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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Hudson Hospital

Implementation Approaches

-Reduce risky and unhealthy alcohol and drug use

  • Actively participate in ongoing discussions and exploration of changing alcohol abuse through public policy

-Make better eating and physical activity easy, fun and popular for children and families through PowerUp Initiative

  • Deliver PowerUp School Challenge and School Change Toolkit in all interested schools in the New Richmond School District
  • Engage the community and develop PowerUp partnership through website resources, social media, ongoing newsletters and communications, community outreach and opportunities to advise and participate in priority program development
  • Consult with community partners and provide resources to create a healthier food and physical activity environment through open gyms, farmer's markets, school policy and practice changes, improving foods at community and school events and concessions
  • Focus community attention on healthier communities for children through PowerUp for Kids Week and ongoing community outreach
  • Provide ongoing educational opportunities for kids and families including cooking classes and educational resources

-Increase access to physical activity

  • Participate in Healthier Together Physical Activity Task Force
  • Obtain and assist in the implementation of the Community Opportunity Grant and Active Schools Core 4+
  • Support and promote community efforts to encourage physical activity including providing materials for National Walk to School Day for all school districts in St. Croix County
  • Partner with local, state and national park, recreation clubs, Centre, youth sports, schools and others to increase opportunities for youth, families and general community to be physically active
  • Participate on Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and support complete streets, increased pathways and safe routes to school
  • Increase availability of free and low cost physical activity options for children and families

-Increase access to fruits, vegetables and healthy food and decrease access to high calories, highly processed, low nutrient beverages and foods

  • Coordinate a Community Farmers Market on campus
  • Offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and other sources of local produce at the hospital
  • Continue to increase healthier, less processed food options in hospital café and meetings
  • Sustain the Healthier Together community garden on campus
  • Lead and participate in Healthier Together Healthy Foods Task Force
  • Participate in the New Richmond School District Wellness Committee
  • Reduce Sugar Sweetened Beverages in hospital and clinic campuses to no more than 20% of total beverages and foods offered.
  • Create food and beverage guidelines for hospital and clinic meetings.
  • Provide fruit and veggie community giveaway
  • Consult with and support partners to reduce high sugar/low nutrient food and sugar sweetened beverage offerings at community events

-Reduce risky and unhealthy alcohol and drug use

-Increase education around mental and behavioral health

  • Participate in Substance Abuse, Withdrawal and Detox Training

-Reduce use and exposure of tobacco among youth and adults

  • Offer tobacco cessation education to patients and the community
  • Participate in the Tobacco Free Living Coalition

-Improve access to mental health services

  • Update and distribute the Mental Health Guide Pierce & St. Croix Counties
  • Develop strategies to improve patient and community connection to mental and behavioral health care including seeking funding for a navigation model
  • Develop partnerships and models to embed behavioral health in primary care
  • Evaluate and develop inpatient treatment capacity for behavioral health care in the St. Croix Valley area
  • Improve processes for behavioral health patients in emergency department
  • Represents one of six hospitals that comprise the Valley Co-op Behavioral Health Team

-Improve connection between health care and community resources

  • Compile local community resources and share with staff, partners and patients via multiple methods including web and staff training

-Increase access and affordability of primary and preventative healthcare

  • Continue Wal-Mart Health Station
  • Continue Total Cost of Care Task Force efforts to reduce the total cost of care for patients served by the hospital
  • Assist patients with accessing affordable medication and medication monitoring by operating the Retail Pharmacy and continuing the Community Care Program (resource assistance)
  • Provide van service transportation for patients
  • Continue financial counseling program (1.0 FTE) to help secure a payment source for un-insured and under-insured patients. Specifically, the Patient Financial Services Representative will help patients with financial assistance applications, setting up payment plans, enrolling in government programs, finding other sources of payment, or accessing services beyond medical care.
  • Continue Scholarship Program to help increase the number of qualified providers in the community. Two scholarship awards offered to graduating high school seniors.
  • Plan and implement the Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program Rural Training Track that is expected to add an additional physician to a northwestern Wisconsin region every year
  • Utilize the electronic medical record system, which reduces the opportunity for error, expedites the patient transfer process, and allows for easier scheduling of appointments
  • Develop models of care in Emergency and Hospital medicine that increase efficiencies and access
  • Explore innovative bundled services for commercial and government programs in partnership with CMS and partner providers

-Improve the health of children in early childhood through Children's Health Initiative

