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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Taylor County Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Goals:

  • Eliminate the use of alcohol and other drugs by Taylor County youth.
  • Eliminate injuries and deaths to Taylor County residents from drinking and driving.

Objectives:

All retail alcohol outlets will participate in keg registration.

  • Identify establishments with a license for retail sale of alcohol.
  • Identify and develop programs for community support for keg registration.
  • Identify community partners (i.e. retail alcohol outlet establishments, law enforcement, schools), willing to develop programs on the need for keg registration and the importance of eliminating alcohol use by underage drinkers.
  • Identify and develop a model ordinance for keg registration.
  • Implement and promote programs for community support for keg registration.
  • Convene community partners (i.e. liquor storeowners, law enforcement, schools), to implement and promote programs on the need for keg registration and the importance of eliminating alcohol use by underage drinkers.
  • Promote passage of a model ordinance for keg registration.

Decrease the number of Taylor County residents arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI), and illicit drug use.

  • Identify and develop programs designed for parents about the consequences of underage drinking and operating while intoxicated.
  • Identify and develop guidelines for alcohol-free events (i.e. post-prom parties, lock-ins).
  • Identify and develop programs on social drinking (i.e. how much is too much, the effects of alcohol on your health, and the hazards of alcohol for the aging population).
  • Identify and develop programs for groups serving alcohol at festivals and fundraisers.
  • Identify and promote evidence-based school prevention programs.
  • Implement and promote programs designed for parents about the consequences of underage drinking and operating while intoxicated.
  • Implement and promote guidelines for alcohol-free events (i.e. post-prom parties, lock-ins).
  • Implement and promote programs on social drinking (i.e. how much is too much, the effects of alcohol on your health, and the use of alcohol for the elderly population.)
  • Implement and promote programs for groups serving alcohol at festivals and fundraisers.
  • Implement and promote evidence-based school prevention programs.
  • Explore “Safe-Ride-Home” options.
  • Identify and develop designated driver programs and encourage taverns to offer free soda to designated drivers.
  • Identify and develop sources that will provide funding for alcohol education and surveillance (i.e. court system, community based organizations, school based organizations, service clubs).

Goals:

  • Taylor County worksites will provide an environment that fosters healthy lifestyles including promoting healthy food choices and encouraging regular exercise.
  • Taylor County restaurants will provide healthy options on their menus; community events (fairs, festivals, service club outing, sports venues), will offer healthy eating options; and retail food stores will provide ongoing information on healthy menu planning.
  • Taylor County community gardens and farmers markets will provide nutritional information and health options at their locations.
  • Residents of Taylor County, through the increase of regular physical activity and healthy eating habits, will reduce the morbidity and mortality from the impact of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

Objectives:

10 Taylor County worksites will implement one or more initiatives from the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit.

  • Assure Taylor County CHIPs members are part of the Taylor County Wellness Committee.
  • Survey Taylor County worksites to determine what is in place and to determine which worksites may participate.
  • Collaborate with the Medford Chamber of Commerce and other Taylor County organizations to develop a recognition award for worksites.
  • Identify organizations that can help promote the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit to Taylor County worksites.
  • Identify Taylor County worksites that will participate in piloting initiatives from the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit.
  • Identify and pilot strategies that encourage Taylor County worksites to offer incentives for their employees that adopt healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Identify and pilot physical activity strategies employees can implement at Taylor County worksites including stretching and exercises they can do during their breaks in their workday.
  • Convene organizations that can help promote the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Worksite Wellness Resource Kit to Taylor County worksites and assist in implementing initiatives from the resource kit.
  • Implement and promote strategies that encourage Taylor County worksites to offer incentives for their employees that adopt healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Implement and promote physical activity strategies employees can implement at Taylor County worksites including stretching and exercises they can do during their breaks in their workday.
  • Publish a brochure that highlights worksites that have implemented healthy lifestyles and the types of strategies they offer to their employees.

Five Taylor County venues, such as restaurants, community events, and retail food stores will offer healthy selections.

