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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

St. Francis Health Department

Implementation Approaches

What are our overall Reduce Alcohol Use objectives?

-St. Francis Health Department will work to decrease the percentage of St. Francis residents who binge drink.

What can we do as organizations and institutions?   

  • Provide access to drinking cessation resources and programs such as lunchtime support groups.
  • Do not encourage happy hours and company meetings or get-togethers that include alcohol.

What can we do as a community-wide system? 

  • Offer a variety of alcohol reduction activities and support as well as alcohol-free events.  
  • Create school curriculum that addresses the dangers of alcohol abuse.
  • Conduct a community-wide media campaign to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and misuse.
  • Localize printed materials for distribution through a variety of methods including health screening locations.
  • Improve awareness and education related to chronic health conditions, including the effects of alcohol, by partnering with the St. Francis Library.
  • Mobilize youth to educate their peers about the dangers of alcohol abuse.
  • Regulate alcohol advertising.

What are our overall Physical Activity objectives?

-St. Francis Health Department will work to increase the number of St. Francis residents who engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity per the CDC recommended guidelines through awareness and programmatic efforts. 

-St. Francis Health Department will address significant policy barriers that hinder physical activity for residents

What can we do as organizations and institutions?   

  • 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.

What can we do as a community-wide system? 

  • Encourage physical activity education, programs, and classes such as: Walk to School Governors Challenge, Walk the Halls program at St. Francis High School, Walk to the Days for Health annual program, Exercise programs at senior housing, Community-wide classes at library
  • Conduct a 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.
  • Ensure access to recreational opportunities.
  • Participate or lead community coalitions or partnerships.  
  • Promote Open Swim
  • Distribute monthly printed information to schools, daycares and senior housing regarding physical activity and its importance

What are our overall Improved Nutrition objectives?

-St. Francis Health Department will work to increase the percentage of St. Francis residents who eat fruits and vegetables.  

-St. Francis Health Department will work to increase the number of healthy eating opportunities within the City of St. Francis.  

-St. Francis Health Department will work to increase the number of mothers who breastfeed.  

What can we do as organizations and institutions?   

  • Assist with providing education to staff through food preparation and nutrition classes.
  • Train food services staff regarding nutrition, taste, and presentation of foods.  
  • Bring local fruits and vegetables into work. Use a food co-op as an employee benefit.
  • Offer only healthy foods at meetings.
  • Prohibit the sale of non-nutritious food for school fundraising activities.
  • Encourage a culture of healthy eating for employees through an incentive-based wellness program.
  • Participate in community-wide programs.
  • Include coverage of breast pumps in your health insurance plans.
  • Support breastfeeding women with a quiet lockable room and refrigerator/freezer access. Enact a breastfeeding-friendly policy.

What can we do as a community-wide system? 

  • Encourage grocery stores to do more education.  
  • Educate parents of school-age children regarding school breakfast and lunch requirements.
  • Provide breastfeeding information to healthcare providers and worksites to better support breastfeeding families.
  • Promote Farmers Markets (winter and summer).
  • 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.
  • Partner with WIC to promote breast feeding for new mothers of infants.  
  • 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.
  • Work with the School District lunch program staff regarding healthy food options for students.  
  • Increase number of vending machines in schools and businesses that contain a higher percent of healthier food items.

-St. Francis Health Department will work to increase the percentage of St. Francis residents who attempt to quit smoking.

-St. Francis Health Department will address significant policy barriers that encourage behaviors leading to chronic diseases. One policy barrier will be to reduce the number of workplaces that allow smoking, even in designated spaces.  

What can we do as organizations and institutions?   

  • Provide access to smoking cessation resources and programs such as lunchtime support groups.
  • Educate on the dangers of other tobacco products, what they look like and how they are used.
  • Create workplace no-smoking policies inside or outside within 100 feet.  
  • Medical providers should assess patients smoking habits in all routine office visits and offer resources to quit.
  • Offer health fairs with a variety of traditional and non-traditional screening tests.

What can we do as a community-wide system? 

  • Create school curriculum that addresses the dangers of other tobacco products.
  • Conduct a community-wide media campaign to raise awareness about tobacco use/exposure.
  • Conduct ongoing opportunities for health screenings at local senior housing and at local industries (especially targeting adult males who have higher rates of blood pressure).
  • Localize printed materials for distribution through a variety of methods including health screening locations.
  • Improve awareness and education related to chronic health conditions, including the effects of tobacco, by partnering with the St. Francis Library.
  • Mobilize youth to educate their peers about the dangers of smoking.
  • Encourage retailers to place all tobacco products behind the counter.
  • Offer smoking cessation activities and support.  
  • Regulate tobacco advertising.
  • Encourage retailers to decrease tobacco advertising.

What are our overall Chronic Disease Management & Prevention objectives?

-St. Francis Health Department will work to increase the percentage of St. Francis residents who attempt to quit smoking.

-St. Francis Health Department will address significant policy barriers that encourage behaviors leading to chronic diseases. One policy barrier will be to reduce the number of workplaces that allow smoking, even in designated spaces.  

What can we do as organizations and institutions?   

  • Provide access to smoking cessation resources and programs such as lunchtime support groups.
  • Educate on the dangers of other tobacco products, what they look like and how they are used.
  • Create workplace no-smoking policies inside or outside within 100 feet.  
  • Medical providers should assess patients smoking habits in all routine office visits and offer resources to quit.
  • Offer health fairs with a variety of traditional and non-traditional screening tests.

What can we do as a community-wide system? 

  • Create school curriculum that addresses the dangers of other tobacco products.
  • Conduct a community-wide media campaign to raise awareness about tobacco use/exposure.
  • Conduct ongoing opportunities for health screenings at local senior housing and at local industries (especially targeting adult males who have higher rates of blood pressure).
  • Localize printed materials for distribution through a variety of methods including health screening locations.
  • Improve awareness and education related to chronic health conditions, including the effects of tobacco, by partnering with the St. Francis Library.
  • Mobilize youth to educate their peers about the dangers of smoking.
  • Encourage retailers to place all tobacco products behind the counter.
  • Offer smoking cessation activities and support.  
  • Regulate tobacco advertising.
  • Encourage retailers to decrease tobacco advertising.