Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital-Superior

Essentia
3500 TOWER AVE
SUPERIOR, WI 54880
Douglas County
Hospital Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Decrease the negative impact of alcohol on priority populations, specifically, alcohol use in youth.

Strategy #1: Collaborate with partners and stakeholders in Douglas County to increase awareness of dangers of alcohol abuse and behaviors associated with legal and responsible alcohol use

-Objective #1: Meet with Douglas County Public School Districts and other key partners to learn about current programming related to alcohol use for area youth.

-Objective #2: Identify evidence based best practices related to promoting a healthy attitude towards alcohol in youth, determine if programs overlap with other CHNA priority areas.

-Objective #3: Identify key partners and stakeholders related to alcohol use in youth.

-Objective #4: Implement programming collaboratively with community partners and stakeholders as able and necessary.

Tactics: 

  • Review and/or collect baseline data on behaviors in Douglas County youth related to binge drinking
  • Increase community education on responsible alcohol use  
  • Increase community awareness on dangers of youth alcohol use
  • Implement programming if gaps exist for area youth on responsible behaviors related to alcohol

Goal: Increase physical activity and support healthy-weight promoting behaviors in Douglas County.

Strategy #1: Collaborate with partners and stakeholders within Douglas County to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy-weight promoting behaviors.

-Objective #1: Identify priority populations based on community data and focus groups.

-Objective #2: Review current physical activity and healthy-weight promoting opportunities in Douglas County.

-Objective #3: Review evidence based best practices on increasing physical activity and healthy-weight promoting behaviors.

-Objective #4: Increase community awareness of physical activity and healthy weight promoting opportunities through active partnerships.

Tactics:

  • Collect baseline data on current physical activity minutes in Douglas County as well as other supporting data points
  • Increase physical activity offerings at local YMCA for seniors
  • Partner with City of Superior on Active Transportation Planning
  • Explore feasibility and necessary partnerships to launch Safe Routes to School Program in Douglas County in 2018
  • Expand Diabetes Prevention Program offering through key partnerships
  • Review current public school policies on active recess
  • Determine if through key partnerships, physical activity minutes at Douglas County Public Schools can be increased
  • Work with partners to promote healthy-weight behaviors throughout Douglas County
  • Review current information related to access to fresh and healthy food within Douglas County

Goal: Decrease the negative impact of other drugs on adults in Douglas County.

Strategy #1: Update and reform prescribing practices related to opiates.

-Objective #1: Share updated prescribing practices with local partners and stakeholders.

-Objective #2: Review additional evidence based best practices related to drug use in adults.

-Objective #3: Collaborate with community partners and stakeholders on efforts focused on decreasing drug use and abuse.

Tactics:

  • Continued work on Essentia Health initiatives on opiates
  • Increase community awareness of Essentia Health initiatives on opiates
  • Strategically partner in the community to decrease drug use

Goal: Decrease impact of tobacco on priority populations.

Strategy #1: Increase community awareness of the negative health effects of tobacco.

-Objective #1: Increase community capacity to address tobacco use.

-Objective #2: Increase community educational opportunities to learn of the negative health effects of tobacco in youth and pregnancy.

-Objective #3: Increase community and media based outreach on the negative health effects of tobacco in youth and pregnancy.

Tactics:

  • Increase access to tobacco treatment specialists
  • Promote opportunities for pregnant women and post-natal women to quit smoking
  • Increase education of the negative health effects of e-cigarettes in youth
  • Work with partners and stakeholders to identify opportunities to raise community awareness of the negative health effects of tobacco, including e-cigarettes

Goal: Continue to work to improve access to mental health resources and care.

Strategy #1: Increase awareness of current mental health resources within Douglas County.

-Objective #1: Identify gaps in seeking mental health care in Douglas County.

-Objective #2: Work with partners and stakeholders to promote current mental health resources within Douglas County.

Tactics:

  • Increase visibility of mental health resources in Douglas County.
  • Promote current resources through active partnerships and communication channels.
  • Increase providers’ knowledge of current mental health resources within Douglas County.

Goal #1: Improve mental health and well being in Douglas County.

Strategy #1: Increase awareness about what creates mental well-being and resilience.

-Objective #1: Review evidence based best practices on increasing awareness of mental well-being.

-Objective #2: Identify community partners and stakeholders.

-Objective #3: Identify resources needed for community-wide campaign or efforts.

Tactics:

  • Review baseline data on current perception of mental health and well being for Douglas County.
  • Work with partners and stakeholders on community wide campaign related to resiliency.
  • Work with partners and stakeholders on community wide campaign related to mental well being.

Goal #2: Continue to work to improve access to mental health resources and care.

Strategy #1: Increase awareness of current mental health resources within Douglas County.

-Objective #1: Identify gaps in seeking mental health care in Douglas County.

-Objective #2: Work with partners and stakeholders to promote current mental health resources within Douglas County.

Tactics:

  • Increase visibility of mental health resources in Douglas County.
  • Promote current resources through active partnerships and communication channels.
  • Increase providers’ knowledge of current mental health resources within Douglas County.