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Wisconsin Specific Resources

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What Works for Health

An Evidence-based Resource: Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin's Health What Works for Health is a database of policies and programs that can improve health. These policies and programs address key drivers of health that, in turn, improve health outcomes. This database is based on a wide scan of analyses assessing evidence of effectiveness. They summarize research about what does and does not work to help different stakeholders (such as public health practitioners, community organizations, businesses, schools, and others) identify policies and programs that could improve health.

Wisconsin Local Data Sets and Statistics:


America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation) - WI

CDC SNAPS – Snap Shots of State Population Data - Emergency Preparedness and Response WI

CHSI – Community Health Status Indicators- choose WI and county

County Health Rankings (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) - WI

Obesity Calculator for WI

State Health Facts Online (Kaiser Family Foundation)- WI state profile

Wisconsin: City, County and Regional Data

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Health Statistics

Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking program

Wisconsin State Agencies

ACCESS
Find out if someone is eligible or apply for Wisconsin FoodShare, health care (Badgercare), Family Planning waiver, and/ or child care assistance. 

State of Wisconsin Blue Book
Blue Book contains a wealth of information befitting its status as the Almanac of Wisconsin State Government. The 2009-2010 Wisconsin Blue Book is comprised of 12 sections and almost 1,000 pages. To simplify viewing and facilitate access, it has been divided into segments corresponding to the table of contents. Pages in the Adobe .pdf format allow you to print a copy of the document in the same format and pagination as the original book.

State of Wisconsin
Find information on government, public services, businesses, education, Wisconsin facts, health & safety, relocation, and visiting.

Health and Human Services
With comprehensive medical and essential human services including family services, health-care benefits and child services, Wisconsin actively seeks to provide a healthy environment for all its citizens.

Health and Safety
Learn about the health and safety resources available from state agencies or get vital records and valuable information about community services. Your questions are answered here.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. Goals are to: assure the health, safety, and well-being of Wisconsin citizens while emphasizing prevention, make Wisconsin a national leader in reforming health care, improve the lives of Wisconsin seniors and people with disabilities, increase opportunities for children to grow up safe, healthy, and successful in strong families, and create a high-performing organization that is customer-focused and values our partners and employees.

A-Z List
Search topics alphabetically

A-Z list from Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Community Health Improvement Process and Plans (CHIP)
Wisconsin statutes have required communities throughout Wisconsin to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions impacting their residents. This process has been referred to as the "Community Health Improvement Process" (CHIP), named in part, due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people that live there. Find examples, models, assessing and evaluation information here.

Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals
Links to screening for hypertension, BMI, and guidelines for working with and evaluating overweight and obese adults and youth

Public Health Information Portal
Information includes arthritis, cancer, environment, oral health, tobacco, women, etc.

Public Health Nursing Consultants
The Public Health Nurse Consultants are a part of the Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. We offer consultation and technical assistance in a defined geographic area or program area for the purpose of promoting and maintaining a strong public health infrastructure. This is accomplished through supportive relationships with local public health and tribal community health agencies, and other community partners.

Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking program provides environmental hazard and chronic disease data. Funded by the CDC to help bridge the gap between environment and chronic disease by providing numerous data sets in one location. They target local health departments in hopes the data can assist in creating the community health assessment or CHIPP. The topics that they have data are air pollutant, drinking water, asthma, birth defects, cancer, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead poisoning, heart attack, and reproductive outcomes.

Wisconsin DHS Birth to 3 Program
Children do different things at different ages. Some babies sit without support at six months while others need help until they're nine months old. Some toddlers start talking when they're a year old. Others might take longer to say their first words. If you're worried about the way your baby or toddler is developing, don't wait! The years from birth to age three are so important. Talk with your child's doctor about your concerns. You can also use the links below to find contact information for the Birth to 3 Program in your county. Or call Wisconsin First Step to find out where you can go for help.

Wisconsin DHS Breastfeeding

Wisconsin DHS Children and Youth with Special Needs
Promoting quality care for children and youth with special health care needs in Wisconsin. Program Goal is to assure that children and youth with special health care needs are: identified early, receive high quality coordinated care, and their families receive the supports they need.

