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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Southwest Health Center

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Promote safety/harm prevention (esp. farm, drug and alcohol related)

Strategy: Increase opportunities for public education

  • Work with UNITE to identify priority alternatives for reducing binge drinking and drug use

Goal: Reducing opioid misuse and abuse

Strategy: Offer education and increase community collaboration among stakeholders

  • Review policies and provide education for practitioners. Draft an organizational and/or community plan for addressing opioid misuse and abuse

Goal: Promote safety/harm prevention (esp. farm, drug and alcohol related)

Strategy: Increase opportunities for public education

  • Work with UNITE to identify priority alternatives for reducing binge drinking and drug use
  • Promote smoking cessation using existing educational resources

Goal: Reduce barriers to access

-Strategy: Partner to bring in specialists

  • Identify target specialties for recruiting
  • Evaluate potential to add a counselor in SBS
  • Create a public awareness campaign to reduce the stigma of mental health and promote practitioners
  • Review potential of adding a practitioner in the Women’s Center

-Strategy: Connect uninsured with available products

  • Leverage navigators for education prior to enrollment opportunities

-Strategy: Connect at risk patients with community care program

  • Create greater visibility for our financial counselors and community care program, and encourage applications with an easy, customer-friendly process
  • Investigate an e-visit option for primary care to provide an easy, stay-athome, relatively low cost alternative to a traditional office visit
  • Evaluate possible clinic locations around the SH service area
  • Review and evaluate alternatives for services at Epione Pavilion

Goal: Providing education, screenings, early interventions, monitoring, and case management

-Strategy: Better leverage current outreach opportunities and create new highly impactful ones

  • Boost promotion of screenings and local outreach activities via social media and other public relations vehicles (depression screenings and memory screenings, BMI, sleep apnea, diabetes/glucose, etc)
  • Promote smoking cessation using existing educational resources
  • With a new oncology program, initiate a local cancer screening outreach program
  • Evaluate potential and benefits of EMS staff performing home visits for at risk patients
  • Bring screenings and education to annual Senior Expo, Elderfest, and other trade-show style eve

Goal: Boost awareness of existing services

 -Strategy: Provide awareness building for underutilized services

  • Initiate new occupational health program and boost communication with area employers
  • Create campaigns to encourage primary care visits and preventive care

Goal: Facilitate provision of needed community services

-Strategy: Increase counseling availability

  • Evaluate potential to add a counselor in SBS

-Strategy: Offer onsite Oncology and Hematology service

  • Partner with UW Health to create a cancer treatment center at SH

-Strategy: Offer occupational health services

  • Recruit a occupational health specialist and develop a program

Goal: Providing education, screenings, early interventions, monitoring, and case management

-Strategy: Better leverage current outreach opportunities and create new highly impactful ones

  • Evaluate potential and benefits of EMS staff performing home visits for at risk patients
  • Create a monthly educational series using the new EMS Station Community Room
  • Bring screenings and education to annual Senior Expo, Elderfest, and other trade-show style events
  • Maximize use of online profiles to reduce patient communication apprehension with practitioners
  • Facilitate increased use of MyChart to aid communication with primary care practitioners
  • Boost promotion of screenings and local outreach activities via social media and other public relations vehicles (depression screenings and memory screenings, BMI, sleep apnea, diabetes/glucose, etc)
  • Promote smoking cessation using existing educational resources
  • With a new oncology program, initiate a local cancer screening outreach program

Goal: Improve patient advocacy

-Strategy: Partner with local coalitions and groups to improve knowledge of area services

  • Contribute to a revised UW Extension resource list on web and in print
  • Use social media and blogs to highlight low awareness options around community

Goal: Promoting and supporting healthy lifestyle changes

-Strategy: Increase public opportunities for health education and improvement

  • Create a monthly educational series using the new EMS Station Community Room
  • Track education and outreach results in terms of participants
  • Maintain participation and support of UNITE community collaboration for health improvement
  • Gather new information on specific needed programming with the launch of a new occupational health program
  • Bolster blogging efforts to provide a growing source of online resources with a local slant/interest

Goal: Intensely focus community education to change underlying causes of metabolic syndrome and related disease

-Strategy: Work with community to develop partnerships with the common goal of making healthy choices easier

  • Continue support of safe routes to school program
  • Focus sponsorships and community involvement resources on those events and activities that support wellness and healthy lifestyles
  • Leverage cooperative efforts with community partners, such as UNITE, to explore new opportunities for impactful programs
  • Employ communications vehicles (Heart 2 Heart magazine, blogs, social media, local media health pages) to highlight local healthy living champions, programs, and learning opportunities
  • Create and publicize a new annual community health living award, recognizing a group or individual who makes a remarkable contribution

Goal: Providing education, screenings, early interventions, monitoring, and case management

-Strategy: Better leverage current outreach opportunities and create new highly impactful ones

  • Boost promotion of screenings and local outreach activities via social media and other public relations vehicles (depression screenings and memory screenings, BMI, sleep apnea, diabetes/glucose, etc)
  • Promote smoking cessation using existing educational resources
  • With a new oncology program, initiate a local cancer screening outreach program
  • Evaluate potential and benefits of EMS staff performing home visits for at risk patients
  • Bring screenings and education to annual Senior Expo, Elderfest, and other trade-show style events

Goal: Promote safety/harm prevention (esp. farm, drug and alcohol related)

Strategy: Increase opportunities for public education

  • Support Grant County Health Department’s Farm Safety Day
  • Work with UNITE to identify priority alternatives for reducing binge drinking and drug use