Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Columbia County Division of Health

2652 Murphy Road
P.O. Box 136
Portage, WI 53901
Columbia County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan
Time Frame: 2012-2017

Implementation Approaches

-Objective (Healthcare): Promote routine alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment (SBIRT) among health care clinics in Columbia County.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey clinics to assess current SBIRT practices.
  • By June 30, 2014, provide educational materials to clinics regarding the benefits of SBIRT and best practices for implementation.
  • By December 31, 2017, survey clinics to assess practices again.

-Objective (Schools): Facilitate the implementation of school-based programs aimed at reducing (1) alcohol and other drug use, and (2) impaired driving.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey municipalities regarding existing policies and ordinances related to drug and alcohol use.
  • Prioritize which policies and ordinances to encourage communities to adopt.
  • Create an implementation template for communities who are interested in passing AODA-related ordinances and policies and educate municipalities regarding the benefits of such.

-Objective (Community): Promote alcohol free community events.

  • By December 31, 2013, research existing alcohol-free community events and promote them by maintaining a database of such events and publicizing them in a brochure and online.

-Objective (Community): Promote the adoption of new municipal ordinances and policies aimed at reducing the use of alcohol and other drugs. (For example: alcohol demerit point systems, restrictions on the density of alcohol retail outlets, social host ordinances, K2 synthetic marijuana ordinances, etc.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey municipalities regarding existing policies and ordinances related to drug and alcohol use.
  • Prioritize which policies and ordinances to encourage communities to adopt.
  • Create an implementation template for communities who are interested in passing AODA-related ordinances and policies and educate municipalities regarding the benefits of such.

-Objective (Community): Educate legislators to increase funding for AODA-related issues and to amend Wisconsin statutes regarding (1) alcohol and other drug abuse and (2) increasing access to mental health and substance abuse treatment.

  • Monitor AODA-related legislative processes and, as needed, create and distribute educational materials to legislators regarding substance abuse issues.

-Objective (Community): Promote community education about substance abuse and advertise community AODA resources.

  • Partner with local organizations to promote, advertise and support community resources, including: Columbia County Treatment Court, United Way’s 211, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department’s presentation “Current Drug Trends”, Drug Endangered Children
  • By June 30, 2014, in partnership with local health providers, host a Community Health Fair with booths representing local AODA resources.

-Objective (Healthcare): Promote routine alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment (SBIRT) among health care clinics in Columbia County.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey clinics to assess current SBIRT practices.
  • By June 30, 2014, provide educational materials to clinics regarding the benefits of SBIRT and best practices for implementation.
  • By December 31, 2017, survey clinics to assess practices again.

-Objective (Schools): Facilitate the implementation of school-based programs aimed at reducing (1) alcohol and other drug use, and (2) impaired driving.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey municipalities regarding existing policies and ordinances related to drug and alcohol use.
  • Prioritize which policies and ordinances to encourage communities to adopt.
  • Create an implementation template for communities who are interested in passing AODA-related ordinances and policies and educate municipalities regarding the benefits of such.

-Objective (Community): Promote the adoption of new municipal ordinances and policies aimed at reducing the use of alcohol and other drugs. (For example: alcohol demerit point systems, restrictions on the density of alcohol retail outlets, social host ordinances, K2 synthetic marijuana ordinances, etc.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey municipalities regarding existing policies and ordinances related to drug and alcohol use.
  • Prioritize which policies and ordinances to encourage communities to adopt.
  • Create an implementation template for communities who are interested in passing AODA-related ordinances and policies and educate municipalities regarding the benefits of such.

-Objective (Community): Educate legislators to increase funding for AODA-related issues and to amend Wisconsin statutes regarding (1) alcohol and other drug abuse and (2) increasing access to mental health and substance abuse treatment.

  • Monitor AODA-related legislative processes and, as needed, create and distribute educational materials to legislators regarding substance abuse issues.

