Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

South Milwaukee Health Department

2424 15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Milwaukee County
Local Health Department Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan
Time Frame: 2014-2019

Implementation Approaches

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to increase the percentage of South Milwaukee adults who eat the daily recommended number of 3+ vegetables

  • Assist with providing education to staff through food preparation and nutrition classes.
  • Bring local fruits and vegetables into work. Use a food co-op as an employee benefit.
  • Offer only healthy foods at meetings and community events.
  • Encourage the sale of healthy and nutritious food for school fund-raising activities.
  • Encourage a culture of healthy eating for employees through an incentive-based wellness program.
  • Participate in healthy eating community-wide programs. 
  • Offer cooking classes and cultural meals.
  • Collaborate with school district dietary staff regarding increased fruits and vegetables in the school breakfast and lunch program.
  • Encourage grocery stores to do more education.
  • Educate parents of school-age children regarding school breakfast and lunch requirements.
  • Promote Farmers Markets and the sale of local produce (winter and summer). Offer free cholesterol checks, raffles, and other incentives to boost attendance at South Milwaukee Farmer’s Market.
  • Create payroll stuffers that businesses can use.
  • Establish school and community gardens.
  • Encourage local dining establishments to offer healthier menus and do menu labeling.
  • Work with local food retailers to highlight healthier food choices.
  • Send monthly recipes and nutrition information to daycares, schools and senior housing.
  • Promote nutrition at National Night Out.
  • Work with chefs and/or registered dietitians to educate residents on how to prepare healthier meals.
  • Compile a list of healthy dining options in the city.
  • Increase number of vending machines in schools and businesses that contain a higher percent of healthier food items.
  • Create a community healthy eating cookbook

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to increase the number of adults who engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity per the CDC recommended guidelines

  • Implement after-school or after-work physical activity programs.
  • Bring in physical activity experts for lunch programs or education/presentation sessions.
  • Host health fairs with health screenings for staff and families. Consider inviting the public.
  • Track physical activity related-data and distribute among staff and partners to better measure and evaluate progress of programs.
  • Incorporate and encourage use of the trail into a wellness program.
  • Adopt policies that exceed national and state requirements regarding physical activity.
  • Get involved in youth leadership and sports opportunities.
  • Participate in community coalitions or partnerships with other organizations.
  • Encourage physical activity education, programs, and classes  
  • Organize a Fun Run, Moonlight Walking event, or other park activities.
  • Continue community-wide campaign to raise numbers of people participating in physical activities.
  • Encourage local businesses to adopt policies toward physical activity.
  • Establish additional safe walking and biking routes (including sidewalks). Enhance traffic safety in these areas with additional signage.
  • Ensure access to recreational opportunities.
  • Participate or lead community coalitions or partnerships.
  • Promote Open Swim.
  • Distribute monthly printed and website information to schools, daycares and senior housing regarding physical activity and its importance. Include locations of walking/biking areas.

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to decrease the percentage of South Milwaukee adults who report feeling sad, blue, or depressed always or nearly always

  • Increase opportunities for sharing stress management information.
  • Distribute stress management outreach materials to employees on a regular basis.
  • Ensure use of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) hotline.
  • Allow employees the time to deal with stressful situations. Provide flexibility and resources such as child care and cost deductions.
  • Add stress relieving component to all events and functions.
  • Discipline and eliminate negative biases and attitudes about various mental health issues.
  • Create a comprehensive database of emotional well-being/mental health resources and information.
  • Provide business owners, community leaders and parent groups brief sessions on the Life Course.
  • Develop the Ride for your Well-Being Fundraiser for more accessible transportation options via bus fare donations.
  • Develop an Emotional Well-Being Training Menu with 3-5 courses and trainers.
  • Educate and provide South Milwaukee adults with positive coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and character development to become healthy and resilient which will inadvertently transfer to South Milwaukee youth.

Objective: South Milwaukee Health Department will aid to increase the percentage of South Milwaukee parents who display positive parenting (including family communication, role modeling, and involvement in school)

  • Distribute child development outreach materials to parents of children of all ages.
  • Develop role model rewards/awards.
  • Allow employees that are parents the time to deal with family situations. Provide flexibility and resources such as child care and cost deductions.
  • Add a parenting component to all events and functions.
  • Discipline and eliminate negative biases and attitudes about various nurturing and attachment methods (i.e. do not allow employees to discriminate if someone chooses to co-sleep or breastfeed beyond the first year.)
  • Survey parents for their needs and wants from parental education endeavors.
  • Provide workshops based upon survey results.
  • Keep abreast of the latest parenting methods.
  • Develop child development materials for distribution by organizations and institutions.
  • Teach community leaders about various positive parenting methods.
  • Encourage social networking opportunities for parents.
  • Avoid political hot button issues with regards to parenting and provide support in general.