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June 2015 Update:

News from the Consortium:

2015 Health Summit

The Consortium’s 7th Annual Health Summit brought together more than 130 participants from multiple sectors to learn more about developing a Culture of Health in our area.  Keynote speaker Karen Timberlake of the Population Health Institute spoke on creating a vision for a culture of health, the value of collective impact in our collaborative work, and the importance of focusing on root causes when addressing health issues. Dr. Denyse Olson-Dorff from Gundersen Health System also spoke about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on future health. 

For video of both presentations, slide sets, highlights of community accomplishments from 2014, and some great resources for improving community health, visit our 2015 Health Summit webpage.

Roadmaps to Health Action Award

La Crosse County was selected as one of 20 communities nationwide, and the only community in Wisconsin, to receive a Roadmaps to Health Action Award from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the UW Population Health Institute. The Action Award will be administered by the Consortium and was awarded because of our community’s efforts to work collaboratively to improve population health.  

The Award will provide one year of intensive support through community coaching, networking with other communities working on similar issues, connections with national organizations and thought leaders in community health, and $10,000 funding for training and consulting assistance for a six-person, multi-sector team dedicated to building a Culture of Health for La Crosse County. With this support, the team and a larger community advisory group will work together to develop a plan for exploring and addressing the root causes of health issues in our area.

Read a press release about the Action Awards.
Learn more about the Culture of Health concept here

Resources:

Summer is here, and students are looking for internship and volunteer project opportunities! If your organization or business is in need of student help this summer to work on projects that benefit the health of the community, post your projects on our Student/Community Opportunities webpage. Your project will automatically be listed on the student intern and volunteer job postings at Western Technical College, UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center. For fall 2015 opportunities, please submit your projects before August 1.

 


April 2015 Update:

News from the Consortium:

Cultural Competency Resource Website Launched

The Consortium’s Cultural Competency committee recently launched a new resource website to help healthcare educators, students, clinicians and other care providers in the region learn about providing culturally competent care to their diverse patients and clients. The site also includes a step-by-step guide to discovering your own cultural competency by exploring biases and perceptions.

Committee member Maribel Bird stated, “The importance of understanding each individual’s unique cultural preferences and needs has never been greater.   This website provides resources and tools for anyone to learn more about how each of us can help create a more culturally sensitive community.”

Visit the website here: http://www.lacrosseconsortium.org/cc

Thanks to the members of the Cultural Competency committee for their work in developing this important resource:

  • Maribel Bird – Viterbo University
  • Thomas Harris – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Patrick Lockley – Northfield
  • Laura Pettersen – Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center
  • Joanne Sandvick – La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium
  • Stephanie Swartz - Gundersen Health System
  • Dave Weichert – Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare

Nurse Educator Summit on Simulation

Simulation in the nursing field was the topic of the annual Nurse Educator Summit, hosted by the Consortium’s nurse education partners on March 19th.  Nurse educators and practicing nurses from around the region learned about the evidence supporting simulation and how to use simulation as a teaching tool.  They toured the Viterbo University simulation lab facility and heard about what other simulation resources are available in the region. Thank you to our planning partners: Viterbo University, Western Technical College, Winona State University, Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, and Gundersen Health System.

 

Resources:

The Healthcare Career Guide has been updated! Here you will find direct links to information about healthcare career education programs at all of our region’s higher education institutions—all in one place.

Summer break is coming! Don't forget to post your available student internships and volunteer opportunities to our Student/Community Opportunities website. If your business or organization is in need of interns, paid or unpaid, for a project or grant, submit your project on this site, and it will automatically be sent to Western Technical College, Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse, and the Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center to be listed with other student intern and volunteer opportunities. 

 


August 2014 Update:

It has been a very busy summer at the Consortium, and we have many updates to share from the past few months!

News from the Consortium:

In July, the Consortium released a new burden report entitled "Burden of Health Disparities in Chronic Illness: A Report on Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer in La Crosse County." Authors Lindsay Menard and Dr. Amanda Brouwer reviewed county-level data about health outcomes for a variety of chronic illnesses and compared them with socioeconomic factors such as education, income level, race, and access to care. The report will help inform future data collection in these areas and points to the existence of disparities in how chronic diseases affect the population.  Read the report here.

The Family Zone is coming again to Oktoberfest's Maple Leaf Parade in La Crosse on Saturday, September 27! The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior coalition will be providing an alcohol-free, smoke-free viewing area for people of all ages.  We will have bleachers, curbside viewing areas, and free t-shirts (while they last!).  Games for the kids will again be provided by the UW-La Crosse Physical Education Majors student club, who will also have food sales on-site as a fundraiser for their club.  All are welcome, and no wristbands or tickets are needed.  Find our flyer here and like us on Facebook as "Family Zone-La Crosse" to help spread the word.

Our Population Health committee's online Health Scorecard has been a valuable source of data for researchers, grantwriters, students, and others seeking information on the health of communities in the Consortium's tri-state service area.  To learn more about how the Scorecard is being used and how it can be improved, we conducted a user survey this summer.  At the time of the survey, the Scorecard had received more than 60,000 hits from more than 8,600 unique users around the world since its debut in 2007! Users taking the survey reported using the Scorecard primarily for health data summaries, county health rankings, and disease rates for the purposes of writing grants, strategic planning, research, and community needs assessments. Users also accessed the burden reports posted on the Scorecard home page.  We found that the Scorecard was frequently recommended to others, and many respondents shared ideas for further promoting this resource to our communities.  Thank you to everyone who assisted us in improving our Health Scorecard!