  • Survey and identify restaurants, community events, and retail food stores that offer healthy choice options, with ingredients on menus, at events and healthy menu planning.
  • Collaborate with the Medford Chamber of Commerce and other Taylor County organizations to develop a recognition award for restaurants, community events, and retail food stores.
  • Identify and develop programs defining healthy choices for restaurants, community events, and retail food stores.
  • Identify and develop strategies that encourage restaurants, community events, and retail food stores in offering healthy choice options with ingredients on menus, at events, and healthy menu planning.
  • Implement and promote programs on healthy choices for restaurants, community events, and retail food stores.
  • Implement and promote strategies that encourage restaurants, community events, and retail food stores in offering healthy choice options with ingredients on menus, at events and healthy menu planning.
  • Publish a brochure that highlights restaurants, community events and retail food stores that offer healthy choices and provide nutritional information

Taylor County community gardens and farmers markets will provide nutritional information to participants.

  • Survey and identify where community gardens and farmers markets are in Taylor County.
  • Identify and develop programs on nutrition, healthy recipes, and physical activity for the community.
  • Identify and develop programs on how to properly store, freeze or can summer and fall produce for future use in meal planning.
  • Identify and develop specific strategies for populations impacted by obesity and poor nutrition.
  • Identify and develop programs on the benefits of the healthy food choices provided at community garden and farmers market.
  • Identify and develop strategies on pertinent nutritional information for products commonly available in community gardens and farmers markets.
  • Identify and develop strategies so nutritional information displayed at community gardens and farmers markets are readily available.
  • Implement and promote programs on nutrition, healthy recipes, and physical activity for the community.
  • Implement and promote programs on how to properly store, freeze or can summer and fall produce for future use in meal planning.
  • Implement and promote strategies for populations impacted by obesity and poor nutrition.
  • Implement and promote programs on the benefits of the healthy food choices provided at community gardens and farmers markets.
  • Provide nutritional information at community gardens and farmers markets.

Two new physical activity opportunities available in Taylor County will be promoted and published.

  • Survey organizations (i.e. service clubs, schools, government agencies), and identify available biking, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and walking trails in Taylor County, including county, federal, and state forest areas.
  • Survey organizations (i.e. service clubs, schools, government agencies), and identify physical activity options in urban and rural areas of Taylor County.
  • Survey community organizations, and identify physical activity options at community sites in Taylor County.
  • Survey and identify hotels that offer open swimming.
  • Identify what type and where exercise classes for senior citizens are available.
  • Identify gyms, martial art classes, yoga instruction, dance classes, recreational activities, and physical activity classes in Taylor County.
  • Identify and develop strategies for family centered activities.
  • Identify and develop strategies to implement “Walk and Bike to Work” programs
  • Develop additional biking, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and walking trails in Taylor County, including county, federal, and state forest areas.
  • Increase the number of physical activity options in urban and rural areas of Taylor County.
  • Collaborate with schools and increase hours of operation for schools to allow community access to physical activity facilities.
  • Increase the number of physical activity options, such as indoor/outdoor walking at community sites.
  • Identify, develop, and increase hotels that offer open swimming.
  • Increase the number of strategies for family centered activities.
  • Promote “Walk and Bike to Work” programs.
  • Promote and increase exercise classes for senior citizens.
  • Promote and increase the number of gyms, martial art classes, yoga instruction, dance classes, recreational activities, and physical activity classes available in Taylor County.

Goals:

  • Assure pharmacy patrons receive information about prescription drugs, including side effects, appropriate methods for disposal and subsequently eliminate the improper disposal of prescription drugs in Taylor County.
  • Eliminate the use of alcohol and other drugs by Taylor County youth.
  • Eliminate the use of illicit drugs by Taylor County residents.

Objectives:

Increase the number of prescription and other pharmaceutical drug disposal options.

  • Support the statewide registry database for controlled substances.
  • Collaborate with community partners to increase the number of pharmaceutical drug disposal options.
  • Establish a baseline of the number of current pharmaceutical drug disposal options.
  • Assess what policy and practices hospitals, clinics and pharmacies have in place for drug disposal.
  • Identify and develop programs on the importance of the proper disposal of prescription drugs to disseminate through pharmacies.
  • Identify and develop programs on the proper disposal of prescription drugs for nursing homes, health care providers, and the public.
  • Implement and promote programs on the importance of the proper disposal of prescription drugs to disseminate through pharmacies.
  • Implement and promote programs on the proper disposal of prescription drugs for nursing homes, health care providers, and the public.

Decrease the number of Taylor County residents arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI), and illicit drug use.

