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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education

Strategies:

-Community Garden Project- promotes healthy eating and access to fresh foods.

  • Provide cooking demonstrations on food preparation and preservation to low income residents
  • Provide cooking class participants with a free cooking appliance after the demonstration
  • Provide food pantries and low income populations with fresh produce from community gardens
  • Provide financial contributions for community garden implementation
  • Provide financial contributions for EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) options at area farmers markets

-Establish Nutrition Policies and Practices to Promote Healthy Choices

  • Participate in the Lincoln Nutrition Coalition to promote healthy choices through the Corner Store Initiative. The Corner Store Initiative is designed to increase availability and awareness of healthy foods in corner stories by working with business owners.
  • Provide financial contributions to the Corner Store initiative
  • Improve the implementation of “Best Picks” program at a local grocery store
  • Participate in Ministry Health Care’s Obesity Strategic Plan

Goal: Increase good oral health care practices and access to oral health services.

Strategies:

-Tooth Fairy Fund Project

  • The Tooth Fairy Fund provides free dental care through a partnership with Bridge Community Dental Clinic (a federally-qualified community health center) for patients in the emergency department (ED) at MGSHC who do not have insurance. 

-Establish and Maintain Oral Health Education and Programs for Children

  • Provide Sugar Out Day presentations and interactive programs to 2nd and 4th grade students in Lincoln County
  • Provide teachers with oral health toolkits
  • MGSHC will provide Dental Kits to 4th grade students in the Merrill School District
  • Provide adolescent dental kits to community agencies
  • Display Rethink Your Drink and oral health information in schools, clinics, hospitals and community agencies

-Adult Oral Health Campaign

  • Participate in adult education programs connecting good oral hygiene to chronic disease prevention
  • Provide adult dental supplies to community agencies targeting poor and vulnerable populations
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Oral Health Resource Guide

Goal: Increase mental health awareness and access to mental health services.

Strategies:

-Establish and Maintain Mental Health Training for Professionals

  • Develop sessions where poignant stories will be shared with front line health care professionals from the personal perspective by families and persons struggling with behavioral health issues enhancing compassion and sensitivity for patients in crisis
  • Conduct QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training sessions
  • Conduct Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training
  • Hold the 2018 Mental Health Summit
  • Conduct Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training

-Hopeline

  • Hopeline is a free service provided by the Center for Suicide Awareness. It is the first emotional support text line in Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state. Its purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition will coordinate community wide education on this resource.

-Establish and Maintain Mental Health Community Resources

  • Increase public awareness of mental health and available resources
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Mental Health Resource Guide
  • Coordinate mental health educational posters throughout the community and at local Ministry Clinics
  • Distribute crisis intervention cards throughout Lincoln County

Goal: Increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education

Strategies:

-Community Garden Project- promotes healthy eating and access to fresh foods.

  • Provide food pantries and low income populations with fresh produce from community gardens

  • Provide financial contributions for EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) options at area farmers markets

Oral Health

Goal: Increase good oral health care practices and access to oral health services.

Strategies:

-Tooth Fairy Fund Project

  • The Tooth Fairy Fund provides free dental care through a partnership with Bridge Community Dental Clinic (a federally-qualified community health center) for patients in the emergency department (ED) at MGSHC who do not have insurance. 

-Establish and Maintain Oral Health Education and Programs for Children

  • Provide Sugar Out Day presentations and interactive programs to 2nd and 4th grade students in Lincoln County
  • Provide teachers with oral health toolkits
  • MGSHC will provide Dental Kits to 4th grade students in the Merrill School District
  • Provide adolescent dental kits to community agencies
  • Display Rethink Your Drink and oral health information in schools, clinics, hospitals and community agencies

-Adult Oral Health Campaign

  • Participate in adult education programs connecting good oral hygiene to chronic disease prevention
  • Provide adult dental supplies to community agencies targeting poor and vulnerable populations
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Oral Health Resource Guide