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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Clare Memorial Hospital-Oconto Falls

Implementation Approaches

Goal: In partnership with Oconto County Health and Human Services, Prevea Behavioral Health and Bellin Health, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will create a responsible substance use culture.

Strategy 3: Enhance primary prevention and education - alcohol

  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will collaborate with community partners to assess readiness for change related to the culture of alcohol within our community.

Strategy 5: Policy

  • HSHS St. Clare Hospital will collaborate with Oconto County Health Department, Prevea Behavioral Health, Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and Bellin Health on the following tactics:
    - Partner with law enforcement and the tavern league to assist in supporting policies that lower the risk of deaths associated with driving while under the influence
    - Advocate for and support legislation that creates increased access to care for those suffering with substance abuse/misuse
    - Identify and communicate a minimum of two best practice approaches that decrease exposure of drugs and alcohol to youth, and support needed policy or practice changes in the community.
    - Annually educate legislators and community stakeholders, at a community event, on needed policy change that impacts alcohol and drug misuse.
    - Collaborate with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) to advocate for new and innovative policy and/or legislative changes that support a healthy substance use culture in Brown, Oconto and Sheboygan Counties.

Goal: In partnership with the Oconto County Health Department and other organizations, create an environment that empowers residents to embrace healthy food choices and increase physical activity.

Strategy 1: The percent of healthy food donations to our food pantries will increase

  • Educate the community on our Donate a Healthy Plate Toolkit. The Produce to Pantries program will be introduced to businesses in the county.

Strategy 2: Increase access to food pantries in the underserved area of northern Oconto County

  • Based upon alignment of current food pantry infrastructure with current community need, expand sites which offer food distribution.

Strategy 3: Increase access to physical activity by constructing a trail system for non-motorized forms of transportation

Goal: In partnership with Oconto County Health and Human Services, Prevea Behavioral Health and Bellin Health, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will create a responsible substance use culture.

Strategy 1: Enhance primary prevention and education – medication storage and disposal

  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will provide support for medication take-back events to increase awareness of and provide opportunities for individuals to properly dispose of unused medications.

Strategy 2: Enhance primary prevention and education – Narcan (Naloxone)

  •  HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will partner with community agencies to support two Narcan educational training sessions annually.

Strategy 4: Enhance primary prevention and education- prescription medications

  • Promote community-wide education. This includes education to prescribers about the risks, and practices to prevent misuse and abuse of prescription medications.

Strategy 5: Policy

  • HSHS St. Clare Hospital will collaborate with Oconto County Health Department, Prevea Behavioral Health, Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and Bellin Health on the following tactics:
    - Advocate for and support legislation that creates increased access to care for those suffering with substance abuse/misuse
    - Identify and communicate a minimum of two best practice approaches that decrease exposure of drugs and alcohol to youth, and support needed policy or practice changes in the community.
    - Annually educate legislators and community stakeholders, at a community event, on needed policy change that impacts alcohol and drug misuse.
    - Collaborate with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) to advocate for new and innovative policy and/or legislative changes that support a healthy substance use culture in Brown, Oconto and Sheboygan Counties.

Goal: In partnership with the Oconto County Health Department and other organizations, create awareness of and access to mental health services in the community that will support positive mental health.

Strategy 2: Increase community access to mental and behavioral health services

  • The hospital will collaborate with Prevea Behavioral Health as well as other organizations in an effort to increase the number of mental health visits offered to residents of Oconto County.

Goal: In partnership with the Oconto County Health Department and other organizations, create awareness of and access to mental health services in the community that will support positive mental health.

Strategy 1: Promote and support suicide prevention efforts

  • The hospital will promote local QPR training.

Strategy 2: Increase community access to mental and behavioral health services

  • The hospital will collaborate with Prevea Behavioral Health as well as other organizations in an effort to increase the number of mental health visits offered to residents of Oconto County.