Partner News:

Gundersen Health System recently released the Coulee Region Dining Guide as a computer-based and mobile app for iPhones and Android smartphones. Like the hard copy Healthy Dining Guide released in the past, the new app provides information about area restaurants that offer healthy dining options such as shared entrees, locally-sourced ingredients, and lighter menu options, along with directions to restaurants, online reservations, and access to restaurants' websites.  Download the app here

Resources:

Our Healthcare Career Program Guide, which provides direct access to websites of area academic programs in healthcare fields, has just been updated. This is a helpful tool for students, job seekers, and those interested in furthering their education in healthcare to learn more about the variety of programs offered in our area.  

In a joint effort, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Injury Research Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin (the Consortium's partner on our alcohol work) recently announced a new report entitled: “The Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin: 2007-2011.”  It is available for download from their website.  Please share this report with your colleagues.

 


May 2014 Update:

News from the Consortium:

On May 2, the Consortium hosted its sixth annual Health Summit, which focused on the topic of health equity and attracted 104 participants.  Keynote speaker Jordan Bingham, Health Equity Coordinator at Public Health Madison and Dane County, spoke about how communities and their residents can work together to address health and safety issues equitably and inclusively.  Sara Sullivan, chair of the City of La Crosse's Neighborhood Revitalization Commission, shared many local examples of neighborhood residents partnering with local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to improve living conditions for all. To view Jordan's presentation and access the latest Resource Guide, visit our Health Summit page.  

Learn more about the Summit:

 

 

The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior project was honored May 8 by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) endowment at their 10th anniversary conference in Milwaukee. The partnership between the Consortium and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Injury Research Center received the AHW Excellence Award in the category of Collaboration and was one of three community-academic partnerships honored statewide. The partnership has been funded since 2007 through AHW’s Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program at MCW through a series of three grants totaling $1.1 million, which will continue into 2017.  Watch the video produced for the award ceremony by the Medical College of Wisconsin about the project on our coalition webpage

Congratulations to the City of La Crosse for passing a Social Host ordinance, which establishes penalties for adults who provide a location for underage drinking to take place, with fines of $1000-$5000.  The City of Onalaska passed a similar ordinance in August 2013, and both ordinances were supported by the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition. 

Learn more about the ordinance:

 

Resources:

 

Summer has arrived again, at last, and with it are students seeking internship opportunities with local businesses and nonprofits.  If your organization or business has paid or volunteer internships or project work, don't forget to list it on our Community Opportunities webpage, which automatically lists your project with the Consortium, Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center, Viterbo University, Western Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Just follow the "Instructions for Professionals/Organizations" section on the webpage

 


March 2014 Update:

News from the Consortium:

 

The national 2014 County Health Rankings were released this week. La Crosse County, the focus of the Consortium’s Healthy County Plan, improved to 19th in the state of Wisconsin for Health Outcomes and were 3rd in the state for Health Factors. To see all the County Health Rankings, visit their website.  We will have more details about how our region fared in the next update. 

The Consortium is preparing for our 6th annual Health Summit, to be held on May 2, 2014. This year our focus will be “Health Equity: The opportunity for health begins in our families, neighborhoods, schools, and jobs.” Our keynote speaker will be Jordan Bingham, Health Equity Coordinator for Public Health for Madison and Dane County. Learn more about our past Summits here.

Partner News:

The School District of La Crosse’s Health Science Academy hosted a visit from Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers and Wisconsin Technical College System President Myrna Foy in February. The District showcased student testimonials and success stories from the Academy, which is a program for high school juniors and seniors to learn more about healthcare career options. The Academy partners with all of the organizations in the Consortium and has been holding classes in the Health Science Center for three years.

Resources:

Our online Healthcare Career Guide has been updated! The Guide directs users to information on healthcare career education programs at area colleges and universities and shows the breadth of programs available at each school. It is updated quarterly. 


January 2014 Update:

News From the Consortium:

Three members of the Consortium's Cultural Competency committee--Maribel Bird, Laura Pettersen, and Stephanie Swartz--will be featured presenters at the February 12 "Lunch and Learn" of the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council. Their presentation, "Personal Journey Towards Cultural Competence" will center on the personal journey towards cultural competence, best practice guidelines, and specific cultures training modules. 

The event is Wednesday, February 12, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the La Crosse School District, 807 East Ave. S., in La Crosse.  Register in advance on the Diversity Council's website or by phone at 608-738-1407.  Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members of the Diversity Council.

 

Partner News:

Healthy Living Heroes. Congratulations to the first annual recipients of the Healthy Living Heroes Awards, presented by the Healthy Living Collaboration!  Area businesses, organizations, and individuals were honored for their commitment to healthier living for their families, employees, and communities.  Winners this year were:

 

  • Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare's "You Matter" employee wellness program
  • Old Oak Family Farm
  • Jodie Visker, garden coordinator at three Onalaska elementary schools
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.'s Eat Smart Menu Guide (honorable mention)
  • JoEllen Blegen, Nancy Kroner and Linda Mader, coordinators, instructors, and former participants of the Strong Seniors Weight Training Program for the town of Greenfield (honorable mention)
Read more about the awards here.

