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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Fond du Lac Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Decrease underage drinking, adult binge drinking, and the misuse and abuse of drugs, particularly opioids.

Our Strategies:

  • Work with communities to implement best practices as described in the Community Events Tool Kit.
  • Conduct compliance checks of licensed alcohol outlets and social host ordinances.
  • Utilize a social media/marketing campaign to raise awareness, and actively discourage binge drinking and over-consumption.

Goal: Increase the number of Fond du Lac County residents living at healthy weight for their height through eating healthier and being more active.

Our Strategies:

  • Implement a three-pillar approach from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, which promotes systems and policy changes that increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase physical activity, and increase exclusive breastfeeding in infants to one year.
  • Support community wellness initiatives.
  • Increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Implement a community-wide physical activity campaign.

Goal: Decrease underage drinking, adult binge drinking, and the misuse and abuse of drugs, particularly opioids.

Our Strategies:

  • Work with emergency departments, urgent care facilities and dentists to develop a standardized prescribing pathway for pain protocol.
  • Implement a four-pillar approach to address opioid abuse.

Goal: Reduce stigma around mental health and suicide, increase access to behavioral health services across the lifespan, and for those in high-risk groups, and decrease the number of deaths by suicide.

Our Strategies:

  • Increase the number of gatekeepers in FDL County who are able to assess, provide or connect consumers to services.
  • Promote use of universal and targeted screenings across the lifespan in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
  • Develop a Pathways to Care: Mental Health Navigation Tool for FDL County adults.

Trauma-Informed Care

Goals:

  • Increase community commitment for trauma-informed care services.
  • Increase educational opportunities on trauma-informed care in Fond du Lac County.
  • Implement a trauma-informed care assessment among a variety of community organizations.

Goal: Reduce stigma around mental health and suicide, increase access to behavioral health services across the lifespan, and for those in high-risk groups, and decrease the number of deaths by suicide.

Our Strategies:

  • Increase the number of gatekeepers in FDL County who are able to assess, provide or connect consumers to services.
  • Promote use of universal and targeted screenings across the lifespan in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
  • Promote a stigma-free approach to mental/ behavioral health and wellness through an educational campaign.
  • Develop a universal approach to safety planning across the county.
  • Develop a Pathways to Care: Mental Health Navigation Tool for FDL County adults.

Social Determinants of Health

Goals:

  • Increase awareness of the influence social determinants have in shaping health outcomes.
  • Improve health considerations in decision-making.