide specific staff trained to respond to assault situations.; and hire an additional part-time domestic abuse shelter advocate to help support the growing needs of victims and survivors of abuse and trafficking in Marathon County.

-Human Trafficking Response Team

  • In conjunction with the newly hired human trafficking advocate based at The Women’s Community, MSCH will develop a Marathon County Human Trafficking Response Team (HTRT) to address the growth of human trafficking in Marathon County.
  • We will also develop and provide community educational presentations regarding human trafficking.
  • Additionally, we will work with partners to ensure that services are available for victims. These services may include: housing, legal advocacy, employment, medical care, transportation, and counseling

-Increase Community Awareness

  • MSCH will host multiple community awareness events to address issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Goal: Ensure that every child in Marathon County gets off to a great start in life

-Reduce Unsafe Sleeping Situations for Infants

  • Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital will support the identification of families at risk for unsafe sleeping situations. With the assistance of community partners such as the Child Advocacy Center, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Start Right program, MSCH will identify families at risk for unsafe sleeping situations. These families will be provided educational information regarding safe sleep practices as well as Pack n’ Plays to encourage safe sleep practices.

-Decrease Food Insecurity in Elementary Aged School Children in Marathon County

  • Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital will work with the Wausau and DC Everest school districts to support programs which distribute food to low income children on weekends during the school year
  • MSCH will support programs within these districts which distribute food during summer school programs, and provide food throughout low-income neighborhoods via a bookmobile van for ten weeks during the summer.

-Children in the Start Right Program will be Healthy and School Ready

  • Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital will support the Marathon County Start Right program in its efforts to ensure all children between the ages of 3-5 will have learned the skills necessary to have a successful start in school. Services include enrolling children in early childhood programs; providing home visits to at-risk families, providing parents with education regarding facilitating their child’s development and linking families to resources to support their children’s school readiness.