Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Reedsburg Area Medical Center

2000 N DEWEY AVE
REEDSBURG, WI 53959
Sauk County
Hospital Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan

Implementation Approaches

Goals: 

  • By 2018, reduce unhealthy and risky alcohol and other drug use by changing attitudes, knowledge, and policies, and by supporting services for prevention, screening, intervention, treatment and recovery.
  • By 2018, assure access to culturally appropriate and comprehensive prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support and ancillary services for underserved and socially disadvantaged populations who are at higher risk for unhealthy and risky alcohol and other drug use.
  • Support early intervention and treatment for alcohol and drug problems in clinics, social services, correctional settings and schools.
  • Encourage people to seek early treatment if alcohol or drug use is affecting their lives or loved ones

Proposed Action Plan: 

  • Continue to partner with the Sauk County Health & Wellness Coalition to bring speakers, treatment & recovery information to our community, especially our schools
  • Partner with the Sauk County Department of Human Services, which was recently awarded a one million dollar grant to address the issue of drug abuse in Sauk County. The grant will be expanding the current Vivitrol™ program and essentially create a model for addressing alcohol and drug problems throughout the county.
  • Have several RAMC employees serve on the C.A.R.E. (Community Activated Recovery Enhancement) coalition that is being formed for Reedsburg, and attend monthly meetings. The mission of C.A.R.E. is a collective group of agencies, organizations and individuals that assist those suffering from addictions with becoming clean and sober and establishing lifestyle skills in order to become a sustainable member of the community. Community stakeholders include physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, Sauk County Health Department, Human Services Department, and law enforcement, state legislators, public defenders, county supervisors, pharmacists, RN’s, addiction recovery associates & UW-Extension.

Goals: 

  • Decrease the percent of the population with no leisure time physical activity of Sauk County adult residents
  • Reduce the percentage of adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI)>30 in Sauk County
  • Provide families with the knowledge to improve their own health through better fitness and better eating choices.

Proposed Action Plan:

  • Work collaboratively to bring a Boys and Girls Club to Reedsburg
  • By December 31, 2016, RAMC will partner with the Sauk County Health and Wellness Coalition Steering Committee to expand the membership to include schools, citizen members, and philanthropic organizations.
  • By December 31, 2017, develop a county wide calendar of exercise and nutritional events available on social media outlets of the Sauk County Health and Wellness Coalition Steering Committee.
  • Participate in community-based and business-specific health fairs.
  • Honor requests from community organizations for speakers at healthy lifestyle presentations.
  • Create community awareness of RAMC’s Health4U overweight and obesity program through radio and print advertising.
  • Partner with the Reedsburg School District in continuing their School Garden during the school year and summer time, as well as providing healthy options and recipes for families.
  • Educate the community on the benefits of healthy eating at locations like health fairs and grocery stores.
  • Write articles promoting fitness in the community and in-house.
  • Continue to support and fund the school district’s walking program titled “Walking Club” for all school children at all 5 elementary schools.
  • Continue to provide a free Summer Walking program for families.
  • Continue to host RAMC’s annual Kids Fit & Safe Day.

Goals: 

  • By 2018, reduce unhealthy and risky alcohol and other drug use by changing attitudes, knowledge, and policies, and by supporting services for prevention, screening, intervention, treatment and recovery.
  • By 2018, assure access to culturally appropriate and comprehensive prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support and ancillary services for underserved and socially disadvantaged populations who are at higher risk for unhealthy and risky alcohol and other drug use.
  • Support early intervention and treatment for alcohol and drug problems in clinics, social services, correctional settings and schools.
  • Encourage people to seek early treatment if alcohol or drug use is affecting their lives or loved ones

Proposed Action Plan: 

  • Continue to partner with the Sauk County Health & Wellness Coalition to bring speakers, treatment & recovery information to our community, especially our schools
  • Partner with the Sauk County Department of Human Services, which was recently awarded a one million dollar grant to address the issue of drug abuse in Sauk County. The grant will be expanding the current Vivitrol™ program and essentially create a model for addressing alcohol and drug problems throughout the county.
  • Have several RAMC employees serve on the C.A.R.E. (Community Activated Recovery Enhancement) coalition that is being formed for Reedsburg, and attend monthly meetings. The mission of C.A.R.E. is a collective group of agencies, organizations and individuals that assist those suffering from addictions with becoming clean and sober and establishing lifestyle skills in order to become a sustainable member of the community. Community stakeholders include physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, Sauk County Health Department, Human Services Department, and law enforcement, state legislators, public defenders, county supervisors, pharmacists, RN’s, addiction recovery associates & UW-Extension.

Goals: 

  • Decrease the number of poor mental health days in Sauk County
  • Decrease the age-adjusted death rate due to suicide in Sauk County  
  • Provide coping tools for those struggling with the effects of drugs or alcohol in their lives.
  • Train laypersons in how to deal with those who are depressed or may be considering suicide.

Proposed Action Plan: 

  • Partner with Sauk County in local suicide prevention coalitions.
  • Participate in a Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training program in conjunction with Sauk County Health Department.
  • Conduct an annual day camp for kids that provides tools for coping with the effects of drugs or alcohol in their lives, in early 2017.
  • Create community awareness of mental health issues with radio, newsletter & print articles.
  • Partner with various community agencies and the Reedsburg School District on educational outreach dealing with mental health, suicide and alcohol & drug abuse awareness in students.
  • Work collaboratively to bring a Boys and Girls Club to Reedsburg.
  • Partner with the Sauk County Health and Wellness Coalition Steering Committee to identify local partners to build a mentor/role model program providing coaching on appropriate communication and other socially acceptable behaviors and skills.