Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Lincoln County Health Department

607 North Sales Street
Merrill, WI 54452-1637
Lincoln County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan
Time Frame: 2013-2017

Implementation Approaches

Goal 1: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will have access to healthy foods.

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:

  • Determine a baseline of current policies and environmental standards in place with regards to access of quality foods in schools, health care, community organizations, community at large and worksites.
  • Community stakeholders will understand the best practices for policies and environmental standards regarding access to quality foods.
  • Agencies will offer healthy vending machine options.
  • Daycares and schools will adopt a healthy snack policy.
  • Community stakeholders will develop, implement, and promote community gardens.
  • Lincoln County residents will increase their understanding on what are nutritious foods and how to process fresh foods through cooking and/or preserving.
  • Coalition members will complete training on grant writing to promote opportunities to acquire available grants targeting improved nutrition.
  • Point of Purchase campaign will be developed and implemented to increase knowledge and skills on purchasing healthier food options (restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores).

Goal 2: By 2017, more youth in Lincoln County will have a healthy weight.

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:

  • Promote formation of a multidisciplinary school health council in Merrill and Tomahawk school districts, to examine and promote best practices for schools, including promoting healthy weights.
  • Screen annually for overweight/obesity in the schools.
  • Develop a protocol for school response to unhealthy BMIs, collaborating with area medical providers and school nurses.
  • Develop educational tools and resources for families regarding healthy weights and appropriate nutrition and physical activity.
  • Implementation of evidence-based programs to promote healthier lifestyles in families.

Goal 1: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will increase their access to Mental Health Services

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies: 

  • Assess at least 15 community agencies, organizations, worksites, providers, faith-based organizations, schools and or worksites on what mental health and addiction resources, education and referral that is provided to the public (including curriculum, and trainings such as Question, Persuade and Refer).
  • Identifying what are the barriers on education and support of mental health disorders and addictions (focus groups).
  • Promote additional resources on mental health and addiction on 2-1-1.
  • Develop and promote community tools to increase resources that are available to community partners and the public.
  • Develop a template referral protocol for partners.
  • Develop an evaluation tool to measure effectiveness.

Goal 2: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will have access to oral health

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies: 

  • Agencies, clinics, hospitals and schools will be surveyed to determine a baseline on what referral protocols are in place including resources available.
  • There will be an increase in knowledge among community stakeholders on the oral health needs of Lincoln County and why it is a priority.
  • The Tooth Fairy Fund (local program to assist residents with oral health medical assistance) will expand to Tomahawk.
  • There will be an increase in participation in the Tooth Fairy Fund.
  • The Seal-a-Smile program (sealants for 2nd and 6th grade) will be expanded to parochial schools.
  • There will be additional fluoride varnishing sites.
  • There will be a dental sealant program in place for pregnant women enrolled in WIC/PNCC.

Goal 1: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will increase their awareness and education of mental health disorders.

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:

  • Form a Mental Health Council
  • Host a Mental Health Summit for community partners and the public (elderly, moms, families, men, ethnic minorities)
  • Promote awareness and education of mental health with current events
  • Provide research based community education on mental health issues to increase knowledge among community partners and the public on how social connectedness and community engagement across a lifespan increases one’s mental health. Include youth and those with a mental health disorder and or addiction
  • Develop an evaluation tool to measure increase in the public’s awareness, education and support of mental health disorders and addictions

Goal 2: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will increase their access to Mental Health Services

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies: 

  • Assess at least 15 community agencies, organizations, worksites, providers, faith-based organizations, schools and or worksites on what mental health and addiction resources, education and referral that is provided to the public (including curriculum, and trainings such as Question, Persuade and Refer).
  • Identifying what are the barriers on education and support of mental health disorders and addictions (focus groups).
  • Promote additional resources on mental health and addiction on 2-1-1.
  • Develop and promote community tools to increase resources that are available to community partners and the public.
  • Develop a template referral protocol for partners.
  • Develop an evaluation tool to measure effectiveness.

Oral Health

Goal 1: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will practice good oral health.

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies:

  • Develop a baseline on what oral health education is available to the community by surveying agencies, clinics, hospitals, and schools.
  • Develop education tools ready for implementation for community agencies, clinics, hospitals and schools.
  • Increase in education for caregivers on what is a dental home and why it is important.
  • Implementation of an oral hygiene social norms campaign for agencies serving children 0 – 5 years of age.

Goal 2: By 2017, people in Lincoln County will have access to oral health

Suggested Outcomes and Strategies: 

  • Agencies, clinics, hospitals and schools will be surveyed to determine a baseline on what referral protocols are in place including resources available.
  • There will be an increase in knowledge among community stakeholders on the oral health needs of Lincoln County and why it is a priority.
  • The Tooth Fairy Fund (local program to assist residents with oral health medical assistance) will expand to Tomahawk.
  • There will be an increase in participation in the Tooth Fairy Fund.
  • The Seal-a-Smile program (sealants for 2nd and 6th grade) will be expanded to parochial schools.
  • There will be additional fluoride varnishing sites.
  • There will be a dental sealant program in place for pregnant women enrolled in WIC/PNCC.