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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center

Implementation Approaches

Strategy: Improve the health of patients with mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse issues through increased access to education and care for these patients

Tactics:

  • Continue to develop and offer various access sites and programs for mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse treatment
  • Partner with local agencies to provide education and support for patients and families living with mental health, substance abuse and/or alcohol abuse issues

Strategy: Improve the physical health of patients living in the primary service area

Tactics:

  • Support obesity and nutrition education
  • Provide free health screenings at health fairs and community events
  • Partner with local schools to provide educational programs
  • Provide health options to employees of Mercyhealth
  • Support and sponsor athletic events and other programs that promote physical activity in the community

Strategy: Improve the health of patients with mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse issues through increased access to education and care for these patients

Tactics:

  • Continue to develop and offer various access sites and programs for mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse treatment
  • Partner with local agencies to provide education and support for patients and families living with mental health, substance abuse and/or alcohol abuse issues

Strategy: Improve the health of patients with mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse issues through increased access to education and care for these patients

  • Continue to develop and offer various access sites and programs for mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse treatment
  • Implemented Urgent Clinic – appointments (within seven days) for patients discharging from the Behavioral Health Unit

Strategy: Improve the long term health of the community through chronic disease prevention

Tactics: 

Promote education and awareness for prevention of chronic conditions:

  • Participate in community health fairs
  • Offer free screenings for certain chronic conditions
  • Primary care physicians provide education on prevention of chronic conditions
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
  • Smoking cessation

Diabetes, Heart Disease, COPD, Hypertension:

  • Increase access to education and programs through current Mercyhealth chronic disease prevention initiatives
  • Partner with local and national organizations to promote and create awareness of diabetes

Strategy: Improve the health of patients with mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse issues through increased access to education and care for these patients

Tactics:

  • Continue to develop and offer various access sites and programs for mental health, substance abuse and alcohol abuse treatment
  • Implemented Urgent Clinic – appointments (within seven days) for patients discharging from the Behavioral Health Unit
  • Continue to monitor current Mercyhealth Behavioral Health programs and modify locations, services and other needs as necessary
  • Partner with local agencies to provide education and support for patients and families living with mental health, substance abuse and/or alcohol abuse issues
  • Host a services of three Youth Mental Health First Aid workshop