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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Mile Bluff Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

Physical activity, nutrition, and obesity

Objective: Reduce obesity in Juneau County.

Implementation Activities:

  • Mile Bluff Medical Center will continue to collaborate with local school systems through its athletic trainers with the goal of implementing and encouraging programs to reduce obesity among children through physical activity.
  • Breastfeeding has been linked to lower rates of obesity. MBMC will continue its commitment to supporting breastfeeding initiatives at MBMC. This includes skin-to-skin contact in OB which increases breastfeeding success with the healthy newborn.
  • MBMC will continue to offer classes to educate the public on diabetes and nutrition. For example, the Hospital offers "diabetes connections," where certified diabetes and nutrition educators teach participants what steps they can take to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Objective: MBMC will increase healthy lifestyles in individuals and in the community as a whole through education, and disease self-management and prevention strategies.

Implementation Activities:

  • Maintain support for current wellness and health education programs: MBMC offers a variety of health and wellness resources that it will continue to support. These include health education for the public and for hospital staff/providers; Health and Wellness Fairs that are open to the public; monthly Diabetes Support and Self-Management Groups; and Support Groups for conditions such as depression and autism. 
  • We have a new pulmonary rehabilitation program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with education and exercise components. COPD is a highly prevalent disease in this service area. 

Tobacco and exposure

Objective: Decrease the use of tobacco in Juneau County.

Implementation Activities:

  • Mile Bluff will continue to offer smoking cessation classes through its health promotion department.
  • MBMC is a member of the South Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition and collaborates with educators, law enforcement, elected officials, youth and residents to create healthier communities in Adams, Juneau, Richland and Sauk Counties. Together we work to prevent the initiation of tobacco use by adults and youth, eliminate the exposure to secondhand smoke, promote the use of evidence-based strategies to treat tobacco dependence, and address tobacco-related disparities.

Objective: MBMC will increase healthy lifestyles in individuals and in the community as a whole through education, and disease self-management and prevention strategies.

Implementation Activities:

  • Maintain support for current wellness and health education programs: MBMC offers a variety of health and wellness resources that it will continue to support. These include health education for the public and for hospital staff/providers; Health and Wellness Fairs that are open to the public; monthly Diabetes Support and Self-Management Groups; and Support Groups for conditions such as depression and autism. 
  • We have a new pulmonary rehabilitation program specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with education and exercise components. COPD is a highly prevalent disease in this service area. 

Health in All Policies

1. Health in All Policies (HiAP) (overarching priority) HiAP recognizes that health is created by a multitude of factors beyond healthcare and, in many cases, beyond the scope of traditional public health activities. This is a collaborative community approach.

Objective: Improve the health of Juneau County residents through a collaborative approach.

Implementation Activities:

  • Mile Bluff Medical Center will participate on a Steering Committee to help direct the education and implementation of HiAP as a health priority for Juneau County along with the Juneau County Health Department, UW-Extension, local school systems, the Juneau County Economic Development Corporation and other community partners.