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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton

Implementation Approaches

  • Support INVEST subcommittees on underage drinking and tobacco cessation: - Advocate for policies that will reduce the access and availability of alcohol and tobacco products resulting in decreased risky environments
  • Provide board leadership and sponsor both Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD) and Champion programming at local schools to raise awareness on making healthy choices and alternatives to using drugs and alcohol
  • Provide board leadership and sponsor both Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD) and Champion programming at local schools to raise awareness on making healthy choices and alternatives to using drugs and alcohol
  • Support INVEST subcommittees on underage drinking and tobacco cessation: - Advocate for policies that will reduce the access and availability of alcohol and tobacco products resulting in decreased risky environments
  • Provide free outreach blood pressure screenings at various community locations/events – Provide education on the effects of smoking and tobacco cessation materials at community events in conjunction with blood pressure screenings
  • Provide appropriate follow-up with non-emergent patients using our emergency department (ED) for primary care
  • Actively screen patients for coverage through the Marketplace or financial assistance programs and assist with application processes
  • Provide discounted transportation for elderly and underserved patients using our facilities
  • Provide clinical breast exam screenings in partnership with local community organizations, and free to all community members
  • Provide ABHS referrals through tele-intake services in our ED and through inpatient tele-psychiatry consultations
  • Implement Care Management strategies to address high blood pressure (BP) within our clinic population by: scheduling the patient’s 6-month hypertension follow-up visit before they leave the clinic; rechecking any BP 140/90 or higher; scheduling for a 1-2 week nurse visit if BP remains elevated; scheduling with provider if BP remains elevated at nurse visit
  • As part of a system-wide population health strategy, identify and screen clinic patients at risk for hepatitis C; treat those who test positive
  • Provide free outreach blood pressure screenings at various community locations/events – Provide education on the effects of smoking and tobacco cessation materials at community events in conjunction with blood pressure screenings
  • Provide stroke education presentations at a variety of community sites, facilitated by Stroke Coordinator
  • Provide heart-health education presentations at a variety of community sites, facilitated by Chest Pain Coordinator
  • Conduct a low dose CT screening program for persons at high-risk for lung cancer identified in the electronic health record (55 years or older with significant smoking pack history) - Refer as appropriate for long-term follow-up and tobacco cessation
  • Administer our distress tool to cancer patients; for a score of 4 or higher on a scale of 1-10, refer the patient as appropriate to our principal and community partners 
  • Host cancer support groups, open to the public
  • Provide clinical breast exam screenings in partnership with local community organizations, and free to all community members
  • Partner with American Cancer Society to offer four Look Good Feel Better classes for community members with cancer
  • Provide integrative therapies including Reiki, massage, and acupuncture
  • Host Expressive Arts Studio in our Cancer Care Center to aid cancer survivors in self-expression, relaxation and personal growth, open to community members with cancer
  • Provide our cancer experts to staff multiple cancer support/community outreach opportunities across/within AMCG service area
  • Support the Stepping On program in partnership with the ADRC by providing guest lectures on Rehab and Pharmacy for four sessions. Stepping On is a high-level, evidence-based program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people, and is open free of charge to the community.
  • Develop fall-prevention follow-up program in partnership with local EMS and ADRC
  • Partner with local school districts to provide AMCG’s EAP education on mental health and resources available within the community
  • Support the INVEST subcommittee on mental health in development and implementation of strategies to educate residents on mental health resources and reduce stigma within Ozaukee County: - Participate in Cultivate gap analysis project for Washington and Ozaukee counties, which will result in a better understanding of mental health service gaps and resources in the region
  • Provide ABHS referrals through tele-intake services in our ED and through inpatient tele-psychiatry consultations
  • Partner with area school systems to offer free pre-season baseline concussion screenings
  • Partner with AHCMG staff for a consistent approach to postconcussion injury management
  • Provide licensed athletic trainer and physician support for high school athletic events
  • Provide equipment and continuing education at Grafton High School to support AHA Heartsaver Basic Life Support (CPR/BLS) train-the-trainer classes with instructors from our hospital. Includes: - Adult manikins - Automated external defibrillators - Books and tip sheets - Evaluations
  • Provide each 911 public service answering point (PSAP) with continuing education on the training and software needed to deliver EMS pre-arrival, step-by-step instructions to a caller, allowing early access to care before first responders arrive - Maintain the online platform allowing first responders to access the vide
  • Provide job shadowing opportunities and tours for local students
  • Offer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Program to local high school students, providing funding for four students to become CNAs and then be hired as apprentices to the Medical-Surgical Specialty Unit
  • Through the Partners in Education Program, provide programming and content experts to local schools in Ozaukee County about careers in health care
  • Provide job shadowing opportunities and tours for local students
  • Offer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Program to local high school students, providing funding for four students to become CNAs and then be hired as apprentices to the Medical-Surgical Specialty Unit
  • Through the Partners in Education Program, provide programming and content experts to local schools in Ozaukee County about careers in health care
  • Provide volunteer opportunities to students with cognitive and physical disabilities
  • Partner with Portal Industries to offer job training for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities