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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Grant County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Reduce unhealthy behaviors, such as substance abuse, among Grant County residents

Objectives: 

-Create a strategic plan for the continuation of substance abuse prevention activities after the completion of the Drug Free County (DFC) Grant

  • Work with partners to ensure that substance abuse prevention activities, key programs (YLC, Plunge), and efforts to address emerging threats are continued.

-Identify and secure resources for the continuation of substance abuse prevention activities after the completion of the Drug Free County (DFC) Grant

  • Look for ongoing funding, grants, and/or in-kind contributions.

-Conduct community outreach to educate the public regarding substance abuse issues and help secure necessary resources to prevent or address identified issues.

  • Secure continued support via coalition members and supporters.
  • Continue with newsletters, public events, school based activities, and coalition meetings.

Goal: Reduce unhealthy behaviors, such as substance abuse, among Grant County residents

Objectives: 

-Create a strategic plan for the continuation of substance abuse prevention activities after the completion of the Drug Free County (DFC) Grant

  • Work with partners to ensure that substance abuse prevention activities, key programs (YLC, Plunge), and efforts to address emerging threats are continued.

-Identify and secure resources for the continuation of substance abuse prevention activities after the completion of the Drug Free County (DFC) Grant

  • Look for ongoing funding, grants, and/or in-kind contributions.

-Conduct community outreach to educate the public regarding substance abuse issues and help secure necessary resources to prevent or address identified issues.

  • Secure continued support via coalition members and supporters.
  • Continue with newsletters, public events, school based activities, and coalition meetings.

Goal: Improve access to health care for Grant County residents who do not have health insurance or cannot afford it

Objectives:

-Increase health insurance coverage for Grant County residents

  • Assist with promoting health insurance options, enrollment information, and where one can get assistance in enrolling in public or private plans

-Assess provider shortages in the area of primary, mental, and dental health and work toward increasing capacity

  • Review Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) information.
  • Work with hospitals, dentists, Southwest Community Action Program (SWCAP), area Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Free Clinics, and the Wisconsin Rural Health Cooperative and Wisconsin Dental Health Association (WDHA) to attract and provide access.
  • Seek grants for funding capacity building activities.

-Assist with increasing access to providers that can serve uninsured or those with public assistance. Providing at least one more access point or provider for primary care, dental health, and mental health services

  • Work with hospitals, dentists, Southwest Community Action Program (SWCAP), area Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Free Clinics to improve access to free, sliding fee scale service or acceptance of public assistance.
  • Work toward helping uninsured get coverage.

Goal: Optimize the health care sector of Grant County by increasing awareness, increasing collaboration

Objectives: 

-Form new collaborations with providers.

  • Assign nursing staff to act as liaisons with Hospitals.
  • Contact clinics and providers to help promote each other’s services and programs

-Strengthen collaboration with existing partners by conducting at least one new joint activity each year.

  • Work more closely with entities such as Southwest Community Action Program (SWCAP), Schools, Aging Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Unified Community Services

-Work with areas businesses to promote and/or conduct health screenings or work place wellness activities or programs conducting at least three events per year.

  • Reach out to local employers to offer screenings
  • Provide information on workplace wellness programming
  • Assist with implementing workplace wellness programming

Goal: Increase capacities for the provision of services and supports as demographics shift

Objectives: 

-Monitor data annually to assess trends related to demographic shifts.

  • Review available data from the US Census, Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on health (WISH) as well as other sources.

-Provide more information to individuals and families impacted by illnesses that increase due to demographic shifts by including at least one outreach activity each quarter.

  • Provide relevant information in newsletters, health fairs, websites, pamphlets, fact sheets.

-Collaborate with area partners.

  • Work with partners such as ADRC, Parkinson’s groups, Alzheimer’s groups and SWCAP to identify areas of need and work to enhance or promote services.

Goal: Improve and ensure environmental and public health capacity to prevent and to better respond to human health hazards, communicable disease outbreaks (including food and water borne illnesses), as well as natural and man-made disasters.

Objectives: 

-Improve capacity to respond to foodborne illnesses as well as natural and man-made disasters.

  • Explore options to increase access to properly trained staff to respond to foodborne illnesses as well as natural and man-made disasters. This could include adding staff, training existing staff, attempting to procure volunteers, or generating agreements with others.

Goal: Consider health impacts in the development of all policies and in community planning efforts

Objectives: 

-Increase Public Health involvement in the creation of new policies, regulations, projects and zoning.

  • Reach out to become more involved in the creation or review of new policies, regulations, projects and zoning.
  • Work toward creating new procedures that include a timely public health review of new policies, regulations, projects and zoning to allow for considerations of potential health impacts to offer suggestions, input, and/or changes.

Goal: Improve and ensure environmental and public health capacity to prevent and to better respond to human health hazards, communicable disease outbreaks (including food and water borne illnesses), as well as natural and man-made disasters.

Objectives: 

-Solidify funding so that mandated and critical environmental health services can remain intact

  • Explore funding options including local levy, fees for service, grants, and adding programming to support the infrastructure necessary to continue mandated and critical services.

-Investigate and address (if necessary) all complaints of human health hazards and public health nuisances.

  • Maintain the expertise to investigate and address human health hazards and public health nuisances, childhood lead poisoning prevention and asbestos inspection services.

Goal: Consider health impacts in the development of all policies and in community planning efforts

Objective:

-Pass a resolution supporting health in all policies

  • Educate on the importance of considering health impacts in policy creation. Draft and forward a resolution regarding health in all policies to be considered for passage by the Grant County Board of Health and the Grant County Board of Supervisors.