 

Job openings! Two organizations that we frequently partner with have job openings. Please share these within your networks as appropriate:

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) is seeking an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Experience in development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs to a variety of audiences along with background in community collaboration are necessary. Professionalism, motivation, and flexibility are essential. The full position description can also be found on the SRAHEC website, www.scenicriversahec.org.  Note that this position closes January 31, 2014.

COMPASS NOW is seeking a part-time Community Needs Assessment Specialist to coordinate and implement the COMPASS NOW assessment plan and process within the prescribed timeframe as outlined and directed by the community needs assessment team. The needs assessment will take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the programs supported by the Great Rivers United Way, Hospitals, and County Health Departments. The full job description can be found here.


December 2013 Update:

News From the Consortium:

This month, we'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of the work of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium in 2013. Everything we do is in partnership with others, and the work would not be possible without our many dedicated volunteers, staff from our partner organizations, and grant-supported staff. The Consortium has four active project committees working on community efforts: Population Health, Cultural Competence, Healthcare Workforce Shortages, and Nurse Education Clinical Coordination, and we are home to the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition. A list of our committee representatives can be found here.

At the Health Science Center, we work with additional committees composed of staff within the building and others who help us manage building operations and support the programs housed here. We are grateful for their time and expertise.

On behalf of the staff and the Board of Directors, we wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to working with you in the new year!

Resources:

Don't forget!: With most college students on winter break, don't forget to submit your projects in need of student assistance. Visit the "Community Opportunities" page on our website and follow the Instructions for Professionals/Organizations. Once submitted, your project description will automatically be sent to Viterbo University, Western Technical College, UW-La Crosse, and Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center where it can be accessed by students seeking internships and volunteer opportunities.

Partner News:

Congratulations to the City of La Crosse, which was designated a Bronze-level Walk-Friendly Community! Read more at the Walk Friendly Communities site.  

Happy 2014!

 


 

November 2013 Update:

News From the Consortium:

Several members of the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition were featured presenters at the statewide 2013 Alcohol Policy Summit in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tracy Herlitzke and Brenda Rooney presented "Community Festivals: Making a Change in Community Culture" and coalition chair Chief Ed Kondracki and coalition member Lt. Pat Hogan each appeared in panel discussions about local alcohol ordinances.

Resources:

Health Scorecard

How healthy is your community? Our online Health Scorecard is a great tool for anyone needing county-level or state-level health statistics, including students, grantseekers, public health educators and practitioners. The Scorecard includes health and demographic statistics from 20 counties in our region and allows you to compare data by geographic area or trend data by year. Please note that these kinds of data take time to be available to us, so you may have to look back a year or two to get a complete picture of a county's health. 

Updated Healthcare Career Program Guide

Thank you to all who provided updates and corrections last month for our Healthcare Career Program Guide.  The updated version can be found here

 


October 2013 Update:

News from the Consortium: 

 

  • Since 2009, the Consortium has been an active partner in the Healthy Living Collaboration (HLC), a coalition of community agencies and organizations working together on nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco issues.  The HLC is seeking nominations for a new award--the Healthy Living Heroes Award--which will recognize an individual youth, adult, and organization for their work helping La Crosse County be a healthier place. Nominations are due November 15, 2013.  For more information about the HLC or the Healthy Living Heroes Award, visit www.getactivelacrosse.org/healthy-living-collaboration.

Project Updates:

Family Zone a Success! 

 

  • Despite some rain in the afternoon, the 2013 Family Zone was a success, with more than 500 people joining us to watch Oktoberfest's Maple Leaf Parade on September 28.  We had returning guests from previous years, new faces, visitors from out of town, and some who had not been to the parade in years and were happy to have an alcohol-free place to sit with their families.  In the end, we had many great community sponsors step up to help cover our costs: Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare, Gundersen Health System, Coulee Parenting Connection, the La Crosse Loggers Foundation, the La Crosse County Prevention Network, Games People Play, Viterbo University, Western Technical College, UW-La Crosse Wellness Resource Center, the City of La Crosse, and the La Crosse Professional Police Non-Supervisory Association.  Thank you for another great year!

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Resources:

Healthcare Career Program Guide Updated 

 

  • Whether you are a student hoping to enter a healthcare field or a professional seeking further education, check out our recently-updated Healthcare Career Program Guide.  This helpful guide provides direct links to education programs in healthcare fields in technical colleges and public and private universities around our area.  

 


September 2013 Update:

News from the Consortium:

 

  • Karen Timberlake, Director of the Population Health Institute at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, joined us at our Health Summit in April to highlight the work of the Consortium and its partnerships in the community as one of Wisconsin's "Bright Spots." In the PHI’s online article, our community was one of four in the state featured for our collaborative approach to improving community health. 

Project Updates:

 

  • Once again, the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition is hosting an alcohol-free, smoke-free Family Zone along the route of Oktoberfest’s Maple Leaf Parade in La Crosse. All are welcome at the Family Zone, which is located on Copeland Avenue across from Festival Foods. We will be there at 7:00AM, and the parade usually arrives at about 10:30AM. There will be bleachers, seating areas for chairs, brat sales, supervised games for kids, and t-shirts for the kids. Thank you to our sponsors this year: Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Gundersen Health System, and Coulee Parenting Connection!  Like us on Facebook to help spread the word.

