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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

La Crosse County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To reduce substance abuse in La Crosse County.

-Reduce substance abuse by increasing awareness of, and assuring access to, comprehensive services in La Crosse County.

  • Continue leadership and participation with the Heroin and Other Illicit Drug Task Force to provide education regarding available services
  • Develop a community navigator system to connect people with resources. (For detailed action plan, see Social Determinants section of the LCHD CHIP).
  • Continue active participation in groups / coalitions focusing on prevention and strengthening protective factors.

Goal: To reduce substance abuse in La Crosse County.

-Reduce substance abuse by increasing awareness of, and assuring access to, comprehensive services in La Crosse County.

  • Continue leadership and participation with the Heroin and Other Illicit Drug Task Force to provide education regarding available services
  • Develop a community navigator system to connect people with resources. (For detailed action plan, see Social Determinants section of the LCHD CHIP).
  • Continue active participation in groups / coalitions focusing on prevention and strengthening protective factors.

Goal: To improve mental health for La Crosse County residents

-Reduce stigma of suicide and mental illness in La Crosse County

  • Identify and meet with leaders of existing coalitions and campaigns (i.e. Mental Health Coalition and Campaign to Change Direction) to determine alignment with CHIP goal.
  • Develop a tool to assess the level of stigma within the community.
  • Implement assessment tool, Compile and analyze results, Identify gap areas.
  • Develop and implement a strategy to reduce stigma.
  • Identify and implement a tool to measure baseline stigma in LCHD employees.
  • Identify and implement training or interventions aimed at increasing stigma awareness within LCHD employees.
  • Measure stigma awareness in LCHD staff following intervention.
  • Follow up on stigma awareness assessment to identify additional needs

Goal: To create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.

-Assure that a system exists that connects people in need to available resources in La Crosse County

  • Actively participate in community conversations regarding current and proposed systems.
  • Assist in development of an enhanced or new system.
  • Participate in grant application(s) to support a pilot project of the enhanced or new system.
  • Offer direct and/or in-kind resources to the pilot project of the enhanced or new system.
  • Offer direct and/or in-kind resources to sustain the system.

Goal: To create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.

-Assure that a system exists that connects people in need to available resources in La Crosse County

  • Actively participate in community conversations regarding current and proposed systems.
  • Assist in development of an enhanced or new system.
  • Participate in grant application(s) to support a pilot project of the enhanced or new system.
  • Offer direct and/or in-kind resources to the pilot project of the enhanced or new system.
  • Offer direct and/or in-kind resources to sustain the system.