Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital

Ministry Health Care
401 W MOHAWK DR STE 100
TOMAHAWK, WI 54487
Lincoln County
Hospital Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education.

Strategies:

-Community Garden Project-promotes healthy eating and access to fresh foods

  • Hold gardening workshops
  • Offer gardening mentoring programs
  • Conduct community classes on food preparation and preservation
  • Provide food pantries and low income populations with fresh produce from community gardens
  • Provide financial contributions for community garden implementation and expansion
  • Provide financial contributions for EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) options at area farmers markets
  • Provide cooking class participants with a free cooking appliance after demonstration

-Establish Nutrition Policies and Practices to Promote Healthy Choices

  • Participate in Tomahawk School District wellness committee meetings focusing on food service, snack and concession nutrition standards
  • Provide education materials and consultative services of MSHH dietician to the Tomahawk School District as requested
  • Provide financial contributions for the purchase of water bottle filling stations and point-ofdecision prompts
  • Participate in the Lincoln County Nutrition coalition
  • Establish “5210” messages for all pediatric patients/families (“5210 Let’s Go” is a nationallyrecognized childhood obesity prevention program that works with schools, childcare and out-ofschool programs, healthcare practices, and community organizations to promote daily: 5 or more fruits/vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks)
  • Establish point-of-decision nutrition prompts
  • Participate in Ministry Health Care’s Obesity Strategic Plan

Goal: Increase good oral health care practices and access to oral health services.

Strategies:

-Establish and Maintain Oral Health Education and Programs for Children

  • Provide Sugar Out Day presentations and interactive programs to 2nd and 4th grade students in Lincoln County
  • Provide teachers with oral health toolkits
  • MSHH will provide dental kits to 2nd grade students in the Tomahawk School District
  • Provide adolescent dental kits to community agencies
  • Display Rethink Your Drink and oral health information in schools, clinics, hospitals and community agencies
  • MSHH will provide newborn oral health packets to new moms from Lincoln County delivering at Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital (in Oneida County)
  • MSHH will incorporate best practice oral health care into prenatal education classes

-Adult Oral Health Campaign

  • Participate in adult education programs connecting good oral hygiene to chronic disease prevention
  • Provide adult dental supplies to community agencies targeting poor and vulnerable populations
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Oral Health Resource Guide

Goal: Increase mental health awareness and access to mental health services.

Strategies:

-Hopeline

  • Hopeline is a free service provided by the Center for Suicide Awareness. It is the first emotional support text line in Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state. Its purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition will coordinate community wide education on this resource

-Establish and Maintain Mental Health Community Resources

  • Increase public awareness of mental health and available resources
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Mental Health Resource Guide
  • Hold annual mental health screenings and provide resources/education at (only) Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital health fair
  • Coordinate mental health educational posters throughout the community and at local Ministry Clinics
  • Distribute crisis intervention cards throughout Lincoln County

Goal: Increase mental health awareness and access to mental health services.

Strategies:

-Establish and Maintain Mental Health Training for Professionals

  • Develop sessions where poignant stories will be shared with front line health care professionals from the personal perspective by families and persons struggling with behavioral health issues enhancing compassion and sensitivity for patients in crisis
  • Conduct QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training sessions
  • Conduct Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training
  • Hold the 2018 Mental Health Summit
  • Conduct Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training

-Hopeline

  • Hopeline is a free service provided by the Center for Suicide Awareness. It is the first emotional support text line in Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state. Its purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. The Lincoln County Mental Health Coalition will coordinate community wide education on this resource

-Establish and Maintain Mental Health Community Resources

  • Increase public awareness of mental health and available resources
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Mental Health Resource Guide
  • Hold annual mental health screenings and provide resources/education at (only) Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital health fair
  • Coordinate mental health educational posters throughout the community and at local Ministry Clinics
  • Distribute crisis intervention cards throughout Lincoln County

Goal: Increase access to healthy foods and nutrition education.

Strategies:

-Community Garden Project-promotes healthy eating and access to fresh foods

  • Provide food pantries and low income populations with fresh produce from community gardens

  • Provide financial contributions for EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) options at area farmers markets

Oral Health

Goal: Increase good oral health care practices and access to oral health services.

Strategies:

-Tooth Fairy Fund Project

  • The Tooth Fairy Fund provides free dental care through a partnership with Bridge Community Dental Clinic (a federally-qualified community health center) for patients in the emergency department (ED) at MGSHC who do not have insurance.

-Establish and Maintain Oral Health Education and Programs for Children

  • Provide Sugar Out Day presentations and interactive programs to 2nd and 4th grade students in Lincoln County
  • Provide teachers with oral health toolkits
  • MSHH will provide dental kits to 2nd grade students in the Tomahawk School District
  • Provide adolescent dental kits to community agencies
  • Display Rethink Your Drink and oral health information in schools, clinics, hospitals and community agencies
  • MSHH will provide newborn oral health packets to new moms from Lincoln County delivering at Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital (in Oneida County)
  • MSHH will incorporate best practice oral health care into prenatal education classes

-Adult Oral Health Campaign

  • Participate in adult education programs connecting good oral hygiene to chronic disease prevention
  • Provide adult dental supplies to community agencies targeting poor and vulnerable populations
  • Update and distribute the Lincoln County Oral Health Resource Guide