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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Support drug abuse and excessive alcohol use prevention efforts

Strategies:

-Partner with local organizations on strategies and programs

  • Institute pain contracts within our primary care clinics

-Create processes and programs to educate and appropriately restrict abuse

  • Host educational seminars on dealing with substance abuse addictions
  • Promote a medication waste program, partnering with the local Pharmacy and law enforcement

Goals:

-Promote access to healthy foods and activities

-Provide health and wellness education

Strategies: 

-Offer education opportunities within the community to improve awareness and grow skill sets

  • Promote and grow Diabetic Education Program, along with offer diabetic educational seminars

-Partner with community organizations to meet their education needs

Goal: Support drug abuse and excessive alcohol use prevention efforts

Strategies:

-Partner with local organizations on strategies and programs

  • Institute pain contracts within our primary care clinics

-Create processes and programs to educate and appropriately restrict abuse

  • Host educational seminars on dealing with substance abuse addictions
  • Promote a medication waste program, partnering with the local Pharmacy and law enforcement

-Use innovation and technology to expand capabilities and service offerings

  • Expand and mature Telemedicine programs to improve stroke and other care offerings (in rural communities)

Goal: Increase cancer screening and service access

Strategies: 

-Grow cancer program in Boscobel, through increased services and screening opportunities

  • Partner with Gundersen Cancer Outreach to grow program in Boscobel
  • Offer cancer screening programs and educational events

Goal

-Improve Patient Advocacy

-Connect People to Services and Resources

-Raise awareness of existing clinical services

-Reduce and Eliminate barriers to access

-Create Opportunities for screenings/early intervention Offering Important Community Services

Strategies: 

-Create and develop positions that offer increased support for patients having difficulty navigating the healthcare system and health insurance issues

  • Rollout the Patient Access Specialist position that will support patients in navigating the healthcare system
  • Promote this and other support positions internally and in the community for patient’s awareness of the available resources

-Partner with Gundersen Health System to grow and mature outreach specialty programs

  • Develop and promote new outreach programs utilizing partnership with Gundersen Health System

-Use innovation and technology to expand capabilities and service offerings

  • Expand and mature Telemedicine programs to improve stroke and other care offerings

-Offer education opportunities within the community to improve awareness and grow skill sets

  • Offer educational seminars at hospital to meet recognized community needs, such as medication reconciliation

-Partner with community organizations to meet their education needs

  • Work with local community center to offer trainings and screenings

Goals: Support individuals with aging challenges and support individuals and families with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Strategies:

-Work with local organizations to improve resources for individuals and families with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

  • Develop a resource guide of local available resources and services for aging individuals and their families
  • Offer education opportunities for individuals and families with aging challenges, Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Goal: Increase cancer screening and service access

Strategies: 

-Grow cancer program in Boscobel, through increased services and screening opportunities

  • Partner with Gundersen Cancer Outreach to grow program in Boscobel
  • Offer cancer screening programs and educational events

Goal: Improve mental health support in community

Strategies: 

-Partner with local agencies and facilities to improve access to mental health services

  • Work closely with SWCAP on their developing mental health grant and initiative
  • Initiate a “Change Direction” campaign in the Boscobel area, partnering with local organizations to help lead the initiative

-Educate the community and our patients on mental health

  • Improve internal education on mental health services available in the region

Goal: Engage in injury awareness activities

Strategies: 

-Partner with community organizations to meet their education needs

  • Partner with school district to assist with need health awareness areas, such as concussion prevention.

Goal: Improve socioeconomic factors

Strategies: 

-Work with local organizations to improve socioeconomic factors

  • Collaborate with local schools, civic organizations, businesses, SWTC, and SWCAP on programs and initiatives that seek to improve socioeconomic factors in the Boscobel area

Goal: Improve socioeconomic factors

Strategies:

-Work with local organizations to improve socioeconomic factors

  • Collaborate with local schools, civic organizations, businesses, SWTC, and SWCAP on programs and initiatives that seek to improve socioeconomic factors in the Boscobel area