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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Columbus Community Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Strategy #1: Operation Overhaul 2.0

  • Through the formation of Your Better Life Coalition, a wellness program will be developed, tailored to the manufacturing industry (assembly line production), to reduce obesity and impact certain chronic health conditions. Interventions within the Operation Overhaul 2.0 program include, but are not limited to, education and information strategies, behavioral and social strategies, environmental and employer policy strategies, and worksite weight control strategies, including measurable changes of weight (considering height and muscle mass), body fat, minutes of exercise, percentage of weight gain/loss, waist circumference, endurance, flexibility, and blood pressure. Smoking cessation is offered as well.

Strategy #2: Live It! Real Life Nutrition for Teens

  • Reaching children and correcting unhealthy behaviors is a proactive approach to combating adult obesity. The Live It! program, originated from the Oregon Dairy Council and customized by the Food For Thought Coalition, is geared toward 6th graders
  • The program consists of an engaging curriculum that aims to motivate students to make nutrient-rich food choices while performing physical activity to enhance the wellness of middle school children within the community.

Strategy: Operation Overhaul 2.0

  • Through the formation of Your Better Life Coalition, a wellness program will be developed, tailored to the manufacturing industry (assembly line production), to reduce obesity and impact certain chronic health conditions. Interventions within the Operation Overhaul 2.0 program include, but are not limited to, education and information strategies, behavioral and social strategies, environmental and employer policy strategies, and worksite weight control strategies, including measurable changes of weight (considering height and muscle mass), body fat, minutes of exercise, percentage of weight gain/loss, waist circumference, endurance, flexibility, and blood pressure. Smoking cessation is offered as well.

Improve access to mammography screenings:

  • In collaboration with the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation, a program will be established to help those with financial need to obtain mammography screenings regardless of ability to pay. This will decrease the economic disparity gap while increasing the health and wellness of those in need through early dedication.

By facilitating increased education and awareness with providers and the community at large, Columbus Community Hospital aims to increase the rate of mammography screenings in order to detect breast cancer early; thus, decreasing the death rate due to breast cancer

Strategy #1: Expand Program To Meet Community Needs

  • Columbus Community Hospital currently has a Breast Cancer Navigation program. This program will be expanded upon with help from the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation and local high school volleyball and basketball teams through Volley for a Cause and Hoops for a Cure events

Strategy #2: Improve Access

  • In collaboration with the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation, a program will be established to help those with financial need to obtain mammography screenings regardless of ability to pay. This will decrease the economic disparity gap while increasing the health and wellness of those in need through early dedication.

Strategy #3: Increase Awareness

  • Increase outreach efforts to enhance community awareness regarding self examinations and discussions with primary care physicians.
  • Educate the community regarding the importance of mammography screenings focused on: chance of having breast cancer, self examinations, environmental, genetic and behavioral factors; specifically educating on recent developments regarding obesity, alcohol use and hereditary factors, as these would indicate an earlier screen is warranted.
  • Educate primary care providers to increase mammography screenings, focusing on who should be screened, when, and why, including screening those with hereditary factors, obesity, and alcohol use at an earlier age as these are factors that increase the incidence of breast cancer