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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aurora Medical Center in Washington County

Implementation Approaches

Impact Goal: Increased rates of physical activity and good nutrition habits

  • Offer a discounted, medically-based and supervised community exercise program targeting chronic disease processes including, but not limited to, diabetes, phase III cardiac/pulmonary rehab and Parkinson’s disease
  • Partner with local school districts to provide Hop into Health Care summer school course for second through sixth grades. Curriculum includes four weeks of educational classes including:
    - Healthy eating
    - Gardening
    - Exercise
    - Screen time and sleep
    - Youth first aid
    - Health careers
  • Support WWC Eat and Move Well subcommittee through collaboration on the development and implementation of effective nutrition and physical activity strategies

Impact Goal: Increased access to care

  • Provide appropriate follow-up with non-emergent patients using our emergency department (ED) for primary care
  • Refer uninsured and self-pay patients using our ED for primary and dental care to Albrecht Free Clinic (AFC)
  • Actively screen patients for coverage through the Marketplace or financial assistance programs and assist with application processes
  • Accept vouchers from Albrecht Free Clinic for ancillary services (lab, radiology and physical therapy) and specialty care
  • In partnership with the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford, provide discounted transportation for elderly and underserved patients using our facilities

Impact Goal: Increase linkages to appropriate care for behavioral health

  • Provide ABHS referrals through tele-intake services in our ED and through inpatient tele-psychiatry consultations
  • To address suicide, provide Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) training program at our Hartford Clinic for Aurora staff, their family and friends. QPR trains participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

Impact Goal: Increased access to care for sexual assault

Consistent within Aurora’s system-wide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program and AHAS, provide: 

  • 24/7 trauma-informed and victim-sensitive services, including forensic evidence collection and SDFI®-TeleMedicine forensic photodocumentation based on the Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Referrals as appropriate to medical, clinical, counseling and advocacy services
  • In partnership with FRIENDS, Inc., provide access to an advocate for all SANE patients

Impact Goal:
- Increased awareness and control of chronic disease
- Decreased burden of hepatitis C across Aurora's population

  • Provide two evidence-based Healthy Living with Diabetes programs per year to cover understanding diabetes, getting the right healthcare, monitoring blood glucose, learning about food and diabetes, adding activity to one’s life, understanding medications and living with diabetes
  • As part of a system-wide population health strategy, identify and screen clinic patients at risk for hepatitis C; treat those who test positive
  • Partner with Casa Guadalupe to provide evidence-based curriculum to serve the needs of Hispanic individuals and families residing in Washington County, including:
    - Heart health
    - Diabetes
    - Bone health
    - Mental health
    - Family nutrition
  • Offer a discounted, medically-based and supervised community exercise program targeting chronic disease processes including, but not limited to, diabetes, phase III cardiac/pulmonary rehab and Parkinson’s disease

Impact Goal: Increase linkages to appropriate care for behavioral health

  • Provide ABHS referrals through tele-intake services in our ED and through inpatient tele-psychiatry consultation
  • Provide support to NAMI Signature programs (Family-to-Family or Peer-toPeer) by providing guest speakers or financial sponsorship
  • Support Well Washington County in development and implementation of strategies to educate residents on mental health resources and reduce stigma within Washington County:
    - Participate in Cultivate gap analysis project for Washington and Ozaukee counties, which will result in a better understanding of mental health service gaps and resources in the region
  • To address suicide, provide Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) training program at our Hartford Clinic for Aurora staff, their family and friends. QPR trains participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

Impact Goal: Increased awareness and control of chronic disease

  • Partner with Casa Guadalupe to provide evidence-based curriculum to serve the needs of Hispanic individuals and families residing in Washington County, including: Mental Health

Impact Goal: Improved youth concussion prevention, identification, and intervention

  • Partner with area school systems to offer free pre-season baseline concussion screenings
  • Partner with ACHMG staff for a consistent approach to post-concussion injury management including post-concussion testing and Return to Learn/ Return to Play guidance
  • Provide licensed athletic trainer and physician support for athletic events to deliver first aid, provide medical support and field and equipment inspection
  • Provide non-concussion injury and illness care including assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, Return to Play decision-making, and communication between the physician, coach and family
  • Provide administration services to establish athletic event venue emergency plans, manage site medical supplies, maintain electronic medical records, and analyze and report on injury trends
  • Provide free education to students, parents and at public events in Washington County on topics including concussions, injury prevention and safety, nutrition and hydration, and fitness and training assistance

Impact Goal: Increased access to care for sexual assault

  • Provide community education/prevention/outreach trainings
  • In partnership with FRIENDS, Inc., provide bystander intervention trainings at local high schools

Consistent within Aurora’s system-wide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program and AHAS, provide: 

  • 24/7 trauma-informed and victim-sensitive services, including forensic evidence collection and SDFI®-TeleMedicine forensic photodocumentation based on the Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Referrals as appropriate to medical, clinical, counseling and advocacy services
  • In partnership with FRIENDS, Inc., provide access to an advocate for all SANE patients

Impact Goal: Increased opportunity for stable employment

  • Offer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Program to local high school students, providing funding for two students to become CNAs and then be hired as apprentices to our Medical-Surgical Specialty Unit
  • In partnership with West Bend High School, offer Youth Apprenticeship Program to hire one CNA apprentice who will receive high school and college credit by participating
  • Provide job shadowing opportunities for local high school students
  • Provide $500 scholarships to area high school seniors who are seeking careers in health care
  • Support the Washington County Workforce Alliance in providing a sustainable pipeline of appropriately trained and work-ready individuals to support the needs of business and industry in Washington County