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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 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.