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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Wauwatosa Health Department

Implementation Approaches

Implement risk reduction strategies for alcohol and marijuana use among Wauwatosa residents.

-Promote safe using behaviors and reduce risk of mortality.

  • Reduce rates of impaired driving by 10%.

-Promote community safety by increasing awareness around substance use and violence.

Create a culture of healthful eating and increased nutrition.

-Increase the number of residents who report eating 2+ servings of fruits per day by 5% and 3+ servings of vegetables per day by 10%.  

  • Implement a Harvest of the Month program at grocery stores, schools, Tosa Farmer's Market, and other locations across the City.
  • Increase utilization of the Power of Produce Program with Tosa Farmer's Market by coordinating a formal introduction to the program at five-year-old kindergarten graduations at WSD and private schools.
  • Increase residents' awareness and utilization of Tosa Cares and Tosa Food Pantry through targeted educational campaigns. Implement a "Give Healthy" campaign citywide for donations.
  • Promote the benefits of family mealtimes in the Wauwatosa general, medical, educational, and daycare communities.
  • Engage local restaurants to host a family meal night. The family meal nights will include information on how to start and have family conversations. City dignitaries and leaders may be invited to attend and participate.

-Increase the number of new mothers that report breastfeeding/chest feeding upon discharge from the hospital by 5%.

  • Implement the WIC evidence-based educational program, Coffective.  
  • Create a private nursing/pumping room in at least two locations across Wauwatosa for use during public events.

Create a culture of increased physical activity and movement.

-Increase the number of residents, including seniors and those who are disabled, who report engaging in the recommended moderate or vigorous physical activity by 10%.  

  • Inventory current recreational programming activities throughout Wauwatosa.
  • Create an online repository of programming and fitness opportunities throughout Wauwatosa.
  • Implement an annual citywide Mayor's Fitness Challenge for adults and families in Wauwatosa. The challenge will focus specifically on two additional populations: adaptive and middle/high school students.
  • In partnership with Wellness in Tosa Schools (WITS), create an improved physical education policy for high school students.
  • Inventory current workplace wellness programs across Wauwatosa.
  • Distribute a toolkit for employers on implementing a wellness program.
  • Investigate the WELCOA Well City designation for Wauwatosa.
  • Promote intergenerational programs.
  • Increase walkability in Wauwatosa by installing directional landmark signs with walking distances.

Increase awareness and education on opiates and prescription drugs.

-Create a Wauwatosa Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide.

  • Develop a toolkit with education and prevention on opioids and other prescription drugs.
  • Create a resource guide with substance use treatment centers, mental health providers and other relevant resources in Wauwatosa. Disseminate hard copy and electronic versions through a variety of methods and partners.

-Develop a Hidden in Plain Sight initiative in Wauwatosa.

  • Construct mobile and stationary teen bedroom exhibits that contain warning signs of substance use.
  • Each year, host a community event to educate parents and children on early intervention and prevention of substance use.

-Promote methods for proper disposal of prescription medication.

  • Host medication collection events twice per year in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Drug Take Back Days.
  • Create a list of medication and sharps disposal sites throughout Wauwatosa.
  • Provide education around safe medication storage in the home and proper disposal methods.

Implement risk reduction strategies for alcohol and marijuana use among Wauwatosa residents.

-Promote safe using behaviors and reduce risk of mortality.

  • Reduce rates of impaired driving by 10%.
  • Reduce the percentage of Wauwatosa students who think people are at no risk of harm if they smoke marijuana from 29% to 24%.

-Promote community safety by increasing awareness around substance use and violence.

Reduce preventable injury hazards at home to allow all Wauwatosans to safely age in place.

-Decrease inpatient hospital and emergency room visits related to falls by 10%.  

  • Train Senior Liaisons in fall prevention strategies and programs available in the community for the seniors they encounter.
  • Increase the numbers and locations of community offerings for evidence-based fall prevention education classes (Stepping on, Remembering When, etc.).

Establish a community of mental health resiliency.

-Decrease the number of Wauwatosa residents that report feeling sad, blue or depressed by 15%. 

  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by offering Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma Informed Care education at various community locations.

-Reduce the number of Wauwatosa residents that seriously considered suicide in the last year by 10%.  

  • Increase the outreach of the Youth Mental Health First Aid program by expanding the marketing of the program throughout the Wauwatosa community.
  • Develop a Wauwatosa-specific mental health resources document to distribute throughout the community to assist those in mental health crisis. Disseminate hard copy and electronic versions through a variety of methods and partners.

Develop a culture of healthy relationships in Wauwatosa.

-Increase the number of Wauwatosa high school students that feel they belong at their school to 70%.

  • Establish a youth peer to peer support program (i.e. Hope Squad) in Wauwatosa high schools and middle schools.

-Implement an annual Mental Health Awareness speaker series each May beginning in 2019.  

  • Recruit local individuals and organizations to speak on a variety of mental health topics throughout Mental Health Awareness Month each year.

-Implement the Senior Liaison program with the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association.

  • Senior liaisons would provide mental health or other community resources to at-risk seniors they encounter.

Promote community safety by increasing awareness around substance use and violence.

Reduce preventable injury hazards at home to allow all Wauwatosans to safely age in place.

-Decrease inpatient hospital and emergency room visits related to falls by 10%.  

  • Train Senior Liaisons in fall prevention strategies and programs available in the community for the seniors they encounter.
  • Increase the numbers and locations of community offerings for evidence-based fall prevention education classes (Stepping on, Remembering When, etc.).
  • Increase marketing of WHD child home safety program to day cares, churches and WIC participants.

-Decrease the number of children with elevated lead levels by 10%.

  • Wauwatosa Departments of Public Works, Water, and Health will work together to create a lead hazard awareness campaign for Wauwatosa residents.
  • Encourage and educate local pediatricians on the importance of lead testing for all children and proper follow-up for those that have elevated lead levels. Create a culture of increased physical activity and movement.

Create a culture of road safety.

-Decrease the number of inattentive driving citations given by the Wauwatosa Police Department by 20%.  

  • Increase awareness of the Graduated Driver's License law for parents of teens by utilizing the tools provided by the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Crossroads Teen Driving Program.
  • Implement an inattentive driving program at both Wauwatosa high schools.
  • Promote free or low cost senior driving safety courses available online or in person to assist seniors with ongoing infrastructure changes.
  • Increase the number of Wauwatosa residents signed up to receive e-mail or text alerts for local road construction updates.

-Reduce pedrestrian related injuries by 10%.

  • Continue to implement the recommendations made in the Wauwatosa Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to make Wauwatosa roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Promote safe walking and biking for all Wauwatosa children by increasing participation and education in Walk to School and Bike to School days at all elementary schools.
  • Promote bicycle safety training annually (Bike Camps, Bike Rodeos, Bublr courses, and helmet fitting events) to Wauwatosa residents

Wauwatosa as a model community for emergency response.

Increase the number of Wauwatosans available to assist in a medical and public health emergency.

  • Increase the number of AEDs available in public establishments by 15%.
  • Increase the number of residents trained in hands-only CPR by 10%.
  • Increase the number of residents actively utilizing the Pulse Point app on their smartphone by 10%.
  • Implement training of the Stop the Bleed program to Wauwatosa residents.
  • Increase the number of Wauwatosa residents registered on the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR) by 10%.