-Objective (Community): Promote community education about substance abuse and advertise community AODA resources.

  • Partner with local organizations to promote, advertise and support community resources, including: Columbia County Treatment Court, United Way’s 211, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department’s presentation “Current Drug Trends”, Drug Endangered Children
  • By June 30, 2014, in partnership with local health providers, host a Community Health Fair with booths representing local AODA resources.

-Objective (Community): Impact legislation to increase access to mental health services and implement effective suicide prevention measures.

  • Monitor mental health-related legislative processes and, as needed, create and distribute educational materials to legislators regarding suicide and mental health access issues.

-Objective (Community): Collect data to (1) Clearly define the problem of suicide in Columbia County (rates, characteristics of individuals who attempt and complete, circumstances surrounding events); (2) Identify risk and protective factors; and (3) Assess available community resources.

  • An annual report that assesses suicide in Columbia County will be written and published on the websites of Prevent Suicide Columbia County and Columbia County Health and Human Services.  
  • By December 31, 2013, work with the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office to improve and expand surveillance systems for the uniform collection of suicide data in our county.

-Objective (Community): Various key community stakeholders (schools, law enforcement, mental health providers, healthcare providers, faith community, businesses, etc.) will promote and support our coalition’s efforts for reducing suicide and increasing access to mental health services.

  • As needed, apply for grants from foundations, community groups, corporations, and governmental entities.
  • Ongoing, use community partners’ newsletters, websites, and social media for informational campaigns and to publicize suicide prevention services and programs.
  • By December 31, 2013 and renewed annually, local organizations (including employers, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, media, social service organizations, etc.) will collaborate with our coalition as Partners in Preventing Suicide by taking action on one or more of our Coalition’s written recommendations to prevent suicide.
  • By September 30, 2014 and annually, plan and implement a fundraising and awareness-building activity with local businesses (including restaurants, bars, and veteran’s organizations), perhaps in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, the second week of September.
  • By September 30, 2013 and annually, host a Walk for Hope to raise funds and awareness, educate, share resources, and offer support to those affected by suicide.
  • By September 30, 2014 and annually, hold a fundraiser golf tournament.

-Objective (Community): Implement public information campaigns designed to promote the awareness that suicide is a preventable public health problem and that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.

  • By November 30, 2013, work with local media to develop and disseminate public service announcements describing a safe and effective message about suicide and its prevention.
  • By December 31, 2015, collaborate with other county suicide prevention coalitions to explore the feasibility of creating statewide public service announcements for television.

-Objective (Community): Train as many community members as possible in the signs of depression and suicide and where to refer people for help and resources.

  • Support and sustain Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training at the gatekeeper and trainer levels to train community members to recognize signs of depression and suicide and refer to resources.

-Objective (Community): Impact legislation to increase access to mental health services and implement effective suicide prevention measures.

  • Monitor mental health-related legislative processes and, as needed, create and distribute educational materials to legislators regarding suicide and mental health access issues.

-Objective (Schools): Work with local schools to facilitate the implementation of effective suicide prevention programs.

  • By March 31, 2014 and biennially, in partnership with Columbia County Connects to Prevent Substance Abuse, host a countywide Health Summit for school staff to come together to review data from the biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey and brainstorm means for more effective prevention programs.

-Objective (Healthcare): Work with local healthcare providers to promote the implementation of effective suicide prevention tools in clinic and hospital settings. Tools may include efforts to improve screening, education, and referral practices.

  • By December 31, 2013, survey local clinics and emergency departments to assess current screening and referral practices.
  • By December 31, 2014, research evidence-based practices and provide healthcare providers (including primary care providers and emergency room personnel) with tools for: (1) screening clients for suicide risk; (2) educating families about means restriction and the importance of follow-up care to reduce the reoccurrence of attempted suicide; and (3) referring clients to resources.
  • By December 31, 2017, survey local clinics and hospitals again to assess screening, education, and referral practices.