Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Polk County Health Department

100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 180
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
Polk County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan
Time Frame: 2014-2016

Implementation Approaches


  • Decrease the number of alcohol impaired drivers

  • Delay youth initiation of alcohol use

  • Reduce binge drinking


  • Increase community awareness around DWI

  • Promote initiatives to reduce underage alcohol use

  • Reduce access to alcohol by minors at a minimum of 2 community celebrations/events

  • Increase access to counseling services to adolescents with underage drinking violations and to adolescents whose parents are concerned about underage drinking behaviors

  • Expand Alateen presence in Polk County to at least one additional site

  • Increase community awareness around binge drinking

  • Increase screening for alcohol use in primary health care settings


  • To improve the nutritional quality of meals and snacks in the schools and community

  • To create opportunities for active living

  • To strengthen worksite wellness policies

  • To strengthen best practice in healthcare settings around overweight and obesity prevention

  • To increase breastfeeding rates


  • At least 50% of Polk County Schools Districts are implementing best practice school wellness programs
  • Two initiatives targeting increased fruit and vegetable consumption will be implemented
  • A promotional campaign to promote county wide recreational resources and clubs will be conducted
  • Support implementation of best practice programs to increase physical activity at school and in the community
  • Identify, support and pursue policies that will help worksites strengthen their wellness programs
  • Work with primary healthcare settings to increase the proportion of providers screening and intervening to address overweight and obesity
  • Assist worksites to be breastfeeding friendly, with at least 1 worksite establishing a breastfeeding policy
  • Assist Daycares to be breastfeeding friendly with at least 3 daycares earning the title of Breastfeeding Friendly by completing the 10 steps established by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Provide Baby Behaviors education to WIC mothers
  • Increase local breastfeeding support with establishment of Polk County Breastfeeding Coalition website and Facebook page


  • To improve the mental health status of Polk County citizens
  • To reduce the suicide rate in Polk County
  • To reduce youth harassment and bullying


  • Polk County residents will have knowledge of and easy access to an annually updated countywide Mental Health Services Directory
  • An assessment, referral and follow up protocol will be developed for Polk County schools for students that are high risk for suicide
  • A public information campaign will be conducted to promote awareness of suicide as a preventable public health problem
  • The proportion of healthcare providers who screen patients for depression will increase
  • There will be increased awareness in schools and the community about the importance of protective behaviors to combat bullying