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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aurora Medical Center in Summit

Implementation Approaches

Focus: Chronic disease prevention and management

  • Continue to partner with the YMCA at Pabst Farms to offer Habit Heroes free health and wellness program to fifth through eight grade students. Program goals are to:
    - Positively impact children's well-being
    - Prevent health risks associated with inactivity and poor nutrition
    - Teach habit tracking and its importance
    - Provide incentives for personal growth in healthy habit adoption
    - Create opportunities to replace poor habits with healthier ones

Focus: Care for seniors: Fall prevention, health knowledge and safe driving

  • Provide Summit Senior Breakfast Club to residents, including a free breakfast and presentations on health topics related to chronic disease and healthy lifestyle choices

Focus: Chronic disease prevention and management

  • Support the statewide Dose of Reality campaign to increase awareness and provide information to the public about the dangers of misusing prescription pain medicines
  • Continue sponsorship of and engagement with community Stairway to Heroin program

Focus: Access is an Aurora Health Care signature community benefit focus

  • Provide appropriate follow-up with non-emergent patients using the ED for primary care
  • Ensure coverage and care for uninsured and Medicaid-eligible patients using our ED for primary and dental care by actively screening patients for coverage through the Marketplace or financial assistance programs and assisting with application processes
  • Refer patients as appropriate to Lake Area Free Clinic or St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • Ensure access for seniors and persons with disabilities who lack transportation in the Oconomowoc area where public transportation is minimal
  • Provide social worker in our ED to assess and appropriately expedite referrals for behavioral health services
  • Provide telepsychiatry consultations at our hospital to respond to behavioral health needs and link patients with appropriate behavioral health services

Focus: Chronic disease prevention and management

  • Continue to partner with the YMCA at Pabst Farms to offer Habit Heroes free health and wellness program to fifth through eight grade students. Program goals are to:
    - Positively impact children's well-being
    - Prevent health risks associated with inactivity and poor nutrition
    - Teach habit tracking and its importance
    - Provide incentives for personal growth in healthy habit adoption
    - Create opportunities to replace poor habits with healthier ones
  • Provide support groups to patients and community members to assist them with managing diabetes
  • Conduct chronic disease risk factor screenings with community based partners to reach more people and screen for risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol
  • Support coordinated, system-wide effort to increase awareness and provide information to the public about the dangers of misusing prescription pain medicines through the Dose of Reality campaign
  • Continue sponsorship of and engagement with community Stairway to Heroin program

Focus: Cancer

  • Promote prevention and early detection of breast, colorectal and lung cancer in the community by providing AMCS cancer experts to staff multiple cancer education/screening events within AMCS service area
  • Provide low dose CT screenings for patients at risk for lung cancer as identified in the electronic health record, regardless of ability to pay
  • Administer our distress tool to measure each patient’s level of distress; for a score of 4 or higher on a scale of 1-10 refer as appropriate to our principal and community partners (ACS, etc.)
  • Hold an annual Survivorship event for our cancer patients and their caregivers to provide information about cancer support resources and to address quality-of-life issues during and after cancer treatment

Focus: Care for seniors: Fall prevention, health knowledge and safe driving

  • Partner with Aging and Disability Resource Center to promote and teach Stepping On program, or evaluate participation rates for previous programs and examine alternative approaches to fall prevention, such as the evidence-based A Matter of Balance
  • Assess patients in the ED for fall risk; refer to primary care provider and physical therapy as appropriate
  • Provide Summit Senior Breakfast Club to residents, including a free breakfast and presentations on health topics related to chronic disease and healthy lifestyle choices

Focus: Hepatitis C Program

  • Hepatitis C: Patients in cohort are identified and screened Referrals, staging and standardized care-delivery process for our patient population are implemented for those who test positive

Focus: Access is an Aurora Health Care signature community benefit focus

  • Provide social worker in our ED to assess and appropriately expedite referrals for behavioral health services
  • Provide telepsychiatry consultations at our hospital to respond to behavioral health needs and link patients with appropriate behavioral health services

Focus: Care for seniors: Fall prevention, health knowledge, and safe driving

  • In partnership with AARP, provide Smart Driver Course for individuals ages 50 years and older which teaches evidence-based safe driving strategies and a refresher on the latest rules and hazards on the road

Focus: Health professions education and workforce development

  • Provide educational sessions for EMS with speakers on evidence-based best practices
  • Provide clinical experiences for paramedic students, both in the ED and ancillary areas of the hospital
  • Provide Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes for paramedic students
  • Provide Sim Man/Sim Baby trainings for paramedic students
  • Continue to partner with area school districts to support a High School of Health Sciences in Kettle Moraine
  • Provide educational sessions for Medical Explorers program (Boy Scouts of America)