Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Forest County Health Department

Courthouse, 200 East Madison
Crandon, WI 54520
Forest County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan
Time Frame: 2017-2020

Implementation Approaches

Goal 1: Strengthen data on AODA in Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties.

Objective: Two data collection tools will be identified and utilized biennially (every two years) on alcohol and other drug use throughout Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties

Strategy Examples

  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
  • Tri-Ethnic Youth Survey
  • Community Surveys
  • Department of Aging data systems

Goal 2: Increase access to AODA services and programs in Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties

Objective: Identify and share current AODA services and programs in each county and develop a plan to update at least annually

Strategy Examples 

  • Utilize 211
  • Explore apps
  • Create and maintain electronic database
  • Brochures, website, social media

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened or expanded upon to address gaps in AODA services.

Strategy Examples

  • Standardized referral systems
  • Wellness courts
  • Prevention and management of alcohol problems in older adults
  • Wrap around services-drug endangered children, Coordinated Service Teams

Goal 3: Decrease alcohol and drug abuse in Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Objective: Implement one policy to impact alcohol and drug use in Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples

  • Social host ordinances
  • Public alcohol availability restrictions
  • Enforcement of underage drinking laws-alcohol compliance checks
  • School review of Human Growth and Development Curriculum per state statute

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened or expanded upon to decrease alcohol and drug abuse in each sector.

Strategy Examples

  • Multi-component community interventions against alcohol impaired driving
  • Group-based parenting programs-building resiliency
  • Universal school-based programs: alcohol misuse and impaired driving

Goal 1: Evidence-based programming will be selected to promote chronic disease prevention and management.

Objective: Increase the number of evidence-based programs that support healthy nutrition throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties

Strategy Examples

  • Point of decision prompts
  • Break time for nursing mothers
  • Farm to school programs

Objective: Increase the number of evidence-based programs that support physical activity throughout Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties

Strategy Examples

  • Work-site wellness programs
  • Programming for older adults
  • Physical education minutes in schools

Goal 2: Built environments that support chronic disease prevention and management will be established.

Objective: One new or existing environmental strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded upon to support physical activity throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples

  • Streetscape design
  • Bike and pedestrian master plans
  • Walking school bus

Objective: One new or existing environmental strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded upon to support nutrition throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples

  • Community gardens (day-cares, schools, nursing homes and schools)
  • Farmers markets and stands
  • Health food initiatives in food banks

Goal 3: Policies that promote chronic disease prevention and management

Objective: Increase the number of policies that support improved nutrition.

Strategy Examples

  • Business for breastfeeding
  • Junk food tax
  • School nutrition policies

Objective: Increase the number of policies that support increased physical activity.

Strategy Examples

  • Worksite policies
  • Physical activity school policies
  • Zoning regulations for land use policies

Goal 1: Strengthen data on AODA in Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties.

Objective: Two data collection tools will be identified and utilized biennially (every two years) on alcohol and other drug use throughout Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties

Strategy Examples

  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
  • Tri-Ethnic Youth Survey
  • Community Surveys
  • Department of Aging data systems

Goal 2: Increase access to AODA services and programs in Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties\

Objective: Identify and share current AODA services and programs in each county and develop a plan to update at least annually

Strategy Examples 

  • Utilize 211
  • Explore apps
  • Create and maintain electronic database
  • Brochures, website, social media

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened or expanded upon to address gaps in AODA services.

Strategy Examples

  • Standardized referral systems
  • Wellness courts
  • Prevention and management of alcohol problems in older adults
  • Wrap around services-drug endangered children, Coordinated Service Teams

Goal 3: Decrease alcohol and drug abuse in Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Objective: Implement one policy to impact alcohol and drug use in Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples

  • Social host ordinances
  • School review of Human Growth and Development Curriculum per state statute

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened or expanded upon to decrease alcohol and drug abuse in each sector.

Strategy Examples

  • Group-based parenting programs-building resiliency
  • Proper drug disposal programs

Goal 1: Evidence-based programming will be selected to promote chronic disease prevention and management.

