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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Ripon Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

Decrease binge drinking and drug abuse/misuse among youth and adults.

Our strategies:

  • Work with communities to fully implement best practices as described in the Community Events Tool Kit.
  • Conduct compliance checks of licensed alcohol outlets and social host ordinances.
  • Utilize a social media/marketing campaign to raise awareness, and actively discourage binge drinking and over-consumption.

Increase the number of Fond du Lac County residents living at a healthy weight for their height.

Our strategies:

  • Implement a three-pillar approach from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, which promotes systems and policy changes that increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase physical activity and increase exclusive breastfeeding in infants to one year.
  • Support community wellness initiatives.
  • Utilize a social media/marketing campaign to raise awareness of the 5-2-1-0 message.
  • Work with schools to implement the Y5210 program throughout third grade classrooms.

Decrease binge drinking and drug abuse/misuse among youth and adults.

Our strategies:

  • Work with communities to fully implement best practices as described in the Community Events Tool Kit.
  • Work with emergency departments, urgent care facilities and dentists to develop a standardized prescribing pathway for pain protocol.
  • Implement four-pillar approach to addressing heroin/opioid abuse.

Increase mental health access to enhance the quality of life of Fond du Lac County residents.

Our strategies:

  • No Wrong Door: All gatekeepers are able to assess, provide or connect consumers to services.
  • Prevention and Wellness: Promote a stigma-free approach to mental/behavioral health wellness within Fond du Lac County.
  • Evidence-Based Services and Training.
  • Trauma Informed Care and Treatment: All gatekeepers are able to respond, assess, intervene or refer individuals who have been traumatized.
  • Population Specific Needs: Unique behavioral health needs of specific populations are met.

Improve the oral health status of Fond du Lac county residents.

Our strategies:

  • Secure additional funding sources to increase the capacity of the Save a Smile Children’s Dental Program.
  • Continue to work with community healthcare partners, assisting adults needing urgent dental care.
  • Develop and implement a community education campaign, demonstrating the impact poor oral health has on an individual, as well as the community.

Increase mental health access to enhance the quality of life of Fond du Lac County residents.

Our strategies:

  • No Wrong Door: All gatekeepers are able to assess, provide or connect consumers to services.
  • Prevention and Wellness: Promote a stigma-free approach to mental/behavioral health wellness within Fond du Lac County.
  • Evidence-Based Services and Training.
  • Trauma Informed Care and Treatment: All gatekeepers are able to respond, assess, intervene or refer individuals who have been traumatized.
  • Population Specific Needs: Unique behavioral health needs of specific populations are met.