Wisconsin DHS Community Health Improvement Process and Plans (CHIP)
Wisconsin statutes have required communities throughout Wisconsin to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions impacting their residents. This process has been referred to as the "Community Health Improvement Process" (CHIP), named in part, due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people that live there. Find examples, models, assessing and evaluation information here.

Wisconsin DHS Environmental Health Resources
Information includes air quality, chemical hazards, human hazards, food safety, mosquito control, and water quality.

Lead Safe Wisconsin

Wisconsin DHS Injury Prevention Resources
Here you will find an alphabetical listing of links for injuries – including bicycles, child car seats, falls, motor vehicles, playground safety, sexual assault, snowmobiling safety, suicide and violence.
 
Wisconsin DHS Maternal and Child Health
The MCH Program works with local public health departments, community based organizations, statewide organizations and other providers to provide and or assure quality health services are delivered to mothers, children, and families in Wisconsin. Primary areas of focus include: increasing healthy birth outcomes; promoting and assuring comprehensive primary care for children ages birth to 21, including children with special health care needs; promoting healthy lifestyles among school-age youth, ages 6-21, including children with special health care needs; assure access to safe, healthy child care up to age six, including children with special health care needs; preconception, pregnancy-testing, and family planning/reproductive health services.

Wisconsin DHS Mental Health Programs

Mental Health, Inpatient Treatment
Mental Health Institute, Mendota 
Mental Health Institute, Winnebago
Mental Health Treatment - Introduction
Mental Health Treatment Provider Directories

Mental Health, Wisconsin Council on (WCMH)
Mental Illness, Community Support Programs
Wisconsin Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services

Wisconsin DHS Nutrition/Hunger Relief Programs

Wisconsin DHS Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Program
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program provides statewide leadership to decrease overweight and obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Located in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Program and its partners have developed and are implementing the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity State Plan to accomplish the overall goal of preventing obesity and chronic disease.

Wisconsin DHS Occupational Health Occupational health is the surveillance, promotion and maintenance of the well-being of workers in all occupations. The Wisconsin Occupational Health Program works to track and promote workers' health and work capacity. We do this by measuring workplace injury, illness and death rates, educating employers and workers to our findings and suggesting interventions that will improve the work environment to become more conducive to worker safety and health. Information includes hot topics, work place safety, and health hazards.

Wisconsin DHS Oral Health Program
Oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Wisconsin residents and can be achieved by all residents. The word oral refers to the mouth. The mouth includes not only the teeth and gums (gingiva) and their supporting tissues, but also the hard and soft palate, the mucosal lining of the mouth and throat, the tongue, the lips, the salivary glands, the chewing muscles, and the upper and lower jaws. Equally important are the branches of the nervous, immune, and vascular systems that animate, protect, and nourish the oral tissues, as well as provide connections to the brain and the rest of the body. Find information on the background, fact sheets, other programs, task force, links, and partner resources. State specific programs include seal-a-smile, fluoride supplement, and donated dental services.

Wisconsin DHS Tobacco Prevention

This web site provides information and links to tobacco use prevention and tobacco addiction treatment resources in Wisconsin.
 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to the preservation, protection, effective management, and maintenance of Wisconsin's natural resources. It is responsible for implementing the laws of the state and, where applicable, the laws of the federal government that protect and enhance the natural resources of our state. It is the one agency charged with full responsibility for coordinating the many disciplines and programs necessary to provide a clean environment and a full range of outdoor recreational opportunities for Wisconsin citizens and visitors.

Environmental Protection
Information includes air quality, cleanups, waters, global climate, invasive species, regulation/ licensing, toxic substances, and mercury.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.

School Nursing and Health Services Program
Programs and health information can be found here.

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
The Department of Regulation and Licensing and related professional boards protect the citizens of Wisconsin by ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals. We serve the public and the professionals we regulate by fairly administering education, experience, and examination requirements, setting professional practice standards, and ensuring compliance by enforcing occupational licensing laws.

Wisconsin Department of Work Force Development

Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Responsible for environmental and public health regulation, and for providing public health services. The Division includes programs that address environmental and occupational health, family and community health, emergency medical services and injury prevention, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and communicable diseases. It is also responsible for issuing birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates as well as collecting statistics related to the health of Wisconsin's population.

