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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Polk County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goal: To decrease substance abuse in Polk County

Objectives (by December 31, 2020):

Objective 2: Delay youth initiation of alcohol use
Objective 4: Increase community awareness of the health risks associated with the use and abuse of substances in Polk County
Objective 5: Advocate with legislators to improve access to care for substance abuse by funding prevention and treatment programming

Goal: To reduce the number of Polk County residents who are overweight and obese.

Objectives (by December 31, 2020):

Objective 1: Increase the percentage of youth and adults reporting physical activity by promoting the use of Polk County Parks and Trails
Objective 2: Implement a public information campaign designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption
Objective 3: Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by promoting use of local Farmer’s Markets for WIC participants
Objective 4: Implement and align with Polk County hospitals strategies from the State WIC Coffective Program about teaching best practice in breastfeeding

Goal: To decrease substance abuse in Polk County

Objectives (by December 31, 2020):

Objective 1: Reduce Access to unused prescription drugs in the community 
Objective 3: Increase community awareness of the dangers of Marijuana Use 
Objective 4: Increase community awareness of the health risks associated with the use and abuse of substances in Polk County 
Objective 5: Advocate with legislators to improve access to care for substance abuse by funding prevention and treatment programming

Goal: To improve the mental health of residents in Polk County

Objectives (by December 31, 2020): 

Objective 1: To annually update and widely distribute the Mental Health Services Directory
Objective 2: To conduct an assessment of existing mental health programming and develop best practice recommendations for Polk County schools
Objective 3: To conduct the Y Screen program annually in 4 Polk County schools
Objective 4: To conduct Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) trainings countywide to promote awareness of suicide as a preventable public health problem
Objective 5: To continue and enhance the Stop Abusive Messaging (SAM) project in Polk County schools
Objective 6: To conduct trainings in the community about the “Make it Ok Campaign” (mental health illness stigma reduction) and Zero Suicide. Zero Suicide is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention