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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Upland Hills Health

Implementation Approaches

Goals: 

  • Reduce the percentage of physically inactive adults in Iowa County
  • Reduce the percentage of obese adults (BMI 30 or greater) in Iowa County

Action Plan:

  • Continue participation in the Healthy Iowa County Initiative which started in January 2014. Laura Isaacson R.D. and Rebecca Tank RN are involved in the Diet and Physical Activity Task Force branch of this committee. The goal of the initiative is to partner with the medical community, schools, law enforcement, parks and recreation, businesses, local government and community groups to improve the health and wellness in our community. 
  • Continue to develop the Walking Trail on the UHH campus. This will benefit the UHH and Nursing and Rehab Center employees, visitors along with another opportunity activity for the community.
  • Consider having an annual or biannual educational luncheon and/or dinner offered to the community. This luncheon and/or dinner would target lower socioeconomic individuals, with a meal provided and education on nutrition, activity and mental health.
  • Explore the possibility of hosting a Joe Piscatella Seminar – A one day seminar on lifestyle and heart-healthy living. Consider partnering with a Lands’ End and Cummins Emissions for this event.
  • Participate and co-sponsor the Health and Wellness Expo with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and provide education regarding physical activity, nutrition, and mental health along with free health screenings to participants.
  • UHH Wellness Center – Continue to promote and offer this affordable facility for exercise. The UHH Wellness Committee is working with the Therapy Center on the possibility of extending current hours and class offerings.
  • UHH Hall Walking Program. Continue to offer and promote this popular free option for activity to the public. Consider signage to indicate distance in miles of hallway.
  • Annual Community Fun Run/Walk. Continue to have UHH sponsor this event which promotes activity in our hospital and the community.
  • Honor requests from community organizations for speakers at healthy lifestyle presentations.
  • Continue the UHH Wellness Committees Nutrition and Physical Activity projects to help promote healthier food choices and activity options.
  • Continue to partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Iowa County Health Department to sponsor and facilitate the Healthy Living with Diabetes program (a high level evidence-based prevention program from Stanford for individuals with diabetes). This program is being offered in the community and is free to Iowa County residents.
  • Continue to partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Iowa County Health Department to sponsor and facilitate the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops (a high level evidence-based prevention program from Stanford for individuals with managing any chronic condition such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety). This program is being offered in the community and is free to Iowa County residents.
  • Continue to partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Iowa County Health Department to sponsor and facilitate the Stepping On program (a high level evidence-based prevention program proven to be effective in managing fall prevention). This program is being offered in the community and is free to Iowa County residents.
  • In 2016, the Aging and Disability Resource Center is participating in a research based pilot project aimed at decreasing sedentary behavior. The UHH will support the ADRC in this project by assisting in providing referrals to the program.
  • The Aging and Disability Resource Center plans to identify and sponsor at least two bilingual or Spanish speaking individuals to be trained as facilitators in the Spanish version of Healthy Living with Diabetes program. The training of the facilitators shall be completed and the first local workshop planned by June 15, 2017. UHH will assist in the marketing of this program and assist in referring participants.

Goals: 

  • Enhance public knowledge about the science of addiction medicine including risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Improve healthcare practices within the Upland Hills Health system to reflect best practices for addiction
  • Improve access to treatment for addiction medicine in our community

Action Plan: 

  • Focus on addiction medicine for one or more episodes of Wisconsin Doctors
  • Send a letter to Upland Hills Health primary care patients regarding prescription drug abuse in our community
  • Improve collaboration with local law enforcement on controlled substances and addiction medicine, and explore the possibility of a working group on this issue
  • Explore attending providers’ interest in addiction medicine evidence update CME and if desired provide this education
  • Explore current hospital practices regarding screening for substance abuse and update these if necessary to reflect the best evidence-based screening methods
  • Offer educational opportunities to nursing staff regarding brief intervention strategies such as motivational interviewing as well as local options for referral to treatment
  • Improve UHH Primary Care Clinics’ controlled substances prescribing practices by having all patients on longterm controlled substances report for an informed consent visit and be subject to regular and random urine drug screens
  • Increase access to general psychiatric care through behavioral telehealth program
  • Work towards adding a buprenorphine/naltrexone (suboxone) prescriber in our service area
  • Increase access to general psychiatric care through behavioral telehealth program
  • Work towards adding a buprenorphine/naltrexone (suboxone) prescriber in our service area
  • The Aging and Disability Resource Center plans to identify and sponsor at least two bilingual or Spanish speaking individuals to be trained as facilitators in the Spanish version of Healthy Living with Diabetes program. The training of the facilitators shall be completed and the first local workshop planned by June 15, 2017. UHH will assist in the marketing of this program and assist in referring participants.
  • Continue to partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Iowa County Health Department to sponsor and facilitate the Healthy Living with Diabetes program (a high level evidence-based prevention program from Stanford for individuals with diabetes). This program is being offered in the community and is free to Iowa County residents.
  • Continue to partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Iowa County Health Department to sponsor and facilitate the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshops (a high level evidence-based prevention program from Stanford for individuals with managing any chronic condition such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety). This program is being offered in the community and is free to Iowa County residents.
  • The Aging and Disability Resource Center plans to identify and sponsor at least two bilingual or Spanish speaking individuals to be trained as facilitators in the Spanish version of Healthy Living with Diabetes program. The training of the facilitators shall be completed and the first local workshop planned by June 15, 2017. UHH will assist in the marketing of this program and assist in referring participants.
  • Continue to partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Iowa County Health Department to sponsor and facilitate the Stepping On program (a high level evidence-based prevention program proven to be effective in managing fall prevention). This program is being offered in the community and is free to Iowa County residents.

Goals:

  • Increase options, awareness, and utilization of transportation services for medical and health-related treatments.

Action Plan: 

  • Develop a community task force to evaluate, plan, and implement new transportation options.
  • Recruit and retain volunteer drivers.
  • Develop an evening and weekend provider program.
  • Develop a flyer listing all transportation options and distribute to community agencies, primary and specialty care clinics, and other health care providers.
  • Explore opportunities to provide accessible transportation to individuals who reside rurally and are most at risk for isolation.