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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

North Shore Health Department

Implementation Approaches

  • Provide information and educate residents regarding the health benefits of physical activity
  • Continue to discuss importance and benefits of physical activity during individual health screenings such as blood pressure or adult health risk screenings.
  • Participate in and assist with coordination of community-sponsored walks, runs and bike rides.
  • Promote safe physical activity by coordinating helmet fitting checks.
  • Provide resources regarding available programs to increase physical activity.
  • Partner with businesses who offer worksite wellness or fitness programs.
  • Apply for grants that have objectives to increase physical activity.
  • Provide walking maps and information on local bike paths.
  • Promote area farmers’ markets and other ways to access fresh, local produce.
  • Provide education and information on proper nutrition.
  • Provide education and information on the benefits of safe physical activity
  • Continue membership in the Suburban Milwaukee Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition.
  • Offer resources to those who want to quit smoking.
  • Collaborate with partners to develop and distribute educational materials to improve health literacy related to chronic disease prevention and management.
  • Provide education and outreach programs for groups and individuals regarding chronic disease prevention and management.
  • Assist residents to access quality health care and establish a medical home.
  • Continue membership in the Suburban Milwaukee Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition.
  • Offer resources to those who want to quit smoking.
  • Continue adult health risk screenings to test individuals for elevated glucose, cholesterol or triglyceride (fat) levels; screen individuals regarding their personal cardiovascular risk and counsel them on recommended changes and improvements.
  • Continue blood pressure screening clinics to assist individuals with identification and monitoring of hypertension.
  • Participate in health fairs and health education sessions.
  • Collaborate with partners to develop and distribute educational materials to improve health literacy related to chronic disease prevention and management.
  • Promote area farmers’ markets and other ways to access fresh, local produce.
  • Provide education and information on proper nutrition.
  • Provide education and information on the benefits of safe physical activity
  • Be active members of area mental health coalitions.
  • Provide informational material to the public on what mental health is and how to stay healthy.
  • Provide a list of resources for the community on mental health providers, suicide hotline and support groups.
  • Continue to apply for mental health awareness and suicide prevention grants.
  • Raise awareness at community events by sharing data and facts about the impact of mental health.
  • Assist residents to locate advocates and access health care that includes mental health coverage.
  • Collaborate with mental health providers to provide education and resources to the community
  • Support full integration of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention and treatment with other disease-prevention programs.
  • Highlight both the need to educate the public about how to support persons with mental illness and the need to reduce barriers for those seeking or receiving treatment for mental illness.

Communicable Disease: Prevention and Control

  • Encourage residents to review their individual immunization records, both for children and adults.
  • Encourage our residents to stay up-to-date on all vaccinations.
  • Continue to promote and provide required and recommended immunizations to North Shore residents who qualify for services.
  • Provide immunization information at community events and health fairs.
  • Continue to monitor communicable diseases and complete prompt and thorough investigations.
  • Collaborate with partners to identify and manage outbreaks when they occur.
  • Monitor for patterns of illnesses in schools and daycares.
  • Provide the necessary information to schools and daycares to help in the prevention and spread of communicable diseases.
  • Continue communications and collaborate with North Shore Environmental Health Consortium to ensure optimal safety and prevention of food/waterborne outbreaks
  • Educate the public on good personal hygiene practices, such as hand washing.
  • Share educational opportunities with partners and medical providers.
  • Provide refugee health referrals and assist with immunizations.
  • Provide screening services for tuberculosis (TB) disease and infection, and case management.