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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services

Implementation Approaches

Goal: Achieve Sheboygan Well County Designation from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) by December 31st 2020. Well County designation requires a minimum of 20 organizations that collectively employ at least 20% of the community's workforce, to achieve Well Workplace status.

Actions:

  • Create and send a letter targeting individual companies to participate in the SWC initiatives
  • Utilize HSC2020 website to share resources, progress and updates.
  • Identify Business & Community Contacts
  • Actively Engage Contacts in Group & Individual Meeting Settings
  • Seek out grants and/or sponsorship donations
  • Provide support and resources for interested companies.
  • Provide Training Opportunities & Resources for local businesses.
  • Track timeline and participant recruitment

Goal: Youth will be empowered with skills and habits that support an ongoing, active lifestyle by participating in physical activity program(s) that result in an increase of youth who report being physical activity for 60 minutes 5 days each week.

Actions:

  • Identify subcommittee members to assist in the planning and implementation of a program.
  • Explore evidence based physical activity programs.
  • Prioritize which program should be implemented in Sheboygan County
  • Identify the target population and geographic areas (city/rural) to pilot physical activity and nutrition programs.
  • Identify partners to participate in the program (schools, community based organizations.
  • Identify sponsors/donors to support/donate incentives (eg. t-shirts, shoes)
  • Develop learning material/ curricula to be shared during programs.
  • Identify and document barriers throughout the program and develop strategies to overcome them
  • Explore what legal liabilities may be associated with physical activity programs, ie. waivers.
  • Establish a baseline of physical activity behaviors of pilot program participants through use of a preprogram survey
  • Develop and deploy marketing plan
  • Identify resources to needed to implement the program
  • Retain youth as they “age out” of the program by engaging them as program mentors
  • Identify adult mentors/role models available to support youth in health decision making
  • Work with partnering agencies to develop consistent messaging about physical activity and nutrition
  • Work with kids within the juvenile justice system (social workers; yoga; self-care; relaxation)
  • Build on evaluation of pilot programs
  • Expand partnerships in the community

Goal: Increase percentage of Sheboygan County adults who consume at least 2 servings of fruits a day on average to 62% and those who consume at least 3 servings of vegetables a day on average to 28% by 2018.

Actions: 

  • Write a series of press articles related to dietary guidelines for fruits and vegetables for the HSC2020 Sheboygan Press Column
  • Utilize coalition member’s organization’s social media as a venue to provide educational messages related to fruit and vegetable intake.
  • Explore opportunities for additional community outreach initiatives/strategies.
  • Support the development, implementation and marketing of cooking classes focused on the preparation of healthy meals (possibilities might include: Nourish, MOW’s, Community Health Center, WIC/UW extension).
  • Increase utilization of the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
  • Explore the implementation of the Double Your Bucks program for Farmers Markets.
  • Explore the coordination of community partnerships with local area school districts.

Goal: Initiate community adoption of an evidence based approach that will increase prevention, early intervention, and access to treatment for possible mental health disorders and/or substance abuse by supporting the implementation of the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment) model in at least 4 organizations by 2017.

Actions:

  • Committee members will learn about successful SBIRT implementation models taking place at local, state, and national communities and organizations through research and outreach.
  • Develop/implement a community survey designed to identify organizations currently using SBIRT as well as those willing to consider implementation of SBIRT at their facility
  • Compile survey findings and share with committee members.
  • Conduct assessment of those stakeholder’s interested in implementing SBIRT to identify areas where coordination of training/resources may be useful
  • Develop the strategies/actions to address the identified needs
  • Will partner with engaged stakeholders to identify and/or provide resources and support for training, continuing education and sustainability of SBIRT at their site(s).
  • Establish a data collection and continuous quality improvement process associated with community SBIRT

Goal: Reduce the use and abuse of heroin in Sheboygan County by December 31, 2017. Success will be demonstrated by (1) a decrease in the incidence of heroin and other opioid abuse related arrests, (2) emergency department visits related to heroin use and other opioid abuse and (3) overdoses from heroin and other opioids leading to death.

Actions:

  • Educational Outreach: WI DOJ Awareness Campaign, Town hall meetings, Public Presentations, Educational events – seminars & workshops for professionals and others in the field on certain topics related to heroin.
  • Mental Health/ATODA Resource Fair
  • National Recovery Month – September Combine efforts with National theme each year
  • Support Use of Narcan trainings/awareness/education
  • Maintain Medication Take-Back Program * Take-Back Medication Days (2 per year) * Five permanent boxes in Police Stations
  • Increase capacity of detox beds by contracting with hospitals in nearby counties
  • Create a 2 bed Community Based Residential Program for Opioid Detoxification at DHHS property on Pennsylvania Ave
  • Increase the quality of treatment by offering Evidence Based trainings to county agencies & providers
  • Provide training on AODA to ABODE staff due to recent transition of the facility to include AODA and Dual diagnosed residents
  • Explore possibility of creating a peer run sober living facility
  • Support SCAN’s Well County Initiative when it comes to working with employers and EAP staff regarding their drug testing policies and recovery support services

Goal: Reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse in Sheboygan County.

Actions:

  • Organize and hold a Mental Health & Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse Resource Fair to improve awareness of programs and resources in Sheboygan County.
  • Write Press Articles for the HSC2020 column of the Sheboygan Press that focus on the reduction of stigma.
  • Support MHA explore with W.I.S.E. and other successful anti-stigma initiatives in other communities and pick target population and project to develop and implement in Sheboygan County.
  • Support activities, outreach, and marketing for National Recovery Month in September.
  • Connect with SCAN Committee to support Well County Initiative and assure accurate information on mental health, illness, addiction, and trauma are being shared with employees in non-stigmatizing ways.
  • Review other CHA’s that may have stigma-related question and determine if appropriate to add to the CHA or not after consulting with partners.

Goal: Initiate community adoption of an evidence based approach that will increase prevention, early intervention, and access to treatment for possible mental health disorders and/or substance abuse by supporting the implementation of the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment) model in at least 4 organizations by 2017.

Actions:

  • Committee members will learn about successful SBIRT implementation models taking place at local, state, and national communities and organizations through research and outreach.
  • Develop/implement a community survey designed to identify organizations currently using SBIRT as well as those willing to consider implementation of SBIRT at their facility
  • Compile survey findings and share with committee members.
  • Conduct assessment of those stakeholder’s interested in implementing SBIRT to identify areas where coordination of training/resources may be useful
  • Develop the strategies/actions to address the identified needs
  • Will partner with engaged stakeholders to identify and/or provide resources and support for training, continuing education and sustainability of SBIRT at their site(s).
  • Establish a data collection and continuous quality improvement process associated with community SBIRT

Goal: Reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse in Sheboygan County.

Actions: 

  • Organize and hold a Mental Health & Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse Resource Fair to improve awareness of programs and resources in Sheboygan County.
  • Support the “There is Hope” walk for suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Write Press Articles for the HSC2020 column of the Sheboygan Press that focus on the reduction of stigma.
  • Support MHA explore with W.I.S.E. and other successful anti-stigma initiatives in other communities and pick target population and project to develop and implement in Sheboygan County.
  • Support activities, outreach, and marketing for National Mental Health Month in May.
  • Connect with SCAN Committee to support Well County Initiative and assure accurate information on mental health, illness, addiction, and trauma are being shared with employees in non-stigmatizing ways.
  • Review other CHA’s that may have stigma-related question and determine if appropriate to add to the CHA or not after consulting with partners.