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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aspirus Langlade Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To reduce substance abuse where hospital and community partner intervention can have positive impact.

  • Partnering with Langlade County Sheriff's Department, mental health services will be available for the incarcerated population in Langlade County Jail.
  • Develop and Education Series throughout Langlade County related to the following topics:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Question Persuade Refer (QPR), Trauma Informed Care provided for parents, teachers, clinicians. Teen peer issues provided for youth, elementary, middle school, high school kids.
  • Support the work of Action Alliance of Langlade County as it continues to research evidence based programs regarding substance abuse.

Goal: To increase awareness and knowledge for persons living in the hospital service area of the positive personal health benefits to living healthy lifestyles.

  • Continue to provide opportunities for group physical activities, such as 100 Mile program.
  • Provide parent and child education opportunities on various subjects including wellness, prevention, nutrition and physical activity.
  • Expand local Head Start services to five days and offer yearlong care.
  • Promote and develop Farm- to- Hospital initiatives starting March 2016 and running through March 2017.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive community help guide regarding available resources, contacts and related community assets. The guide would be modeled after the similar 2-1-1 Assistance Guide which was developed for Marathon County.
  • Continue the expansion and support for the WeekEnd Backpack Program (WEB). The WEB program provides students with easy open, child friendly food for needy families to eat over the weekend. The WEB will be expanded for the next school year to include all Antigo Unified District Schools including two local parochial schools.

Goal: To reduce substance abuse where hospital and community partner intervention can have positive impact.

  • Formation of the Prescription Drug Abuse Community Action Initiative, public awareness campaign. The campaign would offer a venue for informative and important round table discussion regarding prescription drug abuse in Antigo and Langlade County. In addition, research will be undertaken to determine the best practices regarding opioid prescribing policy implementation for use at Aspirus Langlade Hospital and its clinics. The research will include the best practice for execution of local awareness, information and education campaign regarding patient drug misuse.
  • Partnering with Langlade County Sheriff's Department, mental health services will be available for the incarcerated population in Langlade County Jail.
  • Develop and Education Series throughout Langlade County related to the following topics:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Question Persuade Refer (QPR), Trauma Informed Care provided for parents, teachers, clinicians. Teen peer issues provided for youth, elementary, middle school, high school kids.
  • Support the work of Action Alliance of Langlade County as it continues to research evidence based programs regarding substance abuse. This will include evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of implementing a local Drug Court to promote treatment and rehabilitation rather than focusing only on the criminal element of illicit drug usage.

Goal: To increase access to healthcare services and health equity for people living in the hospitals service area who are economically or socially disadvantaged.

  • Continue financial and community support for the two major projects created as a result of the 2013 CHNA. These projects are 1) the Prevention Fund for people in need of emergency financial assistance for medical needs such as medication, and the Community Patient Transportation Project to provide free transportation to patients who do not have reliable transportation.
  • Support of the Prevention Fund: To assist patients with an immediate need. The goal is to reduce unnecessary visits to the Emergency Room or walk-in, admissions or readmissions to the hospital by providing assistance with medications, medical supplies or any other immediate need identified.
  • Support of Community Patient Transportation Project: Working to expand transportation resources throughout Langlade County by collaborating with Red Robin Transit (operated by Menominee Public Transit) to provide an additional On-Demand Service van to provide transportation throughout all of Langlade County, Monday-Friday 6am – 10pm and to provide two additional routes on the current in-town bus route.

Goal: Assist community with mental illness in leading more productive and autonomous lifestyles, and to promote mental health through service, advocacy, and education for all ages through priority health areas identified.

  • Actively promote a year-long mental health community campaign in collaboration with business, churches, school systems, in Langlade County and the surrounding service area. Planning and implementation will include researching best practices on how other communities successfully executed mental health awareness campaigns.
  • Offer training and support for working professionals in public and social service environments. These efforts would create opportunities to build relationships, connect resources and open doors for inclusive community collaboration and support.
  • Restorative Programming for students in Langlade County middle schools to promote education related to issues of student bullying issues.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive community help guide regarding available resources, contacts and related community assets. The guide would be modeled after the similar 2-1-1 Assistance Guide which was developed for Marathon County.
  • Restorative Programming for students in Langlade County middle schools to promote education related to issues of student bullying issues.
  • Expand local Head Start services to five days and offer yearlong care.

Goal: To increase access to healthcare services and health equity for people living in the hospitals service area who are economically or socially disadvantaged.

  • Support of Community Patient Transportation Project: Working to expand transportation resources throughout Langlade County by collaborating with Red Robin Transit (operated by Menominee Public Transit) to provide an additional On-Demand Service van to provide transportation throughout all of Langlade County, Monday-Friday 6am – 10pm and to provide two additional routes on the current in-town bus route.