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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Mary's Janesville Hospital

Implementation Approaches

1. Offer resources for patients with substance abuse diagnoses

  • Provide community support services for diagnosed patients, and provide immediate support from community organizations for Emergency Department patients wanting assistance with substance abuse
  • Support organizations which provide substance abuse services, including Rock County One to One

2. Improve placement opportunities and services for patients with substance abuse diagnoses

  • Partner with regional mental health providers on offering patient placement
  • With partnerships with other organizations, explore establishing additional mental health services and placement opportunities in Rock County

1. Increase community outreach and education regarding nutrition and physical fitness

  • Explore opportunities to collaborate with Rock County public schools on nutrition education
  • Work with faith community and other community groups on nutrition education and physical fitness

2. Improve access to healthy food options

  • Continue sponsorship of the Janesville Farmer’s Market
  • Partner with hospital cafeteria to ensure healthy offerings are consistently provided at a reasonable cost
  • Explore options to bring healthy food and opportunities for physical activity into underserved communities
  • Support organizations which provide healthy food to impoverished members of the community, including Meals on Wheels, ECHO, and food pantries

3. Increase youth physical fitness

  • Partner with community organizations, such as the Velo Club, on providing access to physical fitness programming to underserved youth

1. Offer community education and resources

  • Offer education or partner with other organizations regarding the root causes, prevention and/or treatment for opioid abuse
  • Research establishing an on-site pharmaceuticals disposal site and/or home medication lock boxes
  • Create community awareness regarding opioid and other drug issues through community activities

2. Offer resources for patients with substance abuse diagnoses

  • Provide community support services for diagnosed patients, and provide immediate support from community organizations for Emergency Department patients wanting assistance with substance abuse
  • Support organizations which provide substance abuse services, including Rock County One to One

3. Improve placement opportunities and services for patients with substance abuse diagnoses

  • Partner with regional mental health providers on offering patient placement
  • With partnerships with other organizations, explore establishing additional mental health services and placement opportunities in Rock County

4. Reduce addictive opioid prescriptions

  • Partner with physicians to increase alternatives to opioid (ALT) medication prescriptions

1. Provide community information and education regarding tobacco use

  • Offer education or partner with other organizations regarding the root causes, prevention and/or treatment for tobacco use
  • Provide prevention education to school-age children through various outreach efforts
  • Create community awareness regarding the hazards of tobacco use through community activities
  • Provide smoking cessation survival kits at community events

2. Provide smoking cessation resources

  • Continue offering on-site “Freedom from Smoking” smoking cessation program
  • Explore offering community evidence based programs regarding tobacco cessation during pregnancy

1. Improve placement opportunities and services for patients with substance abuse diagnoses

  • Partner with regional mental health providers on offering patient placement
  • With partnerships with other organizations, explore establishing additional mental health services and placement opportunities in Rock County