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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Westfields Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Increase awareness and access of treatment for substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, ecigarettes, and drugs)

Strategies:

  • Increase awareness of available resources.
  • Provider training.
  • Support Healthy Beginnings Program.
  • Educate patients, families, community and staff on substance abuse.
  • Expand Substance Use Disorder treatment services.

Goal: Align efforts and collaborate with community partners

Strategies:

  • Partner with Healthier Together and County to explore alcohol policies and ordinances.
  • Partner with schools on substance abuse prevention and education.

Goal: Promote and support physical activity.

Strategies:

  • Support and engage communities and schools through PowerUp programs and partnerships.
  • Deepen the impact of PowerUp to increase and measure community health improvement.
  • Partner to provide free and low-cost physical activity opportunities.
  • Partner to increase awareness of physical activity resources.
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders in an effort to improve outdoor spaces and trails.

Goal: Promote and support better eating.

Strategies:

  • Support and engage communities and schools through PowerUp programs and partnerships.
  • Deepen the impact of PowerUp to increase and measure community health improvement.
  • Expand community education offerings around better eating.

Goal: Support and encourage healthy food and physical activity environment change.

Strategies:

  • Develop and deepen community partnerships to create healthy communities (Restaurants, local government, schools, etc.).
  • Support and positively influence policies that impact health and wellness.

Goal: Reduce opioid prescriptions, doses, and patients meeting chronic opioid use criteria

Strategies:

  • Reduce the supply of opioids.
  • Treat pain differently.
  • Address addiction.
  • Educate patients, families, staff and members.

Goal: Increase awareness and access of treatment for substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, ecigarettes, and drugs)

Strategies:

  • Increase awareness of available resources.
  • Provider training.
  • Support Healthy Beginnings Program.
  • Educate patients, families, community and staff on substance abuse.
  • Expand Substance Use Disorder treatment services.

Goal: Align efforts and collaborate with community partners

Strategies:

  • Partner with Healthier Together and County to explore alcohol policies and ordinances.
  • Partner with schools on substance abuse prevention and education.

Goal: Reduce accidental poisoning and drug abuse.

Strategies:

  • Offer free and environmentally-friendly medication collection at our hospitals and clinics for the community.
  • Promote community prescription take-back locations and disposal bags.

Goal: Increase awareness and access of treatment for substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, ecigarettes, and drugs)

Strategies:

  • Increase awareness of available resources.
  • Provider training.
  • Support Healthy Beginnings Program.
  • Educate patients, families, community and staff on substance abuse.
  • Expand Substance Use Disorder treatment services.

Goal: Align efforts and collaborate with community partners

Strategies:

  • Partner with schools on substance abuse prevention and education.

Goal: Improve access to care that is appropriate, affordable, and convenient

Strategies:

  • Advance consumer friendly initiatives to make our care easy to navigate and affordable.
  • Evaluate and adapt system capacity and design to meet patient needs.
  • Educate communities about advanced care planning.
  • Explore alternative care delivery methods.

Goal: Improve access to mental health services.

Strategies:

  • Improve access to mental health services for patients in crisis.
  • Expand alternative care delivery methods.
  • Increase internal and external awareness of existing services.
  • Explore opportunities to increase mental and behavioral health resources in schools.

Goal: Help our organization achieve its full potential by ensuring that every person who touches our organization feels welcomed, included, and valued

Strategies:

  • Develop the equity and inclusion acumen of our people.
  • Build a diverse recruitment, development and retention strategy.
  • Continue our work to support learning and development for Leaders and Non-leaders.

Goal: Reduce stigma surrounding mental illness

Strategies:

  • Expand and deepen Make It Ok anti-stigma campaign.
  • Develop and deepen community partnerships to reduce stigma.

Goal: Increase access to education and resources around mental health and well-being.

Strategies:

  • Offer HealthPartners online program for members, patients and employees.
  • Increase staff knowledge and awareness of mental health and wellbeing.
  • Develop and deepen community partnerships to improve mental health and wellbeing (Healthier Together, CHAT, Living Well Together, etc.).

Goal: Improve access to mental health services.

Strategies:

  • Improve access to mental health services for patients in crisis.
  • Expand alternative care delivery methods.
  • Increase internal and external awareness of existing services.
  • Explore opportunities to increase mental and behavioral health resources in schools.

Goal: Promote early child brain development

Strategies:

  • Incorporate early childhood resources into clinics and community.
  • Sustain the Children’s Health Initiative.
  • Partner to connect families of infants and young children to community resources.

Goal: Promote sustainable operations to positively impact the community

Strategies:

  • Implement practices that utilize resources efficiently, minimize waste and engage stakeholders.
  • Engage community to leverage strength and build relationships.
  • Partner with local Green Teams to increase outreach and partnership.

Goal: Support and encourage healthy food and physical activity environment change.

Strategies:

  • Develop and deepen community partnerships to create healthy communities (Restaurants, local government, schools, etc.).
  • Support and positively influence policies that impact health and wellness.

Goal: Promote breastfeeding

Strategies:

  • Offer educational opportunities for women and families.
  • Explore baby-friendly hospital status.

Goal: Strengthen existing and explore new community partnerships to address social determinants of health.

Strategies:

  • Standardize hunger screening and referral process with community partners.
  • Develop and deepen community partnerships to address social determinants in our efforts to eliminate health disparities (transportation, housing, food, etc.).
  • Explore opportunities for community giving and volunteerism.