Objective: Decrease tobacco use

Strategy Examples

  • First Breath
  • Policy development- OTP product placement
  • Street Smarts

Goal 1: Strengthen Data Collection

Objective: Identify two data collection tools to be utilized annually to assess access to care in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties

Strategy Examples 

  • Create a local, primary data source
  • Work with local providers and health care facilities to establish indicators to assess access to care

Goal 2: Reduce the Barriers to Health Care Services

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded to increase access to reliable transportation in the counties of Forest, Oneida and Vilas.

Strategy Examples

  • Encourage healthy community design
  • Increase access to affordable, public transportation

Goal 1: Increase Health Literacy

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded to increase the dissemination or use of evidence-based health literacy practices and interventions.

Strategy Examples 

  • Strengthen partnerships with local libraries and other organizations in the community
  • Increase education of health literacy and warning signs of low health literacy with partners

Goal 2: Improve Health Considerations in Policy Development

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded to increase health consideration during policy development to eliminate health disparities

Strategy Examples

  • Increase education on the social determinants of health and their effects on health

 

Goal 1: Evidence-based programming will be selected to promote chronic disease prevention and management.

Objective: Decrease tobacco use

Strategy Examples

  • First Breath
  • Policy development- OTP product placement
  • Street Smarts

Objective: Increase the number of evidence-based programs that support healthy nutrition throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties

Strategy Examples

  • Point of decision prompts
  • Break time for nursing mothers
  • Farm to school programs

Objective: Increase the number of evidence-based programs that support physical activity throughout Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties

Strategy Examples

  • Work-site wellness programs
  • Programming for older adults
  • Physical education minutes in schools

Goal 2: Built environments that support chronic disease prevention and management will be established.

Objective: One new or existing environmental strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded upon to support physical activity throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples

  • Streetscape design
  • Bike and pedestrian master plans
  • Walking school bus

Objective: One new or existing environmental strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded upon to support nutrition throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples

  • Community gardens (day-cares, schools, nursing homes and schools)
  • Farmers markets and stands
  • Health food initiatives in food banks

Goal 3: Policies that promote chronic disease prevention and management

Objective: Increase the number of policies that support improved nutrition.

Strategy Examples

  • Business for breastfeeding
  • Junk food tax
  • School nutrition policies

Objective: Increase the number of policies that support increased physical activity.

Strategy Examples

  • Worksite policies
  • Physical activity school policies
  • Zoning regulations for land use policies

Goal 1: Strengthen data on mental health in Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties

Objective: One data collection tool related to mental health will be identified and utilized throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties

Strategy Examples

  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey
  • Department of Agind data systems
  • Community survey

Goal 2: Increase the number of mental health access points to expand the availability of mental health services to Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties.

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded upon to expand the availability of mental health services throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

Strategy Examples 

  • Families and Schools Together- FAST
  • Facilitate social connectedness and community engagement across the lifespan
  • Mental health benefits legislation
  • Telemedicine
  • Behavioral health primary care integration

Goal 3: Decrease Suicide and Depression in Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded upon to expand the availability of mental health services throughout Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

  • Youth peer mentoring (sources of strength)
  • Trauma-informed approaches to community building
  • Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS)
  • Zero suicide

Goal: Reduce the Barriers to Health Care Services

Objective: One new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded to increase access to reliable transportation in the counties of Forest, Oneida and Vilas.

Strategy Examples

  • Encourage healthy community design
  • Increase access to affordable, public transportation

Health Across the Lifespan

Goal: Implement strategies of the CHIP focusing on community members of all ages.

Objective: By December 31, 2020 one new or existing strategy will be implemented, strengthened, or expanded from each health priority area focusing on each group; youth, community, and the aging.

Strategy Examples

  • Increase communication with local community stakeholders, partners and members within each target age group to assess needs and access points
  • Monitor CHIP implementation strategies across all community coalitions and encourage communication across all coalitions