  • Identify and develop programs related to the prevention of illegal drug use targeting youth as well as adults (i.e. misuse of prescription drugs for the elderly, use of marijuana).
  • Identify and develop programs to help parents and caregivers identify drugs their children use.
  • Identify and develop programs on the proper use and the hazards of abuse of prescription drugs for the elderly population.
  • Identify community partners to engage in the development of programs for identified child abusers who also use drugs.
  • Identify organizations that offer treatment options for drug abusers.
  • Identify and develop sources that will provide funding for drug abuse programs (i.e. court system, community based organizations, school based organizations, service clubs).
  • Implement and promote programs related to the prevention of illegal drug use targeting youth and adults (i.e. misuse of prescription drugs for the elderly, use of marijuana).
  • Implement and promote programs to help parents and caregivers identify drugs their children use.
  • Implement and promote programs on the proper use and the hazards in abuse of prescription drugs for the elderly population.
  • Convene community partners to engage in the implementation of programs for identified child abusers who also use drugs.
  • Convene organizations that offer treatment options for drug abusers and explore strategies to provide better continuity of service.
  • Identify and develop sources that will provide funding for drug abuse programs (i.e. court system, community based organizations, school based organizations, service clubs).

Goals:

  • All Taylor County children will receive affordable dental care.
  • All Taylor County women will have access to breast cancer screening services.

Objectives:

There will be an increase in the number of Taylor County residents, presently having limited or no dental services, receiving adequate and appropriate dental services.

  • Assure private water supply testing for fluoride is available for Taylor County residents.
  • Continue surveillance and interventions in schools to provide fluoride varnish and fluoride supplements.
  • Establish a baseline for the number of Taylor County residents that presently have limited or no access to dental services.
  • Educate health care providers and the public about the need to test for fluoride in private water supplies prior to using fluoride supplements.
  • Collaborate with dental providers and develop strategies to remove barriers to providing care to residents with limited access.
  • Identify and develop specific strategies that target children and prenatal care clients.
  • Identify and develop specific strategies to increase access for those on Medicaid and those without insurance.
  • Implement and promote specific strategies that target children and prenatal care clients.
  • Implement and promote specific strategies to increase access for those on Medicaid and those without insurance.
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies to increase the number of dental students providing services in Taylor County.
  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies to increase the number of portable dental chairs for use in Taylor County schools

There will be an increase in the number of Taylor County women receiving mammography services.

  • Educate the community and promote available breast cancer screening services and procedures.
  • Continue to provide and expand outreach for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP).
  • Determine barriers to access for Taylor County residents needing mammography services.
  • Establish a baseline to determine the number of sites that offer mammography services for Taylor County residents
  • Increase the number of sites that offer mammography services for Taylor County residents.
  • Increase the number of sites that offer mammography services outside of regular clinic hours

 

  • Residents of Taylor County, through the increase of regular physical activity and healthy eating habits, will reduce the morbidity and mortality from the impact of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

Goal: All Taylor County parents, grandparents, and caregivers will have their children properly positioned in car seats as documented by Certified Car Seat Inspectors.

Objective:

There will be an increase in the number of car seat events provided and conducted by Certified Car Seat Inspectors for Taylor County parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

  • Establish a baseline of the number of child car seat safety events and the number of car seats checked each year by Certified Car Seat Inspectors.
  • Identify and develop strategies, targeting parents, grandparents, and caregivers, to increase the number of Taylor County residents that demonstrate appropriate child car safety seat use
  • Identify and develop programs to reduce recalled and compromised car seats in use in Taylor County.
  • Identify and develop programs targeting worksites to provide opportunities for car seat checks.
  • Identify and develop programs to educate the public on the dangers of selling and buying used car seats at rummage sales, garage sales, flea markets, etc.
  • Implement and promote programs to reduce recalled and compromised car seats in use in Taylor County.
  • Implement and promote programs targeting worksites to provide opportunities for car seat checks.
  • Implement and promote programs to educate the public on the dangers of selling and buying used car seats at rummage sales, garage sales, flea markets, etc..
  • Secure funding for training Certified Car Seat Inspectors.
  • Increase the number of Certified Car Seat Inspectors.
  • Secure funding to provide car seats for Taylor County residents for reduced costs.
  • Survey rummage sales, garage sales, and flea markets, etc., to purchase old car seats to remove them for use by the public.