New Publications:

  • The Consortium's healthcare workforce report, "Looking Forward: Creating a Sustainable Healthcare Workforce," has been updated for 2012. The report highlights findings from our Healthcare Staff Assessment survey and Retirement and Departure Intention survey conducted in 2012 at healthcare facilities throughout the Consortium's service area.  Results from 2012 are compared to those from the 2009 report.

Resources:

Student and Community Volunteer Opportunities - Make a Connection!

 

  • School is back in session! If you work at a business or nonprofit that is seeking student or community volunteers for paid or unpaid internships or short-term jobs, you can list those open positions on our Student and Community Opportunities page.  Your job opening will automatically be forwarded to the student internship placement offices at Viterbo University, Western Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as well as Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center's website.  Students or volunteers can apply for the opportunities through any of these sources, or directly through our website

 


Previous Consortium Updates:

 

 

July 2012 Update

Local Counties will "Transform Wisconsin." Congratulations to the Health Departments of La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, and Monroe counties for their receipt of "Transform Wisconsin" grants! These grants will support local, community-based efforts to help promote healthy choices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco. Read more here.

2011 Accomplishments Update. Our effort to help La Crosse County be its healthiest has resulted in many accomplishments by our partner organizations in the past year. Now you can view much of this progress by visiting the Accomplishments page of our Healthiest County 2015 website.

This is just a sample of the work that was done in in 2010 and 2011 by our local communities in the areas of tobacco, obesity, risky alcohol use, and mental health improvement. You will see what progress was made toward the goals of our Health Improvement Plan and learn about both current and future initiatives in the community that support the overall health improvement effort.

Thank you to Brenda Rooney, PhD, MPH, of our Population Health Committee and Medical Director of Gundersen Lutheran’s Community and Preventive Care Services program for all of her hard work compiling the data and writing up her findings.

West Salem Shows Support for Healthiest County 2015 (HC2015). In addition to resolutions from the La Crosse County Board, the La Crosse City Council, and the Onalaska City Council in support of the HC2015 effort, the Village of West Salem recently adopted a resolution supporting our effort. Becoming a healthier county relies on the support of our communities, its organizations and businesses, and mostly its people, so we are pleased to receive such public shows of support for this important work being conducted by our local communities. Read the resolution in the Village minutes here.

WPHA Presentation on Alcohol Projects. Three members of the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior coalition—Pat Ruda, Brenda Rooney, and Catherine Kolkmeier—presented a breakout session on the recent work of the coalition at this summer’s annual meeting of the Wisconsin Public Health Association.

Family Zone 2012. Mark your calendars for the 2012 Family Zone, an alcohol-free area set up by the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior coalition along the route of the Maple Leaf Parade at this year’s Oktoberfest celebration in La Crosse. The Family Zone is open to anyone, not just families, and will be alcohol-free and smoke-free. Come join us on Saturday, September 29th across the street from Festival Foods on Copeland Ave. in La Crosse to watch the parade in a friendly, safe environment. The area will be open for seating at 7:00 AM.

March 2012 Update

The 2012 Health Summit was a success, with 118 people in attendance at the Lunda Center to celebrate our Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse collaborations for better health and to learn more about how to engage all the facets of our community in that collaboration. Key presenter John McKnight of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute encouraged us to dig deeper into our communities, bring the recipients of our work into the planning process, and look for creative ways to connect individuals, associations, and institutions to accomplish more with our resources.

Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking. The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the impact of underage drinking and what can be done to prevent it. The meeting will feature the perspectives of a young woman in recovery and her parent, a mental health counselor, and a representative of a Wisconsin community that took steps to change policy to help address the issue of underage drinking.

Please join us for this free discussion to be held at Viterbo University’s Collins Auditorium, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, from 7:00-8:30 PM, 929 Jackson St. in La Crosse. There will be refreshments and a drawing for prizes. The event is sponsored by the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition, the La Crosse County Prevention Network, and Viterbo University and is one of 1400 meetings across the country funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

February 2012 Update

La Crosse Magazine cover story. In January, La Crosse Magazine featured our Healthiest County 2015 project on their cover in a story written by our former graduate intern, Mandy Nogle. Thanks to Mandy and members of our Population Health committee for their help with the article. The cover photo also features students from the Health Science Academy, who have been spending their community service and job shadow time working with many of the partner organizations on the Healthiest County 2015 project. See a PDF of the article on our website.

“Compass Now” Report. The Great River United Way recently released the “2012 Compass Now” report, which is an assessment of needs in the five county Great Rivers Region. The report presents the results of data collected through a community survey, community focus groups, an extensive review of socio-economic indicators, and an inventory of community resources. Visit www.compassnow.org to read the report. We have also put a link to it on the Publications page of our website.

John McKnight, author of The Abundant Community and co-founder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) will be our keynote speaker and facilitator at the 4th Annual Health Summit on Friday, March 23. The Summit will be held from 8:00 am-12:15 pm at the Lunda Center on the Western Technical College campus. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited, so please contact us by March 15 if you would like more information.

January 2012 Update

New Mission Statement. To kick off the New Year, we are pleased to share with you our new mission statement: “Fostering collaboration for healthier communities.”

With all the efforts we are involved with, we believe this statement sums up what drives our work. Whether we are involved in improving people’s health or making it easier to enter the healthcare job market, our ultimate goal is a healthier community and to achieve it working in collaboration with our many partners.

