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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Brown County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Change community culture regarding alcohol and drug use and abuse among youth and adults.

Objective 1: Access to Services
Improve access to and support for alcohol and other drugs of abuse (AODA) treatment.
Activities:

  • Identify existing gaps to access to AODA services. 
  • Collaborate with the Mental Health Taskforce to establish a portal for patients and providers to access AODA services.
  • Expand recovery coaching services. 

Measures: 

  • Days (#) to support/access for care (Alcohol & Drug Taskforce data) 

Objective 2: Policy Change
Implement policies and procedures to reduce alcohol and drug related fatalities.
Activities: 

  • Advocate for and support policies that lower deaths from driving under the influence. 
  • Advocate for and support policies that increase access to care for substance misuse. 
  • Advocate for policies that have an impact on lowering alcohol and drug misuse. 

Measures:

  • Percent (%) driving deaths with alcohol involvement (County Health Rankings) 
  • Days (#) to support/access to care (Alcohol & Drug Taskforce data)

Objective 3: Community Advocacy
Partner with businesses and organizations to increase awareness of the impact of alcohol and drug abuse.
Activities: 

  • Host community events to educate on and promote substance abuse prevention. 
  • Promote safe serving principles at events. 

Measures:

  • Binge Drinking Rate (Alcohol & Drug Taskforce data)

Goal: Reduce obesity in Brown County by promoting healthy foods and beverages and encouraging physical activity via community design and infrastructure.

Objective 1: Food as Medicine
Improve nutrition through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, and decreased intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and other less nutritious foods.
Activities:

  • Monitor healthy food donations at Scouting for Foods drive. 
  • Engage and empower healthful foods in schools. 
  • Monitor and encourage food pantry infrastructure that promotes healthy food choices. 

Measures:

  • Percent (%) of residents who consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables (WI-BRFSS and YRBS) 
  • Brown County UW-Extension food pantry data

Objective 2: Movement as Medicine
Increase healthy lifestyles through safe and affordable modes of physical activity, utilizing active community design and infrastructure.
Activities:

  • Promote active lifestyles through community engineering, education, and enforcement in partnership with the Greater Green Bay Active Community Alliance.
  • Monitor utilization trends of active design and infrastructure. 

Measures:

  • Percent (%) of residents who are physically inactive (County Health Rankings)

Objective 3: Culture Change
Create a community driven by multi-sector partnerships that support well-being in order to improve the health of Brown County.
Activities:

  • Test a community education platform around the connection between nutrition, movement and health status.
  • Engage and empower relationships between agencies in the food-related and wellbeing sectors.

Measures: 

  • Community Well-Being as measured by the GROW Project
  • Percent (%) of residents who are at a healthy weight (County Health Rankings)

Goal: Change community culture regarding alcohol and drug use and abuse among youth and adults.

Objective 1: Access to Services
Improve access to and support for alcohol and other drugs of abuse (AODA) treatment.
Activities:

  • Identify existing gaps to access to AODA services. 
  • Collaborate with the Mental Health Taskforce to establish a portal for patients and providers to access AODA services.
  • Expand recovery coaching services. 

Measures: 

  • Days (#) to support/access for care (Alcohol & Drug Taskforce data) 
  • Deaths related to opioid and drug misuse (Alcohol & Drug Taskforce data)

Objective 2: Policy Change
Implement policies and procedures to reduce alcohol and drug related fatalities.
Activities: 

  • Advocate for and support policies that lower deaths from driving under the influence. 
  • Advocate for and support policies that increase access to care for substance misuse. 
  • Advocate for policies that have an impact on lowering alcohol and drug misuse. 

Measures:

  • Days (#) to support/access to care (Alcohol & Drug Taskforce data)

Objective 3: Community Advocacy
Partner with businesses and organizations to increase awareness of the impact of alcohol and drug abuse.
Activities: 

  • Host community events to educate on and promote substance abuse prevention. 
  • Establish means to safely dispose of prescription drugs in Brown County. 

Measures:

  • Pounds (lbs) of prescription drugs disposed at drop box locations and events

Goal: Improve access to mental health services, information, support and education for all.

Objective 1: Mental Health Screening
Inventory current mental health screening tools and develop appropriate best practice, evidence-based screening processes for each community setting.
Activities:

  • Inventory current behavioral health and suicide screening tools used across settings. 
  • Identify best practice behavioral health and suicide screening tools. 
  • Develop recommendations of tools for various community settings. 

Measures:

  • Comprehensive list of tools utilized across Brown County 
  • Best practice tools identified and recommended for future implementation

Objective 2: No Wrong Door
Create a community-wide “No Wrong Door” access platform for mental health treatment and connection between mental health providers.
Activities:

  • Implement Network of Care in collaboration with N.E.W. Connections. 
  • Strengthen primary care as entry point to mental health treatment. 
  • Implement “No Wrong Door” referral process between community agencies. 

Measures:

  • Percent (%) of residents who are referred appropriately for mental health services from primary care

Objective 3: Peer Support
Increase the immediate availability of resources for consumers and expand the continuum of mental health resources through a peer support network.
Activities: 

  • Inventory current mental health peer support resources. 
  • Identify programs available to those interested in providing peer support. 
  • Develop and implement a peer support network. 

Example Measures: 

  • # of peer support specialists in Brown County (Mental Health Taskforce data)