Community Health Needs Assessment Released
It is our pleasure to share with you the 2016 Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties Community Health Needs Assessment. On behalf of the three Boards of Health, steering committees, and the three Ministry Health Care hospitals, we hope you will find this information useful in planning and responding to the needs of our community. We would like to personally thank the UW – Extension and The Division of Public Health-Northern Region for their continued support and resources.
This document represents the work of over 75 community leaders and partners in addition to the staff in all three county health departments and Ministry Health Care. These partners demonstrated a strong commitment to assessing the health needs of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties, working collaboratively to making our communities healthier. The Community Health Needs Assessment is meant to summarize the key findings from data analysis, a day long community meeting held December 11, 2015, interviews and community surveys.
Following the community assessment, a Community Health Improvement Plan will be developed. This plan provides a template to assist public health stakeholders with implementing the evidenced-based strategies that address the top three health priorities of:
Alcohol and Drug Use
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
We hope that you find this document useful and welcome any comments or suggestions you may have for improving the health of our communities. Please click the following link to provide feedback https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GSY6TT.
2016 Community Needs Assessment Report
Community Data Fact Sheets
Community Health Survey Final Report
Mental Health Awareness Month
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental illness in their lifetime? Every day millions of Americans go about their daily life suffering in silence. Mental illness is not a new issue and it is not going away however, many people still find it hard to talk about. The fear of mental health stigma is real and a huge concern for those who suffer from mental illness.
3 out of 4 people who have a mental illness say they have experienced stigma. Stigma is a mark of disgrace or shame. These negative attitudes can create prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination.
What does stigma have to do with mental health?
Stigma leads to…
- Inadequate insurance coverage for mental health services
- Fear, mistrust and violence against people living with mental illness and their families
- Family and friends turning their backs on people with mental illness
- Prejudice and discrimination
Discrimination against those who suffer from mental illnesses deters them from seeking help and denies them opportunities. Nearly two thirds of all people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, especially those from a diverse population. Despite Civil Rights Laws that protect those with mental illnesses such as the American’s with Disabilities Act, people with mental illnesses often suffer discrimination in the workplace, education, housing and healthcare.
How can we fight stigma related to mental illness?
- Use respectful language. Put the person before the illness and never use words like crazy, lunatic or psycho and correct those who do.
- Provide professional development opportunities for staff regarding diversity, mental health issues and fostering an inclusive work environment.
- Become an advocate. Create awareness by speaking out and challenging stereotypes portrayed in the media. Take it upon yourself to inform your community.
- Teach others about mental illness. Spread understanding that these are illnesses like any other.
For more information or resources related to mental health visit: www.nami.org.
If you or anyone you know are experiencing emotional distress contact the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-299-1188. This is a free 24/7 crisis intervention hotline that is run by professionals who will provide a supportive listening ear.