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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To decrease the negative impact of drugs and alcohol in Douglas County

Objectives/Action Steps:

  • Partner and support the "AODA (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Community Coalition of Douglas County"
  • Two project focuses for the coalition: Community Awareness and Family and Loved Ones Informational Packets
  • Increased education to youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol (Too Good for Drugs Program)

Goal: To decrease the negative impact of drugs and alcohol in Douglas County

Objectives/Action Steps:

  • Partner and support the "AODA (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Community Coalition of Douglas County"
  • Two project focuses for the coalition: Community Awareness and Family and Loved Ones Informational Packets
  • Increased education to seniors about safe medication storage and disposal
  • Increased education to youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol (Too Good for Drugs Program)
  • Increase awareness in the community about the opioid crisis and prevention education

Goal: To reduce the use of and exposure to tobacco products in the community

Objectives/Action Steps:

  • Participate in and support the Northwest WI Tobacco Free Coalition and their projects and initiatives
  • Promote and increase education to pregnant and post partum women about the negative health effects of tobacco use
  • Promote and increase education to pregnant and post partum women about resources for smoking cessation
  • Increase education to youth and adults on the dangers and negative health effects of e-cigarettes
  • Increase education on the negative health effects of second hand smoke
  • Increased education on the science of addiction and promoting positive behaviors to improve health
  • Support the Lethal Lure Campaign (campaign that educates the community about the harms menthol and flavored tobacco products)
  • Inform and educate policy makers on the health dangers of e-cigarettes

Goal: Improve mental health and well being in Douglas County

Objectives/Action Steps:

  • Partner with, support and participate in the Mental Health Coordinated Community Response Group (MHCCR). The priorities of this group are: Increase awareness about mental health issues, support training by coordinating and/or providing trainings for mental health providers or families or community members/professionals, improve access to meet the needs of all individuals, and enhance options by advocating for the specialized services and providers needed for all people and their families that are affected by mental illness.
  • Increase education on the importance of physical activity as important for mental health
  • Increased awareness and education on the importance of mental health in infants and children

Goal: To reduce the use of and exposure to tobacco products in the community

Objectives/Action Steps:

  • Promote and increase education to pregnant and post partum women about the negative health effects of tobacco use
  • Promote and increase education to pregnant and post partum women about resources for smoking cessation