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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

Objective: Support Decreased Substance Abuse

Strategies: 

  • Host AA meetings at Mercy locations

Objective: Support Obesity Education

Strategies: 

  • Provide free health screenings at community events
  • Increase access to diabetes education programs at Mercy Health Mall
  • Sponsor 4th and 5th grade track meet to promote exercise and fitness
  • Wellness course for elementary school children
  • “My Plate” education and activity at health fairs
  • Increase “Healthy Image” Program

Objective: Support Decreased Substance Abuse

Strategies: 

  • Increase drug rehabilitation program utilization
  • Partner with drug prevention programs

Objective: Promote Smoking Cessation

Strategies: 

  • Increase access to Mercy's “Smoking Cessation” program
  • Create a scholarship program to bear some of the cost of the smoking cessation program
  • Provide a free "Commit to Quit" support group
  • Provide a stop smoking helpline through MercyCare
  • Offer a free stop smoking wellness program for employees
  • Work with the school districts to create an early education prevention program for children
  • Mail educational materials about lung cancer screenings

Objective: Increase Access to Mental Health Care

Strategies: 

  • Open an outpatient mental health program for teens and young adults
  • Offer a suicide survivor support group through the Options program

Objective: Increase Access to Dental Care

Strategies:

  • Statewide dental service project to provide preventive service and restorative care

Objective: Promote Hypertension Awareness

Strategies: 

  • Participate in community health fairs
  • Free screening days at clinics
  • Mercy-led community events
  • "Lunch and Learn" events held throughout the year to increase knowledge of heart failure and hypertension
  • Mailings with wellness tips
  • Provide access through Mercy website to hypertension screening tool

Objective: Support Obesity Education

Strategies: 

  • Provide free health screenings at community events
  • Increase access to diabetes education programs at Mercy Health Mall

Objective: Support Yearly Pap Test

Strategies: 

  • Educate on importance of PAP testing at community events
  • Mailings to women needing PAP testing

Objective: Colorectal Cancer Screening Education

Strategies: 

  • Provide education and awareness at community health fairs
  • Distribute publications on the importance of colorectal cancer screening
  • Increase access to gastroenterology physicians in the community
  • Send educational materials to the public

Objective: Increase Access to Mental Health Care

Strategies: 

  • Open an outpatient mental health program for teens and young adults
  • Offer a suicide survivor support group through the Options program

Objective: Autism Support

Strategies: 

  • Create an autism treatment fund
  • Provide autism awareness education at community health fairs
  • Provide autism screenings at pre-K screening events