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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Outagamie County Public Health Division

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Improve physical activity and support active living in Outagamie County

Objective 1: Increase percentage of population reporting that they are physically active.

  • Encourage community design and development that supports physical activity and facilitates access to safe, accessible, and affordable places for physical activity

Objective 2: Decrease percent of adults age 20 and older with body mass index (BMI) greater than 30.

  • Encourage community design and development that supports physical activity and facilitates access to safe, accessible, and affordable places for physical activity.
  • Support Weight of the Fox Valley goals and strategies.

Objective 3: Increase number of worksites with active and comprehensive wellness programs in Outagamie County.

  • Promote and strengthen worksite policies and programs that increase physical activity, including wellness policies and plans.

Objective 4: Ensure that opportunities to be physically active are accessible to all county residents, with an emphasis on older adults, people with disabilities, and youth.

  • Encourage community design and development that supports physical activity and facilitates access to safe, accessible, and affordable places for physical activity.
  • Promote and strengthen early learning, school, and worksite policies and programs that increase physical activity, including joint use agreements and wellness policies and plans.

Goal: Improve nutrition and food culture among all people in Outagamie County

Objective 1: Increase skills and knowledge regarding food systems, including food procurement, cultivation, preservation, programming and support.

  • Support the development of a community food system and ensure residents are able to access affordable, safe, and fresh food.

Objective 2: Increase number of worksites with active and comprehensive wellness programs in Outagamie County.

  • Promote and strengthen early learning, school, worksite, and community policies and programs that increase access to healthy and affordable foods (including fruits and vegetables) and decrease access to sugar-sweetened beverages and other less nutritious foods.

Objective 3: Increase percent of infants who are exclusively breastfed through the first three months of life.

  • Support policies and programs that promote breastfeeding and increase community knowledge on the importance of breastfeeding.

Goal: Access to quality mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and support services for all persons

Objective 1: Maintain or increase number of mentally healthy days.

  • Complete Fox Cities Mental Health Needs Assessment to identify needs in the community regarding mental health, substance abuse, and community mental health attitudes
  • Develop a system that identifies and addresses mental health needs in a competent and timely manner
  • Develop and implement comprehensive crisis intervention and community trauma response program in Outagamie County
  • Assure accurate and consistent mental health data collection in community health surveys
  • Develop and implement community mental health communications plan
  • Support strategies to increase mental health literacy

Objective 2: By 2019, at least 50% of medical providers will be screening for mental health using accepted tools.

  • Determine baseline data for number of providers screening for mental health and tools used, other sources of screening for general population
  • Determine baseline data for proportion of people that access appropriate services after screening
  • Promote early identification of mental health needs of individuals and access to quality services: BeWell2Excel, emergency department, primary care, community, online
  • Actively engage youth regarding child and adolescent mental health

Objective 3: Increase the number of mental health providers and the capacity of the workforce that utilizes evidence-based practices.

  • Identify, recruit and support a high quality workforce
  • Improve service quality through provision of training and support to the workforce (including organization of and opportunities for continuing education)
  • Improve service quality through well-informed, culturally and linguistically competent and engaged workforce
  • Create community-wide standard of care

Goal: Mental Health literacy

Objective 1: Increase the use of evidence-based practices at the community, provider and policy levels by increasing the number of people who are trained in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Mental Health First Aid, and Mental Health 101.

  • Convene community partners and establish baseline for number of people trained in QPR, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health 101

Objective 2: Increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of trauma on the lifespan.

  • Promote and educate community on ACEs and impact on health and the lifespan
  • Provide provider and community-wide training and awareness on trauma informed care and use of ACEs screening tool among primary care providers
  • Establish community model to train, maintain and expand TF-CBT certification program
  • Establish baseline data providers screening for ACEs (including what tools they are using)

Objective 3: Promote positive early childhood development by increasing the number of children who are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

  • Support efforts of and partners involved with the Fox Valley Early Childhood Coalition
  • Support efforts of the Outagamie County Child Death Review Team, which will lead a comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of child deaths and all domestic abuse related deaths in order to better understand how and why these deaths occur and use findings to take action to prevent other deaths and improve the health and safety of our community

Goal: Access to quality mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery, and support services for all persons

Objective 1: Maintain or increase number of mentally healthy days.

  • Complete Fox Cities Mental Health Needs Assessment to identify needs in the community regarding mental health, substance abuse, and community mental health attitudes
  • Develop a system that identifies and addresses mental health needs in a competent and timely manner
  • Develop and implement comprehensive crisis intervention and community trauma response program in Outagamie County
  • Assure accurate and consistent mental health data collection in community health surveys
  • Develop and implement community mental health communications plan
  • Support strategies to increase mental health literacy

Objective 2: By 2019, at least 50% of medical providers will be screening for mental health using accepted tools.

  • Determine baseline data for number of providers screening for mental health and tools used, other sources of screening for general population
  • Determine baseline data for proportion of people that access appropriate services after screening
  • Promote early identification of mental health needs of individuals and access to quality services: BeWell2Excel, emergency department, primary care, community, online
  • Actively engage youth regarding child and adolescent mental health

Objective 3: Increase the number of mental health providers and the capacity of the workforce that utilizes evidence-based practices.

  • Identify, recruit and support a high quality workforce
  • Improve service quality through provision of training and support to the workforce (including organization of and opportunities for continuing education)
  • Improve service quality through well-informed, culturally and linguistically competent and engaged workforce
  • Create community-wide standard of care

Goal: A resilient community

Objective 1: Increase the percent of population reporting social or emotional support.

  • Facilitate social connectedness and community engagement across the lifespan
  • Support and facilitate programs designed to increase feelings of school connectedness for youth and educators

Objective 2: Increase number of worksites with active and comprehensive wellness programs in Outagamie County.

  • Engagement and development of worksite wellness programs that are comprehensive
  • Promote and increase awareness of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Increase the understanding of the relationship between physical, mental, social and spiritual health.

Objective 3: Increase disaster, crisis, and emergency behavioral health resources.

  • Develop baseline data for number of people trained in FAST, CISM, Mental Health First Aid
  • Train people to be part of a Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST), in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), in Psychological First Aid
  • Utilize comprehensive and inclusive teams when developing and maintaining crisis and emergency plans for schools, organizations, and communities, including a special emphasis on mental health, public health, and emergency management.