Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Crawford County Public Health

225 N Beaumont Rd, Suite 306
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Crawford County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Increase awareness of unhealthy and risky use of alcohol for Crawford County residents, including youth.

Outcome:
By 2022, a minimum of four strategies will be implemented in Crawford County that indicates success at raising awareness of the dangers of abusing alcohol and drugs.

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome:

  • Offer evidence-based programs, including Parents who Host, Lose the Most, Family Matters, Strengthening Families Program, SADD, and DARE.
  • Look for and seek grants to continue alcohol compliance checks and other campaigns. 
  • Develop educational materials to be distributed in the community that highlights the legal, social, physical, psychological, and financial consequences of alcohol abuse. 
  • Encourage education at an early age and for the entire family focusing on prevention. .
  • Continue to expand education for youth on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
  • Promote alcohol free activities for youth and adults. 
  • Obtain and share with the community educational materials that promote open discussion about the consequences of alcohol abuse. 
  • Develop a countywide mass media campaign promoting responsible drinking. The campaign could also include the legal, social, and financial consequences of drinking and driving. 
  • Support having a relationship between the schools and the law enforcement through and of a liaison officer. 
  • Partner with the Tavern League to increase awareness in local taverns about drinking and driving. This could include creating flyers to hang in restrooms of bars or just asking “Who is driving you home?”

Goal #1: Promote knowledge of physical activity opportunities and benefits.

Outcome:
By 2022, four strategies will be used to help increase physical activity for all residents through an increased access to indoor and outdoor community activities and facilities

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome:

  • Partner with local initiatives (Healthy Roots, Wellness Network, Safe Routes to School, etc.) in designing physical activities or develop incentives or challenges to increase usage.

  • Partner with area community organizations to implement family physical activity events.

  • Partner with community groups and businesses to promote activity challenges among groups.

  • Increase awareness of physical activity opportunities for Crawford County residents and visitors.

  • Assure safe environments for physical activity.

  • Support physical activity in the school and the physical education program for students by certified physical education teachers.

  • Increase access to physical activity in Crawford County by increasing access and/ or providing additional information about existing resources. (schools, worksites, shopping centers, etc.)

  • Provide education on the benefits of physical activity.

  • Continue school facility access to community members.

  • Coordinate with the Aging and Disability Resource Center to increase physical activity to reduce falls and injury.

  • Partner with the Aging and Disability Resource Center to provide physical activity education to seniors through such programs as “Stepping On”.

  • Promote opportunities in the workplace to increase physical activity.

  • Promote importance of “Know Your Numbers”.

Goal #2: Promote knowledge of reliable, nutritional information and local resources to improve nutritional health.

Outcome: By 2022, Crawford County residents will eat more nutritious foods and drink more nutritious beverages. 

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome:

  • Encourage and promote local worksites, schools, and public places to make nutritious foods and beverages available.

  • Support local growers and their markets.

  • Work with community retailers including restaurants to have available and to promote healthy choices.

  • Provide education to the public on current nutrition and serving size recommendations for fruit, vegetables, meats, and dairy.

  • Work with schools on their Wellness Policies especially in the area of nutrition.

  • Support and promote Farm to School Programs in Crawford County Schools.

  • Support and promote Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program.

  • Partner with community agencies in hosting health and wellness fairs and expositions to promote nutrition, healthy recipes and physical activity in the community.

  • Support, promote and partner with local Transform Wisconsin Grant - Healthy Eating Initiative.

  • Support, promote and partner with UW Extension’s Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Grant initiatives.

Goal: Increase awareness of the dangers and adverse effects of methamphetamine and other drug use in Crawford County communities.

Outcome: 
By 2022, a minimum of four strategies will be implemented in Crawford County that indicates success at raising awareness of the dangers of abusing alcohol and drugs.

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome: 

  • Offer evidence-based programs, including Parents who Host, Lose the Most, Family Matters, Strengthening Families Program, SADD, and DARE. 
  • Encourage education at an early age and for the entire family focusing on prevention. 
  • Support CARE, school and law enforcement initiatives to reduce drug access and use.
  • Continue to expand education for youth on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
  • Provide education to the public on prescription drug abuse.
  • Provide education on proper disposal of prescription drugs, syringes and medical supplies. 
  • Promote countywide use of the collection program for unused prescription drugs.
  • Educate youth on the dangers of illegal use of prescription drugs and “pill parties”.
  • Provide education to youth, parents, and teachers about the drugs that are out there and what the dangers of those drugs are. 
  • Support having a relationship between the schools and the law enforcement through and of a liaison officer. 
  • Partner with Crawford County law enforcement to educate the community on the dangers and adverse effects of methamphetamine use.
  • Partner with the State on initiatives to stop the drug overdose epidemic.
  • Develop a presentation for parents on illegal street drugs, what the signs of use and abuse are, and what steps should be taken if they suspect their child is using.

Goal: Create awareness about the negative health consequences of tobacco use and exposure.

Outcome:
By 2022, four strategies will be utilized to make youth, adults, and pregnant women more aware of the negative health consequences of tobacco use and exposure.

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome:

  • Provide information for pregnant women on the consequences of tobacco use on their unborn child. 
  • Promote the First Breath Program provided by Crawford County Public Health for expectant mothers.
  • Promote the use of the Quit Line. 
  • Provide information on tobacco cessation at WIC, the hospital, clinics, and schools.
  • Provide information about the hazards of smokeless tobacco; especially targeting youth. 
  • Reach out to people living in poverty and make them aware of the negative health consequences of tobacco use.
  • Encourage/look for grants that could continue the tobacco compliance check program locally. 
  • Offer and promote positive activities for youth and adults. 
  • Continue to utilize current tobacco education resources in the community
  • Educate the community on the hazards of E-cigarettes. 
  • Promote and encourage policies banning the use of E-cigarettes in all public establishments.

Goal #1: Increase awareness of the importance of optimal oral health practices and access to oral health care.

Outcome:
By 2022, Crawford County residents will practice good oral health and have access to oral care.

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome:

  • Increase the knowledge among community stakeholders on the oral health needs of Crawford County and why it is a priority.
  • Provide education related to prevention and control of early childhood tooth decay.
  • Provide oral health and hygiene education at WIC, Head Start, schools and community health and wellness fairs and expositions.
  • Continue to provide fluoride varnish at multiple sites such as public health office, WIC clinics, Head Start.
  • Assess Crawford County school districts to determine appropriateness and viability of a school based fluoride either Swish or Varnish program and next steps initiated for those interested.
  • Support and promote the SEAL-a- Smile program in all Crawford County Schools.
  • Coordinate with school districts to implement daily tooth brushing program at school.
  • Explore dental sealant program for pregnant women enrolled in WIC/ PNCC.
  • Screen prenatal and postpartum clients for mental health wellness, including depression.

Goal: Increase recognition and awareness of the effects of mental health issues on the family unit and resources available.

Outcome: By 2020, Crawford County residents will have a better understanding of resources available or needed to improve mental health wellness.

Suggested Strategies to Accomplish Outcome

  • Work with hospitals, clinics and schools to improve identification of individuals who could benefit from formal mental health services.
  • Support the referral process for individuals and families in need of mental health services. 
  • Monitor and/or screen prenatal and postpartum clients for depression. 
  • Monitor cliental using public health services for mental health wellness. 
  • Promote activities that include family participation.
  • Partner with ADRC to build Dementia-Friendly Communities. 
  • Educate businesses on becoming Dementia-Friendly.
  • Provide educational sessions at blood pressure clinics, immunization clinics and community board meetings.