Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Memorial Medical Center-Ashland

1615 MAPLE LN
ASHLAND, WI 54806
Ashland County
Hospital Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan

Implementation Approaches

-Implement strategies designed to reduce access to alcohol by individuals under the age of 21 in Bayfield and Ashland counties.

  • Ashland and Bayfield counties will research and implement evidence based strategies to decrease the number of youth, under the age of 21 that illegally consume alcohol. To achieve this, they will collaborate with law enforcement, liquor license holders, youth serving agencies, local higher education organizations and other health organizations, including MMC, to establish evidence-based tactics that have an impact on minors.

-Advocate and educate for policy change to decrease AODA abuse in Ashland and Bayfield counties.

  • MMC, in collaboration with a graduate student, will create an educational toolkit for town, city and county governments on what policy actions they can take at a local level to assist in efforts to decrease AODA in Ashland and Bayfield counties. This toolkit will then be made available to other communities who might have interest in these efforts.
  • Ashland and Bayfield county public health officials, in collaboration with MMC, will also continue to advocate and support public health policies that assist decreasing AODA use and abuse on a local, state, and national level based on evidence-based policy initiatives currently underway in the United States

-Research opportunities to improve recovery capacity of Bayfield & Ashland County residents addicted to methamphetamine and build internal capacity to achieve and sustain a systems level local response.

  • Recovery Services staff from MMC will participate in a gap analysis to determine treatment gaps and resources for area residents addicted to methamphetamine. Once available resources and needs are identified, a plan based off of best practices within the field will be developed to ensure regional resources, including MMC's Recovery Services, are being fully utilized to provide support services to methamphetamine addicts.
  • Ashland and Bayfield counties will explore an effective and accurate way to track methamphetamine usage in Ashland and Bayfield counties through working with health care systems, law enforcement and AODA organizations.

-Advocate and educate for policy change to decrease AODA abuse in Ashland and Bayfield counties.

  • MMC, in collaboration with a graduate student, will create an educational toolkit for town, city and county governments on what policy actions they can take at a local level to assist in efforts to decrease AODA in Ashland and Bayfield counties. This toolkit will then be made available to other communities who might have interest in these efforts.
  • Ashland and Bayfield county public health officials, in collaboration with MMC, will also continue to advocate and support public health policies that assist decreasing AODA use and abuse on a local, state, and national level based on evidence-based policy initiatives currently underway in the United States