New “What We Do” Webpage. So what do we DO at the Consortium? We get that question a lot, and so to help answer it, we have created a new page on our website that helps explain our many projects and collaborative efforts, called simply “What We Do.” Check it out here!

Burden of Mental Illness Report Released. As part of the mental health focus area of our Healthiest County 2015 effort, we are releasing a new report, “The Burden of Mental Illness: A Report on La Crosse and the Surrounding Region,” prepared by UW-La Crosse Masters of Public Health student Tara De Long. The report details the costs and other challenges our communities face in tackling the issue of mental illness (hence the name “burden report”).

Ms. De Long will formally present the report at a meeting of the Mental Health Subgroup of our Healthiest County 2015 project tomorrow (January 18) in the Health Science Center at 3:00 PM in Room 2064.

To read the report, visit the webpage for our Mental Health Focus Area here.

2011 America’s Health Rankings Released. In December, America’s Health Rankings were released for 2011, which compares each state’s relative health to one another. In our region, Minnesota ranked 6th in the nation. Wisconsin ranked 13th and Iowa ranked 17th. Vermont was the healthiest state in the country, and Mississippi was the least healthy.

The rankings look both at “determinants,” or actions that affect health (such as behaviors, policies, and environmental factors), and “outcomes,” or actions that have already occurred (diseases, deaths, days missed from work, etc.). Together, these numbers are weighted to provide an overall ranking for each state, which like our region’s Health Scorecard (www.communityscorecard.com) provides organizations and individuals a starting place for making positive changes.

To see the rankings, visit their website at www.americashealthrankings.org.

December 2011 Update

Grant announcement! We are very excited to announce that the Consortium, in partnership with the Injury Research Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin, was awarded a five-year, $750,000 grant award from the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program to support healthier choices related to alcohol use, especially in the area of alcohol policy and practices. Implementing the work will be the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition, which brings multiple community partners together with the Consortium and the IRC to address alcohol misuse in La Crosse County.

The award will begin on the heels of two current grants, each of which is in its third year, and will allow for 10 continuous years of work in this area to address the culture of alcohol in La Crosse County. Thank you to our entire grant team who made this possible!

Mark your calendars for the morning of Friday, March 23, 2012 for the 4th Annual Health Summit! We will meet once again at the Lunda Center on the Western Technical College campus in La Crosse. Details will follow soon…

October 2011 Update

October is Health Literacy Month, and the Consortium is proud to be the host of the Great Rivers Partners for Health-e People website, which provides valuable health literacy training for healthcare providers as well as resources for patients and their families.

Speaking of our website, do you know how many wonderful resources it contains? Our site provides access to useful data, valuable training, volunteer opportunities, publications, tools and much more. We encourage you to visit our site often, where you will find the following resources:

 

  • Cultural competency training modules and other resources – learn more about how the many cultures in our region approach health and healthcare and access print, web, and film resources to learn more about the breadth of different cultures, how to avoid stereotyping, and how to explore your own prejudices
  • Health Scorecard (www.communityscorecard.com) – Access health and safety data for every county in the Consortium’s region; compare counties, states, and the nation as a whole; and compare local and regional data to national and state benchmarks
  • Healthcare career programs website – find out what schools (technical colleges and universities) in our region offer degrees/certificates in various health professions, and access their websites directly
  • Burden reports – learn about the economic and social effects of alcohol-related injuries/deaths and obesity/physical inactivity on local communities. We are also preparing a new report on the costs of mental illness—coming soon.
  • Healthiest County 2015 Health Improvement Plan – learn what La Crosse County communities are doing to make us the healthiest county in the state by 2015; find out how individuals can get involved and what steps we can all take to make healthier choices every day; find tools for communicating your organization’s work to create healthier options
  • Community volunteer/Internship opportunities – connections for both students and local businesses/organizations with opportunities for project work, internships, and short-term work
  • Wellness resources for employers – find tools for creating and maintaining a worksite wellness program, connect with other employers about employee wellness, and nominate employers for the Workplace Wellness Award from Pioneering Healthier Communities
  • Access to InformedCaring.org - Informed Caring is a portal to information resources intended specifically for Wisconsin health professionals working in local health departments, federally qualified community health centers, and others providing health services in rural and underserved communities in Wisconsin - particularly those without access to academic or hospital libraries
  • CDC’s Guide to Community Preventative Services – This free resource will help healthcare professional and community organizations choose programs and policies that will improve health and prevent disease in their communities.
  • La Crosse Nursing Education Update, a short film by USC film student Stephen Helstad, discussing many of the nursing programs available to students in this region.

 

September 2011 Update

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition is sponsoring an alcohol-free “Family Zone” along the route of the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade this Saturday, September 24. It is proving to be a popular option, as we saw in today’s top story at the La Crosse Tribune.

Our hope is that this will lead to the continuation of the Family Zone in the future as well as continued community-level dialog about alcohol overconsumption at Oktoberfest and other community events. Please join us this weekend if you are planning to attend the parade, or if it is an event you have been skipping in past years—help us make this year different. Wristbands are needed, so check the news article above for pick-up locations.