Public Health Programs
 

Wisconsin Food Share
FoodShare Wisconsin was created to help stop hunger and to improve nutrition and health. FoodShare helps people with limited money buy the food they need for good health.

Wisconsin State Health Plan
Information on Healthy People 2010 and 2020 and implementation and evidence-based practice.

Healthiest WI 2010
This is the second Status Report from the Department of Health Services on progress in implementing the State Health Plan. The 2005 report serves as a midcourse review. It analyzes data to assess progress toward achieving the 11 health priorities in the Plan, and summarizes key Department activities and issues for each of the health priorities and the five infrastructure priorities.

Healthiest WI 2020
Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: Everyone Living Better, Longer represents the third decade of statewide community health improvement planning that is designed to benefit the health of everyone in Wisconsin and the communities in which we live, play, work, and learn. Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 declares a bold vision: Everyone Living Better, Longer, which reflects the plan’s twin goals: improve health across the life span, and eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. The plan’s mission is to assure conditions in which people can be healthy, and members of healthy, safe, and resilient families and communities.

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene As the State’s public and environmental health laboratory and a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene scientists and academic leaders provide analytical testing, consultation, research, and education in a variety of specialties, including infectious diseases, genetics, newborn screening, cytology, environmental sciences, occupational health and toxicology.

Wisconsin State Legislature
Find information about the Wisconsin legislature.

Wisconsin Laws and Statutes
Can search by specific statute number, word or phrase, or index.

Wisconsin’s Well Women Program
The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Well Woman pays for mammograms, Pap tests, certain other health screenings, and multiple sclerosis testing for women with high risk signs of multiple sclerosis. The program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, and is available in all 72 Wisconsin Counties and 11 tribes (PDF, 26 KB). Well Woman pays for certain screenings for some of the most common women's health concerns.

Wisconsin WIC (Women, Infant, and Children)
The purpose of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. WIC provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition and breastfeeding information, and referral to other health and nutrition services. WIC promotes and supports breastfeeding.

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Other Wisconsin Community Agencies

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin's mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by addressing key health issues through collaborative efforts with diverse organizations, communities and individuals.

Covering Kids & Families- Covering kids & families (CKF) is a statewide coalition dedicated to reducing health disparities and improving overall health in Wisconsin by cultivating a network of informed individuals and organizations and thereby enhancing capacity to maximize participation in public health insurance programs.

Health of Wisconsin Report Card 2010

The Health of Wisconsin Report Card 2010 is the updated version which measures the progress of meeting two overarching goals of the Wisconsin State Health Plans - the improvement of health and elimination of health disparities.

Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute

The Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute is a continuing education and training resource supported jointly by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

What Works for Health

What Works for Health is a database of policies and programs that can improve health. These policies and programs address key drivers of health that, in turn, improve health outcomes. This database is based on a wide scan of analyses assessing evidence of effectiveness. They summarize research about what does and does not work to help different stakeholders (such as public health practitioners, community organizations, businesses, schools, and others) identify policies and programs that could improve health.

Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program
WNEP is a UW-Extension nutrition education program that helps limited resource families and individuals choose healthful diets, purchase and prepare healthful food and handle it safely, and become more food secure by spending their food dollars wisely.

Wisconsin Primary Care Programs
Designated shortage areas- Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the top states for the percent of the population that has health insurance coverage, usually ranked in the top five states. However, there are many rural and urban communities around the state where there are shortages of primary care, dental care, and mental health providers, which means people are more likely to postpone seeking care, have to travel greater distances to get care, or have long waiting times before medical appointments. The Wisconsin Primary Care Program coordinates a number of these programs through partnerships with federal programs, other state programs, health care providers, clinics, local health departments, and organizations that work with underserved populations.

Wisconsin Public Health Information Network
The Wisconsin Public Health Information Network is a secure, online network from the Department of Health Services for integrating the information resources of the public health system and all public health partners. Using the Wisconsin PHIN, public health practitioners can securely contribute, retrieve, analyze, and eventually visualize public health data. Users must register and be approved.

Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health - The Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health (WAWH) is an independent, statewide network of organizations dedicated to advancing comprehensive women’s health in Wisconsin by engaging, educating, empowering and mobilizing individuals and organizations.

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