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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Barron County Health and Human Services Department

Implementation Approaches

Goals:

-By December 2018, decrease the number of Barron County adults reporting smoking and binge drinking based on the County Health Ranking Data.

-By December 2018, decrease the number of high school students reporting smoking, marijuana, and alcohol use as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Strategies to reduce youth alcohol and tobacco use in Barron County:

  • Conduct youth alcohol compliance checks at Barron County alcohol retailers to prevent youth access to alcohol.
  • Promote the “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” campaign to increase parental awareness of the dangers and legal ramifications of providing a space for youth to consume alcohol.
  • Host an annual youth outreach event to educate Barron County High School Students about an ATODA subject.
  • Conduct general community outreach through health fairs, press releases, social media posts, etc.
  • Barron County schools incorporate ATODA topics in their Health Education Classes.
  • Offer Safe Serve Classes to ensure that Barron County Alcohol retailers are aware of the laws regarding alcohol sales.

 

  • Support programs that make our environments promote physical activity and healthy eating.

Goals:

-By December 2018, reduce the rate of people using methamphetamine in Barron County.

-By December 2018, decrease the number of high school students reporting smoking, marijuana, and alcohol use as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Strategies to decrease methamphetamine use in Barron County: 

  • Work collaboratively with Northwoods Coalition Methamphetamine Workgroup on regional prevention strategies.
  • Educate lawmakers on the impact of methamphetamine in Barron County.
  • Increase community awareness of methamphetamine by hosting Methamphetamine Town Hall events throughout Barron County.
  • Increase community awareness of methamphetamine by hosting the “hiding in plain sight” interactive display at Barron County schools, businesses, community events.
  • Promote preventative messages through “kNOw Meth Barron County” initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with law enforcement and community partners to identify treatment and recovery options.
  • Collaborate with other counties to create and publish a report of localized solutions and recommendations collected from the 2016 Regional Stakeholder’s Meeting which discussed local challenges and solutions to the meth problem.
  • Share the “Hiding in Plain Sight” interactive mock room display throughout Barron County.
  • Host an annual youth outreach event to educate Barron County High School Students about an ATODA subject.
  • Conduct general community outreach through health fairs, press releases, social media posts, etc.
  • Barron County schools incorporate ATODA topics in their Health Education Classes.

Goals:

-By December 2018, decrease the number of Barron County adults reporting smoking and binge drinking based on the County Health Ranking Data.

-By December 2018, decrease the number of high school students reporting smoking, marijuana, and alcohol use as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Strategies to reduce adult tobacco use in Barron County:

  • Promote “Kick Butts” Day throughout Barron County to encourage tobacco cessation.
  • Encourage local lawmakers to establish smoke free outdoor spaces throughout Barron County.
  • Promote the WI Tobacco Quit Line and resources at health fairs, patient waiting rooms, and when speaking to clients.
  • Conduct general community outreach through health fairs, press releases, social media posts, etc.

Strategies to reduce youth alcohol and tobacco use in Barron County:

  • Participate and promote National “Kick Butts Day” throughout Barron County schools and Boys and Girls Clubs.
  • Conduct WI Wins Tobacco Age Compliance checks to prevent youth access to tobacco.
  • Provide Barron County Tobacco Retailers with information, resources, and educational tools to increase their knowledge and prevent the sale of tobacco to minors.
  • Host an annual youth outreach event to educate Barron County High School Students about an ATODA subject.
  • Conduct general community outreach through health fairs, press releases, social media posts, etc.
  • Barron County schools incorporate ATODA topics in their Health Education Classes.

Goals:

-By December 2018, maintain or decrease the number of Barron County Residents who have pre-diabetes and type II diabetes.

-By December 2018, maintain or decrease the number of Barron County Residents who report hypertension.

Strategies to maintain or decrease the number of Barron County residents who have pre-diabetes and type II diabetes Barron County:

  • Promote and support the evidence based Diabetes Prevention Programs that are offered throughout Barron County.
  • Continue to develop a patient referral system at each medical system for the Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Conduct general community outreach through health fairs, press releases, social media posts, etc.
  • Share the “Diabetes Risk Test” on social media, in press releases, and in our patient waiting rooms.
  • Provide information and resources in our patient waiting rooms about diabetes prevention.
  • Support programs that make our environments promote physical activity and healthy eating.

Strategies to reduce hypertension in Barron County: 

  • Conduct general community outreach through health fairs, press releases, social media posts, etc.
  • Promote the “Know Your Numbers Events” through social media, press releases, and in patient waiting rooms.
  • Promote National Heart Month throughout Barron County.
  • Share information about Barron County locations where residents can get free blood pressure readings.
  • Support local healthcare systems as needed.

Goals:

-By March 2019 Barron County adults will report fewer poor mental health days.

-By December 2018 Barron County youth mental health indicators will improve.

Mental Health Strategies: 

  • Continue to promote mental health issues during May is Mental Health Month, Mental Health Promotion Week in November.
  • Continue to conduct activities that reduce the stigma around mental health.
  • Promote community efforts that promote resiliency and reduce Adverse Childhood Events.
  • Promote trauma informed communities.
  • Continue to develop mental health capacity to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy to youth identified with trauma.
  • Increase Mental Health First Aid trainings in Barron County.