• Our many partners around La Crosse County have been making great strides towards making us the healthiest county in the state by 2015:

 

  • The City of La Crosse recently became the first city in Wisconsin to adopt a Complete Streets policy, which will help make the streets safer for bikes and pedestrians as well as motorized traffic. Read the story..
  • The Village of West Salem become the first municipality in La Crosse County to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance. Read the story.
  • Gundersen Lutheran’s Community and Preventive Care Services and the La Crosse County Health Department collaborated on a “La Crosse County Dining Guide” that lists restaurants in the area that provide healthier options, such as 500 Club menu items, entrée sharing, and the ability for adults to order off the children’s menu. Read more.

 

• At the March 2011 Health Summit, we challenged our project partners to keep track of their media exposure given to our message of “Making the Healthy Choice Together” and our Healthiest County 2015 project. Our goal before the next summit is 750,000 “impressions,” or media exposures. We are six months in, and we have achieved 309,873 impressions. Congratulations to our partners!

July 2011 Update

• Does your business or community organization have a project that would benefit from the help of students or other volunteers? As part of our effort to help La Crosse County be the healthiest in the state by 2015, we are proud to announce a new online website that connects professionals needing additional resources (such as personnel) and students/community volunteers looking for resume-building experiences.

Here’s how it works: If your organization has a project, you can go to the following link and submit a description of the project and what kind of help you need. Your request will then be automatically forwarded to each of our higher education partners, where your project will be matched up with student requests for volunteer, intern, or paid work. Students and community volunteers can also access the site and submit requests to be matched with appropriate projects. Visit the site here for more details.

This project is a collaborative effort between the Consortium, the Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and our partners in higher education (Viterbo University, Western Technical College, and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse). Thanks to our partners for their support!

• At our March 2011 Health Summit, we issued a communications challenge to all of our partners in the Healthiest County 2015 project to help us get the word out about how our partners are “Making the Healthy Choice Together” through media impressions. Media “impressions” are a measure of how many people are likely to read an article, see a news story on TV, hear a radio spot, visit a Facebook page, etc. Our goal is to reach 750,000 media impressions before the next Health Summit in 2012.

As of July 1, 2011, our partners have reported making 231,830 media impressions! Congratulations, and keep up the good work!

March 2011 Update

• On Friday, March 4, nearly 100 representatives of community health organizations attended the 3rd Annual Health Summit. Our graduate intern, Mandy Nogle, introduced a Communication Toolkit that provides resources and ideas for our partners to promote their own work in the context of our new vision for the Healthiest County 2015 project: “Making the Healthy Choice Together.”

Four breakout sessions focused on Chronic Disease, Mental Health, Injury & Violence, and Infectious Disease met after the plenary session to discuss practical applications of the Communication Toolkit within their own fields.

The Consortium’s Population Health Committee will continue to follow up with each of the four groups throughout 2011 to share ideas, make connections between groups, seek funding, and help overcome obstacles to meeting the goals of the 2015 Health Improvement Plan.

• At the March 4th Health Summit, we unveiled our new website: www.lacrosseconsortium.org! Our thanks to WebTeam for their tremendous help in creating our new site. Check back regularly to learn about our projects and to watch the progress of the Healthiest County 2015 effort. We will be updating it regularly.

• On February 24th, nurses and other healthcare professionals from around the area gathered to learn more about nurse residency programs and how they can be a successful step in both recruiting and retaining nursing staff. This was the second in our Clinical Coordination committee’s series of “Nursing Conversations” to discuss aspects of the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” Report, released in October 2010.

Participants heard from Dr. Marilyn Meyer Bratt from the Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program at Marquette University and Cella Janisch-Hartline, a nurse consultant from the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. There was also a panel discussion of two nurse residents and a nurse educator from Gundersen Lutheran and a recruitment specialist from Franciscan Skemp Healthcare.

Special thanks to the Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for providing refreshments for the meeting.

The third and final Nursing Conversation on the topic of AND to BSN Transition will be held Friday, March 18th.

February 2011 Update

• The Consortium will be hosting its third annual Health Summit on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Western Technical College’s Lunda Center. This year’s summit will focus on communicating a common message about the county’s effort to be the healthiest in Wisconsin by 2015. The event is free, and you can register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HealthSummit2011Registration. The registration deadline is February 23.

• The Nurse Education and Clinical Coordination committee has been hosting a series of “Nursing Conversations” to discuss aspects of the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” Report, released in October 2010.

Our first Nursing Conversation was held January 28th at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in La Crosse. Christie Seibert, MD, of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health discussed how their medical curriculum was changed into an interdisciplinary format that incorporates public health into more traditional medical training. Thank you to Franciscan Skemp for providing lunch and refreshments for our participants.

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition will take part in a statewide campaign to prevent underage drinking during prom and graduation time called “Parents Who Host Lose the Most.” We will have materials available that provide tips for hosting safe parties for teens, facts about hosting laws, and resources for more information.

If your organization would like brochures, yard signs, window clings, or other materials to distribute in your workplace or to your constituents, please contact Catherine Kolkmeier at 608-785-5151 or kolkmeie.cath@uwlax.edu for more information. Materials will be available beginning in March.

• The Consortium’s Healthiest County 2015 project was featured in an online webinar on January 25, 2011. It was broadcast nationally through CountyHealthRankings.org as part of their continuing webinar series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. View the one-hour webinar here.

• Our Healthiest County 2015 project was also featured in an article in Coulee Parenting Connection magazine in February.

