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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Elizabeth Hospital

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To explore community based resources addressing alcohol misuse issues

Strategies:

  • Community Asset Inventory: 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: Every child needs time with a caring adult. Family meals increase a child’s ability to thrive. The Real Happy Hour is about families spending time together – whether at the dinner table or other activities. Research shows that family connectedness and parent-child bonding has positive effects including a reduction of substance abuse among adolescents, increased academic performance and more. 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 that encourage associates to use the Real Happy Hour concept (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

Strategies:

  • Weight of the Fox Valley:Weight of the Fox Valley 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.
  • Promote Breastfeeding in Hospital Setting: The 10 Steps to Baby Friendly Hospitals puts policies and procedures in place to support breastfeeding through the hospital setting. St. Elizabeth Hospital is working toward becoming a baby-friendly hospital.
  • School-based Behavioral Health Services: School-based behavioral health programs such as PATH (Providing Access to Healing) are designed to improve access to mental health services for children and youth who unable to obtain care elsewhere in the community. PATH is a United Way sponsored program in existence in the Appleton Area School District (Outagamie County).

Goal: To reduce suicide rates in Outagamie County.

Strategies:

  • QPR Suicide Prevention Training: QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, a nationally recognized “best practice” method for suicide prevention and education. 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 System in collaboration with the North East Wisconsin Mental Health Connection (N.E.W. MHC) 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 for follow up services 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 connect with 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 PATH (Providing Access to Healing) are designed to improve access to mental health services for children and youth who unable to obtain care elsewhere in the community. PATH is a United Way sponsored program in existence in the Appleton Area School District (Outagamie County).
  • The Real Happy Hour: Every child needs time with a caring adult. Family meals increase a child’s ability to thrive. The Real Happy Hour is about families spending time together – whether at the dinner table or other activities. Research shows that family connectedness and parent-child bonding has positive effects including a reduction of substance abuse among adolescents, increased academic performance and more. 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 that encourage associates to use the Real Happy Hour concept (i.e. food pantries).