  • Develop and implement Children’s Health Initiative strategies including: Read, Talk, Sing resources; Social Emotional Development identification; Promote drug and alcohol free pregnancies; Breast-Feeding Promotion; Standard Workflows; OB-Pediatric coordinated care; Postpartum Depression; Decrease Teen Pregnancy; Supporting High-Risk Families; Early Childhood Experience screening

-Improve oral health

  • Participate in Healthier Together Oral Health Task Force
  • Contribute and participate in the creation of the oral health backpack program. Students from each school district across the county receive a backpack with food supplies as well as a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, floss, a timer and oral health education/resources.
  • Contribute in local community meetings to promote the safety and health benefits of community water fluoridation

-Improve quality of care

  • Collaborate around quality improvement to identify and improve quality gaps including training in quality improvement for leaders

-Deliver equitable care

  • Train leaders and staff in diversity, health literacy and cultural humility
  • Explore, develop and promote policies to address health equity
  • Explore issue of equitable care and adept changes and measures
  • Provide financial counseling to help secure a payment source for un-insured and under-insured patients (see also Access and Affordability)

-Facilitate improved access to services and resources for low income and diverse populations

  • Participate in Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute's Community Teams Program to improve health food access and health equity.
  • Increase number of hospital materials available in other languages (Spanish)
  • Financially support the New Richmond School District backpack program for low income students
  • Improve and connect health service systems to community members (see also Access and Affordability)
  • Increase availability of free and low cost physical activity options for children and families

-Improve health awareness, knowledge and literacy in the community

  • Host a community health fair and events to share health information and resources with the community
  • Healthier Together: Engage the community and develop partnership through website resources, social media and communications, community outreach and opportunities to advise and participate in priority and program development
  • Host health outreach events to specific populations to share health information and resources with the community (Hops for Health; Women's Event; Diabetes event etc.)

-Reduce chronic disease and prevent illnesses

  • Support Public Health in communicable disease prevention efforts as circumstances warrant (i.e. immunizations for Whooping Cough, H1N1, etc.).
  • Collaborate to provide high quality Diabetes education to patients and families including standardized processes and educational materials
  • Continue to educate hospital and clinic staff on diabetes education principles through trainings, newsletters and communication through EPIC.

-Provide health education and support to patients and community members

  • Provide a variety of childbirth education and family classes (Baby & Me, Expectant Parents, Breastfeeding, Babysitter Training, CPR, Sibling Preperation)
  • Provide a wide variety of community education classes including cardiac rehab, tai chi for arthritis, advance planning, cancer prevention, etc. Continue to review opportunities in relation to programming and service line development.
  • Provide diabetes, caregiver, cancer survivor and weight control education and support groups. Continue to review opportunities in relation to programming and service line development.
  • Provide lactation support; encouraging breastfeeding and providing access to certified lactation consultants and breastfeeding education
  • Employ hospital dietitians to promote nutrition awareness and education to patients, their families, and the community

-Improve health awareness, knowledge and literacy in the community

  • Host a community health fair and events to share health information and resources with the community
  • Healthier Together: Engage the community and develop partnership through website resources, social media and communications, community outreach and opportunities to advise and participate in priority and program development
  • Host health outreach events to specific populations to share health information and resources with the community (Hops for Health; Women's Event; Diabetes event etc.)

-Reduce stigma surrounding mental illnesses

  • Implement Make It OK anti-stigma campaign
  • Integrate Make It OK into employee wellness programs for hospital
  • Support efforts to raise stigma awareness including participating in annual NAMI walk

-Improve access to mental health services

  • Update and distribute the Mental Health Guide Pierce & St. Croix Counties
  • Develop strategies to improve patient and community connection to mental and behavioral health care including seeking funding for a navigation model
  • Develop partnerships and models to embed behavioral health in primary care
  • Evaluate and develop inpatient treatment capacity for behavioral health care in the St. Croix Valley area
  • Improve processes for behavioral health patients in emergency department
  • Represents one of six hospitals that comprise the Valley Co-op Behavioral Health Team

-Increase education around mental and behavioral health

  • Offer and promote ongoing community education classes including classes on stigma, depression and various other mental health issues
  • Support and offer staff education on mental and behavioral health issues including mental health crisis training for Hospital and Emergency Department staff
  • Offer "Beating the Blues" online program for both patients and employees to learn ways to better manage mood, stress and anxiety
  • Participate in Success by 6 Coalition
  • Participate in Pierce - St. Croix CARES Coalition to create a responsive and effective system for promoting and protecting our children’s wellbeing
  • Participate in Substance Abuse, Withdrawal and Detox Training

-Enhance suicide prevention efforts

  • Participate in Suicide Prevention Coalition