November 2010 Update

• Catherine Kolkmeier and Drs. Donna Peterson and Stephen Hargarten of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Injury Research Center were invited to present at the October 26 “Community Engagement for Health” conference in Milwaukee. Their presentation focused on the success of the community-academic partnership at the center of the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior project.

• The Health Science Academy, which is in its second year at the Health Science Center, is now being used as a model in other counties of western Wisconsin. Martha McCabe, Executive Director of the Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center, has been working with area counties to establish similar health profession Academies in Whitehall, Cashton, Viroqua, North Crawford-Seneca-Wauzeka, Prairie du Chien, and Platteville school districts, and there are more in development!

• The Nurse Education Clinical Coordination Committee hosted a viewing site for the UW-Madison’s Littlefield Lecture on October 15 at the Health Science Center. The keynote speaker was Dr. Donna Shalala, former UW-Madison chancellor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, who chaired the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Future of Nursing” initiative. Her presentation of the initiative’s final report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, was followed by a discussion among area nurses, nurse leaders, and nurse educators from the Consortium’s service area. The group is now planning a series of three roundtable discussions in the spring to address components of the report’s recommendations that can be implemented locally.

• Save the date for the 3rd Annual Health Summit! The Summit will come earlier in 2011. Friday, March 4th, we will be hosting area organizations working to advance the Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse Health Improvement Plan. Watch future updates for exact times and location.

September 2010 Update

It has been a busy summer at the Consortium getting ready for a new school year, and we have had several developments:

Health Science Academy The second year of the La Crosse School District’s Health Science Academy has begun, with 18 returning seniors and 24 new juniors in the 2010-2011 class. These students from Logan and Central high schools attend classes here in the Health Science Center, learning about health professions, science, and language arts. The students are each required to complete 20 hours of volunteer time in health-related fields. If you have any opportunities to share, please contact us at the Consortium.

Nursing Education A subgroup of our Nursing Education Clinical Coordination committee recently completed a white paper describing our findings from a survey of registered nurses in the region and their interests in possibly returning to the field of education to teach nursing students. Read the white paper.

Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Because of their involvement in our alcohol coalition and their work with helping reduce underage drinking in our area, the La Crosse Police Department’s Alcohol Compliance and Education (ACE) Team was awarded “Law Enforcement Agency of the Year” by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. They received their award at the 12th annual National Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Leadership Conference in Anaheim CA in August. Congratulations to our partners at the La Crosse Police Department. On a related note, Officer Alan Iverson and Underage Access workgroup chair Tracy Herlitzke (CESA #4) served on the statewide Alcohol, Culture and Environment Workgroup, which just published its recommendations in a report, “Changing Wisconsin’s Alcohol Environment to Promote Safe and Healthy Lives.”

Consortium Staff The Consortium has some new energy in the form of Mandy Nogle, a graduate student in UW-La Crosse’s Master of Public Health in Community Health Education program. Mandy is completing her graduate preceptorship with the Consortium this school year and will be helping us with our Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse project. Welcome Mandy!

May 2010 Update

The 2nd Annual Health Summit, held May 7th, was a success! More than 90 people attended and contributed to the planning process of making La Crosse County the healthiest in Wisconsin by 2015. For more information on the Health Summit and the Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse project, visit our project website or our homepage.

April 2010 Update

• Join us for our 2nd Annual Health Summit on Friday, May 7th. We will hear about the first year’s progress on the Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse effort and will plan for the coming year. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Seth Foldy, Wisconsin State Health Officer, who will speak on “Health Policy and Its Impact on Population Health.” Register on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GNBZHBF. See the flyer here on our homepage: home.lmhsconsortium.org.

• La Crosse County has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control for a two-year effort to prevent obesity through better nutrition and physical activity in the County. The Consortium is part of the leadership team for this project, which ties in closely to our Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse project. See the details here.

• In support of our Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse strategic plan, the La Crosse County Board unanimously approved a resolution to “direct staff to take steps needed to enable the County to reach the goal of being the healthiest County in the state by 2015.” Thanks to the County Board for its support!

• A new web portal for creating a healthier community is now available that was produced in conjunction with Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp, La Crosse County Health Department, the YMCA and the Pioneering Health Communities Coalition. See it here for some great resources: http://phc.laxymca.org.

March 2010 Update

• Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Health Summit on Friday, May 7th. Join health-related organizations dedicated to making La Crosse County No. 1 in the state by 2015. Sessions begin at 9:30 AM and will continue until 1:00 PM in the Health Science Center. Read more about last year’s summit and the Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse project. More details will follow in April and by email.

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Community Coalition hosted “The Buzz Stops Here,” a competition for young people to create videos on YouTube that described how they make safe choices when it comes to using alcohol. Watch the winning video, or visit the contest site to view all the contestants.

January 2010 Update

• The Population Health Committee hosted a press conference to launch the “Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse” strategic plan. The plan provides evidence-based strategies and a five-year timeline for agencies and organizations in La Crosse County to work together to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for County residents.

The Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee’s report, “Looking Forward: Creating a Sustainable Healthcare Workforce,” generated some media attention on how the report translates for the local area.

 

• The Great River Partnership for Health-e People began the process of migrating their website to that of the Consortium’s. The site currently contains contact and resource information, and more will follow soon.

• The work of the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition was featured in an article in the January issue of La Crosse Magazine (no online link).

