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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Sawyer County Department of Health and Human Services

Implementation Approaches

Increase awareness and impact of alcohol abuse and other drugs

Strategies:

  • Annual alcohol and other drug educational event for community and schools
  • Annual town education regarding safe alcohol environments
  • Annual Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) data collection from Sawyer County Schools
  • Annual Sawyer County “Life Survey” for adults
  • Coalition will continue to work to implement culturally sensitive “best practices”
  • Alcohol and drug abuse reduction strategies

Increase awareness and impact of alcohol abuse and other drugs

Strategies:

  • Annual alcohol and other drug educational event for community and schools
  • Annual town education regarding safe alcohol environments
  • Annual Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) data collection from Sawyer County Schools
  • Annual Sawyer County “Life Survey” for adults
  • Coalition will continue to work to implement culturally sensitive “best practices”
  • Alcohol and drug abuse reduction strategies

Decrease tobacco use among adults, pregnant women, and adolescents

Strategies: 

  • Annual tobacco use educational program for schools and community
  • Develop a system to ensure Sawyer County residents have access to smoking cessation programs (“First Breath” and Essentia Health)
  • Annual Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) data from Sawyer County schools
  • Annual “Life Survey” of Sawyer County residents
  • Provide “Quit Smoking” resource guide to Sawyer County residents who desire to stop tobacco use

Improve awareness of mental health and increase access to mental health services

Strategies: 

  • Annual Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) in Sawyer County schools
  • Annual “Life Survey” of Sawyer County residents
  • Wellness days made available with Sawyer County business partners
  • Increase access to services for relationship needs
  • Organize Faith Based community groups for assistance of individuals and families with mental illness
  • Gather data from local dispatch and mental health providers