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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Fort HealthCare

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Reduce binge drinking

  • Implement Place of Last Drink program
  • Implement Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use (SBIRT) program
  • Increase community awareness on culture of drinking

Goal: Lower obesity to 25% or lower by January 1, 2021

  • Work with youth to learn how to stay healthy throughout their lives
  • Educate on healthy snacks, portion control, exercise

Goal: Create a community awareness campaign that encourages healthy options at grocery stores, restaurants and places of employment by 2021

  • Reach out to local grocery stores and restaurants to highlight healthy options (with marketing and promotions)
  • Reach out to local employers to coordinate corporate wellness opportunities (including monthly sessions, meetings, etc.)
  • Develop a healthy food directory and teach the detrimental impacts of fast food

Goal: Encourage and improve community wellness opportunities by providing tools for time and health management

  • Offer/coordinate community potlucks with healthy options and share recipes
  • Coordinate healthy cooking classes/nutrition classes/shopping ideas, providing access to free or low-cost access to nutrition experts to help with food choices

Goal: Reduce deaths due to opioids

  • Increase Narcan access, training and follow-up treatment post utilization
  • Increase screening, intervention and treatment

Goal: Reduce tobacco use, including vaping

  • Establish a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) group
  • Partner with schools to educate on the dangers of smoking

Goal: Expand non-traditional access to care

  • Implement telemedicine to increase access to primary care

Goal: Promote availability of care options (Lake Mills walk-in clinic, Rock River Free Clinic, County Health Department)

  • Create an awareness campaign that is comprehensive for all care providers
  • Create a resource guide with information on free or reduced-fee services with direct household delivery of information
  • Strengthen policies for smoke-free environments where children are present

Goal: Address basic corollary issues – transportation, homelessness, access to affordable insurance

  • Identify options for providing adequate affordable transportation for medical care
  • Understand the extent of homelessness and the impact on the community
  • Support local, state and federal programs to increase access to affordable insurance

Goal: Increase the numbers of people with advanced directives

  • Educate people about the benefit of advanced directives. Hold a workshop with legal professionals to help people create advanced directives
  • Educate clinical staff about the importance of their patients having advanced directives

Goal: Raise awareness of chronic disease management

  • Identify community leader or organization to help facilitate/champion resources available for chronic disease management
  • Develop a list of resources available in those communities

Goal: Improve the patient/provider relationship

  • Offer training on motivational interviewing to healthcare professionals
  • Examine, time, date and paperwork constraints on providers allowing more time to spend with patients

Goal: Increase access to providers

  • Increase the number of providers
  • Increase health insurance coverage for mental health

Goal: Increase mental health advocacy

  • Identify community needs
  • Provide education on mental health

Goal: Prevent mental health issues in young people

  • Provide behavioral health in schools focusing on social media, Internet influence on kids – anxiety disorders, changing parenting
  • Provide education and intervention in schools

Goal: Address basic corollary issues – transportation, homelessness, access to affordable insurance

  • Identify options for providing adequate affordable transportation for medical care
  • Understand the extent of homelessness and the impact on the community
  • Support local, state and federal programs to increase access to affordable insurance

Children's Health

Goal: Reduce childhood obesity (BMI) as measured in Head Start and other venues

  • Collaborate with agencies and provide for baseline
  • Work on getting comprehensive list of support and assistance in one spot (website, social media, newspaper)

Goal: Enhance prevention and detection for children and provide access to care through education

  • Collaborate with agencies to establish a baseline
  • Educate parents provide charts of access – where you can go, programs available, e.g. free clinic

Goal: Improve immunization rates

  • Collaborate with agencies to establish a baseline
  • Marketing campaign using CDC schedule to educate parents

Goal: Improve treatment of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by medical providers