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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Iron County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Create an environment that supports the reduction of alcohol and other drug use in Iron County.

Objective: At least one new strategy will be implemented or an existing strategy will be expanded annually in Iron County that indicates success at reducing alcohol and other drug use.

New Strategies and Activities:

  • Engage community members in coalition building to assist in implementing strategies to address alcohol and other drug use by utilizing existing committees such as Integrated Family Services (IFS)
  • Educate parents and other caregivers about the negative impacts of alcohol and other drug use on brain development 
  • Offer evidence-based programs for parents and other caregivers such as “Parent’s Who Host, Lose the Most” and “You Use, You Lose” to reduce non-commercial access of alcohol to minors
  • Create built environments in the community that promote alcohol/drug free activities for youth and families such as the Iron County Memorial Building Project
  • Offer evidenced-based alcohol and other drug programs in schools such as “All Stars” which targets middle-school age students, Athena (Athletes targeting healthy exercise and nutrition) targeting female student athletes, and Atlas (Athletics training and learning to avoid steroids) targeting male student athletes)
  • Implement a teen “peer” court program to divert youth with substance abuse treatment needs from entering the juvenile justice system

Goal: Increase physical activity across the lifespan in Iron County

Objective: At least one new strategy will be implemented or an existing strategy will be expanded annually that indicates success in reducing obesity rates in Iron County.

New strategies and activities:

  • Encourage and support cities and townships collaborative efforts in securing grant dollars for “Safe Routes to Schools” 
  • Encourage community partners to participate in the state-wide coalition network “Mobilizing rural communities to assess and improve the ecological environment to prevent childhood obesity” 
  • Educate the community on free physical and recreational activities offered to children and families in the community through media resources such as the Hurley School Notebook
  • Encourage businesses and organizations to collaborate and offer free or low cost recreational events that promote physical activity for the community

Goal: Increase access to adequate, appropriate, and safe food and nutrition across the lifespan

Objective: At least one new strategy will be implemented or an existing strategy will be expanded annually that indicates success with reducing the rates of food insecurity

New strategies and activities:

  • Assist schools with implementing policy changes to the breakfast, lunch, and snack program to meet new federal guidelines
  • Encourage community partners to engage with the state-wide coalition network “Mobilizing rural communities to assess and improve the ecological environment to prevent childhood obesity” 
  • Encourage schools, workplaces, and businesses to provide healthy vending machine options and encourage the sale of nutritious food during fundraisers and other events
  • Collaborate with farmer’s markets to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to food share participants

Goal: Create an environment that supports the reduction of alcohol and other drug use in Iron County.

Objective: At least one new strategy will be implemented or an existing strategy will be expanded annually in Iron County that indicates success at reducing alcohol and other drug use.

New Strategies and Activities:

  • Engage community members in coalition building to assist in implementing strategies to address alcohol and other drug use by utilizing existing committees such as Integrated Family Services (IFS)
  • Educate parents and other caregivers about the negative impacts of alcohol and other drug use on brain development 
  • Create built environments in the community that promote alcohol/drug free activities for youth and families such as the Iron County Memorial Building Project
  • Offer evidenced-based alcohol and other drug programs in schools such as “All Stars” which targets middle-school age students, Athena (Athletes targeting healthy exercise and nutrition) targeting female student athletes, and Atlas (Athletics training and learning to avoid steroids) targeting male student athletes)
  • Implement a teen “peer” court program to divert youth with substance abuse treatment needs from entering the juvenile justice system

Goal: Increase access to high-quality, culturally competent, individualized chronic disease management across the lifespan

Objective: At least one new strategy will be implemented or an existing strategy will be expanded that indicates success in reducing the rates of chronic disease in Iron County.

Existing strategies and activities:

  • Offer evidence-based prevention programs including Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Dining with Diabetes, and Strong Women at least once per year 
  • Educate the community on chronic illness management by distributing information through flyers, newsletters, and booths at grocery stores, clinics, schools, libraries, and other public buildings and events 
  • Educate the community on free or low-cost health care services available locally or in nearby counties to increase access to health care among individuals and families who are uninsured or underinsured 
  • Promote and increase preventive screenings (cholesterol testing, cancer screening, blood pressure, glucose screening, etc) offered in the community 
  • Encourage Integrated Family Services (IFS) Team members to engage in the process of implementing strategies and programming for chronic disease prevention and management 
  • Educate the community on the importance of preventive annual exams (to include pelvic/pap test, mammogram, PSA test, lab work, skin screening, etc.)

Goal: Create an environment that supports emotional health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Objective: At least one new strategy will be implemented or an existing strategy will be expanded annually in Iron County that indicates success at reducing rates mental health conditions.

New strategies and activities:

  • Engage community partners in coalition building to create a mental health collaborative system of care to address mental health needs in our community
  • Offer additional rehabilitation service programs such as Comprehensive Community Services(CCS) and Community Recovery Services(CRS), or Supported Employment or Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs for persons with severe and persistent mental illness 
  • Offer evidenced-based mental health programs for seniors such as Improving Mood-Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT), Programs to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS), or Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors (Healthy IDEAS) 
  • Establish a National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) chapter in Iron County 
  • Offer evidenced-based curriculums such as “positive action” in schools that promotes mental health and prevents substance abuse 
  • Support former consumers on recovery in becoming “peer specialists” 
  • Include consumers to mental health trainings held in Iron County 
  • Implement after school peer counseling programs such as “friends helping friends” 
  • Collaborate and partner with faith based communities to increase mental health services