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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Calumet Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To decrease the percentage of adults who binge drink in Calumet County.

Strategies:

-Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

  • Parents Who Host, Lose the Most is a public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.

-The Real Happy Hour

  • The purpose of the Real Happy Hour is to increase family time and family connectedness across the tri-county area of the Fox Valley (Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago).
  • 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 using the Real Happy Hour concept in their organization’s existing activities (i.e. food pantries).

Goal: Increase the proportion of residents of Calumet County who have a healthy diet and regular physical activity

Strategies:

-CMC Community Garden

  • The CMC Community Garden allows members of our community to rent a plot of land to grow fresh fruits and vegetables during the growing season.

-CMC’s Healthy Living Cooking

  • CMC’s Healthy Living Cooking is an annual event that promotes and educates the community on making healthier eating choices. The event includes a cooking demonstration from local chefs, a sit-down dinner to taste the demonstrated meal and local food vendors.

-Weight of the Fox Valley

  • Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) 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.
  • Collect actual (vs. self-reported) Body Mass Index data from the healthcare systems in the region to have a better understanding of the true obesity rates affecting the area. Health care organizations involved in the data collection will then explore the concept of mapping BMI data to identify if there are certain geographical areas that are increasingly afflicted by obesity and to guide community based implementation strategies tailored to those geographical areas.
  • WOTFV is also working to bring attention of the obesity epidemic and the need to work collaboratively with regional planning groups in the region, to city and town boards.

-Medication Disposal Drop Boxes

  • Calumet County has increased the number of drop box locations throughout the county to get unused or expired medications dropped off at a number of safe locations to avoid contamination of our water supply and the chance of an overdose/death if not disposed of properly.
  • Along with the REACH coalition, CMC will help educate Calumet County by distributing brochures and communication about the drop boxes.

Goal: To reduce suicide rates in Calumet County.

Strategies:

-QPR Suicide Prevention Training

  • 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 Care, in collaboration with the North East Wisconsin Mental Health Connection, (NEWMHC) 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 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 engage multiple organizations throughout the community and support them in integrating suicide prevention strategies into their organizational procedures.