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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To explore community based resources addressing alcohol misuse issues

Strategies:

-Community Asset Inventory (Environmental Scan)

  • In order to fully understand the issues surrounding alcohol misuse in our community, learn about the agencies and organizations that are involved in addressing this issues, and learn about the strategies currently used in the community, an environmental scan will be conducted that will serve to better guide our implementation strategies.

-The Real Happy Hour

  • The purpose of the Real Happy Hour is to increase family time and family connectedness across the tri county area of the Fox Valley (Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago).
  • Some upcoming activities the Real Happy Hour will be involved in is conducting focus groups with families, developing resources and toolkits families can use to improve the quality of family mealtimes, and building partnerships to increase the number of organizations using the Real Happy Hour concept in their organization’s existing activities (i.e. food pantries).

Goal: Increase the proportion of residents of Outagamie County and the tri county region overall, who have a healthy body mass index (BMI).

Strategy: Weight of the Fox Valley

  • Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) is a three-county initiative with a shared vision of working together to achieve and maintain a healthy weight at every age. Using a collective impact model, WOTFV strives to support mutually reinforcing activities conducted by a variety of community-based organizations committed to obesity prevention.
  • Collect actual (vs. self-reported) Body Mass Index data from the healthcare systems in the region to have a better understanding of the true obesity rates affecting the area. Health care organizations involved in the data collection will then explore the concept of mapping BMI data to identify if there are certain geographical areas that are increasingly afflicted by obesity and to guide community based implementation strategies tailored to those geographical areas.
  • WOTFV is also working to bring attention of the obesity epidemic and the need to work collaboratively with regional planning groups in the region, to city and town boards.

 -School-based Behavioral Health Services

  • School-based behavioral health programs, such as HOST (Helping Our Students Thrive), are designed to improve access to mental health services for children and youth who unable to obtain care elsewhere in the community. HOST is a Catalpa sponsored program in existence in the Oshkosh Area School District (Winnebago County).

Goal: To reduce suicide rates in Winnebago County and the tri-county area.

Strategies:

-QPR Suicide Prevention Training

  • Throughout the next three years, working with our partners, we will continue to provide trainings, update resources and disseminate suicide prevention information to the communities we serve.

-Test your Mood Online Survey

  • Each year during the National Depression Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, Ministry Health Care, in collaboration with the North East Wisconsin Mental Health Connection, (NEWMHC) will promote an anonymous online mood survey.
  • In the next years we will continue to work with the NEWMHC to support the dissemination of this effort and to include updated local resources on the survey.

-Zero Suicide-The Zero Suicide Initiative is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems and includes a specific set of strategies and tools

  • The focus of activity over the next three years will be to engage multiple organizations throughout the community and support them in integrating suicide prevention strategies into their organizational procedures.

 -School-based Behavioral Health Services

  • School-based behavioral health programs, such as HOST (Helping Our Students Thrive), are designed to improve access to mental health services for children and youth who unable to obtain care elsewhere in the community. HOST is a Catalpa sponsored program in existence in the Oshkosh Area School District (Winnebago County).

-The Real Happy Hour

  • The purpose of the Real Happy Hour is to increase family time and family connectedness across the tri county area of the Fox Valley (Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago).
  • Some upcoming activities the Real Happy Hour will be involved in is conducting focus groups with families, developing resources and toolkits families can use to improve the quality of family mealtimes, and building partnerships to increase the number of organizations using the Real Happy Hour concept in their organization’s existing activities (i.e. food pantries).