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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Pepin County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Reduce abuse of alcohol and other illegal drugs.

Objective 1: Reduce percentage of people who report binge drinking in the past 30 days

Intervention Strategies:

  • Parents Who Host Campaign
  • Social Host Ordinance
  • Outlet Density
  • Saturation Patrols
  • Public Impairment Ordinance
  • Compliance Checks
  • Impaired Server Ordinance
  • CHIA- Alcohol Related Project

Goal: Reduce abuse of alcohol and other illegal drugs.

Objective 2: Reduce percentage of people who believe alcohol and drug abuse in Pepin County 

Intervention Strategies:

  • Drug Trends Education 
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring
  • Drug Take Back Events
  • Needle Exchanges
  • Narcan Policy/ Availablity
  • Safe Prescribing Practices

Goal: Improve mental health through prevention and by ensuring access to appropriate, quality mental health services.


  1. Support the implementation and utilization of the WI Wellness and Recovery Consortium
  2. Raise awareness in the community of mental illness, its prevalence and available resources for treatment. Three separate events (media campaigns, educational events) will occur in Pepin County 
  3. Re-establish the presence of the Youth Behavior Risk Survey in both Pepin County High Schools 

Intervention Strategies:

  • Raise awareness that mental illnesses are common and begin early in life.
  • Educate that the greatest opportunity for prevention is among young people.
  • Support the Consortium and efforts already in place in Pepin County.
  • Providers screen every patient for mental health problems annually.
  • Educate school teachers and personnel on mental health issues to watch for.
  • School-based programs aimed at promoting positive coping, reduce bullying, and suicide prevention.
  • Establish baseline numbers of depression among pregnant women and adolescents.-Work to reduce prevalence-Resume surveying in High Schools so that we can have a data set to work with
  • Work to support family functioning and positive parenting as these reduce mental illness risk associated with poverty-related risk.
  • School-based preventive interventions aimed at improving social and emotional outcomes can also improve academic outcomes.
  • Interventions targeting families dealing with adversities, such as parental depression or divorce.
  • Some preventive interventions have benefits that exceed costs, with the available evidence strongest for early childhood interventions.
  • Implementation is complex and it is important that interventions be relevant to the target audiences.