 


More Consortium History

November 2009

• The Wisconsin Medical Journal published “The Value of a Web-Based Interactive Regional Health Scorecard in Setting Public Health Priorities” by Dr. Brenda Rooney and Dr. Jeff Thompson, an article describing the Consortium’s Health Scorecard. Read the article: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/1d152326#/1d152326/21 or visit the Health Scorecard: www.communityscorecard.com.

• The Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee presented its survey report to the Board of Directors of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, the Wisconsin Hospital Association Workforce Council meeting, and healthcare audiences in Independence, Viroqua and Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

• The Consortium hosted a webinar on conflict engagement on behalf of the Wisconsin Nurses Association.

October 2009

• The Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee published and disseminated a summary report of its two regional healthcare workforce surveys (Healthcare Staff Assessment survey and Retirement and Departure and Retirement Intentions survey), titled “Looking Forward: Creating a Sustainable Healthcare Workforce.” Find a link to the report here: http://home.lmhsconsortium.org/healthcareworkforcereport

• The Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee’s “Looking Forward: Creating a Sustainable Healthcare Workforce” report is presented at the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board annual meeting, along with presentations in Mauston and Tomah.

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition was awarded a one-year Implementation Grant to put their countywide strategic plan into action for reducing binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds. (http://www.lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_c79c8f90-bad1-11de-91ff-001cc4c002e0.html)

September 2009

• The Health Science Academy kicked off its first semester at the Health Science Center. Twenty nine students participated in this Academy, a partnership of the School District of La Crosse, the Consortium, and its partner institutions. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org/healthscienceacademy • The Nursing Education Clinical Coordination Committee administered a regional survey to more than 4,200 registered nurses licensed in the Consortium’s 20-county service area to determine their interest in serving as nurse educators.

• The Population Health Committee began sharing a draft of its Healthiest County 2015: La Crosse strategic plan with area organizations who may take leadership roles to get their feedback on the plan’s proposed goals and tactics.

• Partners in the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition’s Underage Drinking workgroup co-sponsored a Youth Leadership Training, which was attended by more than 30 high school students and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) advisors from Central, Luther, Kickapoo, Holmen, Logan and Bangor high schools.

• The Underage Drinking workgroup launched a mini-grant competition for schools and youth-serving agencies to apply for up to $1000 to fund projects that result in measurable alternatives to underage drinking.

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition submitted an application for a one-year Implementation Grant (SPF-SIG) as a follow-up to the Planning Grant completed September 30, intended to reduce binge drinking among La Crosse County’s 18-25 year-olds.

June 2009

• Workforce Connections, Inc., officially merged their Healthcare Task Force with the Consortium’s Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee to collaborate and avoid duplication of efforts.

• The Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) of the Medical College of Wisconsin awarded a $300,000, three-year Impact (implementation) grant to the Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Community Coalition to reduce underage access to alcohol and reduce the negative consequences of underage drinking, especially injuries and death among 12-20 year olds in La Crosse County (http://www.wkbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=10162956).

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition completed a year-long planning effort (project funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program) to reduce alcohol-related injuries among 12-24 year-olds in La Crosse County. Visit the project page to read about the outcomes of this effort: http://home.lmhsconsortium.org/changingthecultureofriskydrinkingbehavio

May 2009

• The Cultural Competency Committee published one online learning modules on General Diversity and two each on Hmong Culture, Hispanic Culture, Amish Culture, and Native American Culture. Each culture-specific module was made available in two formats—one for general audiences and one for clinical providers. View the modules here: http://home.lmhsconsortium.org/culturalcompetencyresources

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition received a $62,700, five-month planning grant from the Wisconsin Division of Health and Family Services, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to reduce binge drinking among 18-25 year olds in La Crosse County (Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, SPF-SIG).

April 2009

• Consortium staff presented an update of the online clinical placement website to the Select Committee of Workforce Development Committee at the invitation of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in Madison, WI. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org-a.googlepages.com/onlineclinicalplacement2

• The Population Health Committee hosted an area-wide Health Summit with more than 85 participants that discussed ways to improve the health of La Crosse County through efforts in chronic disease, injury and violence, mental health, and infectious disease. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org-a.googlepages.com/healthiestcounty2015:lacrosse

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Coalition hosted “The Plunge,” an all-day event that brought together more than 40 community leaders and immersed them in discussions, presentations, and dialog surrounding the problem of underage drinking in La Crosse County. More than 60 middle and high school students from six La Crosse County schools (Central, Logan, West Salem, Onalaska, and Bangor high schools and Longfellow middle school) showcased their support against underage drinking.

March 2009

• The Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Behavior Community Coalition co-sponsored a Town Hall Meeting at Central High School for 215 community leaders, students and parents that addressed underage drinking. A panel of youth, law enforcement, and AODA counselors discussed underage and binge drinking following national keynote speaker Toren Volkman, co-author of From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking.

February 2009

• The Population Health Committee released a brochure describing the Health Scorecard. View the brochure: http://home.lmhsconsortium.org/healthscorecardproject

• The Nurse Education Clinical Coordination Committee (formerly Nursing Clinical Placements) formed a nurse educator/service subcommittee to identify ways academia and healthcare organizations can work together to increase the current nursing faculty and assist with the projected nurse educator shortage.

• The Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee administered an Individual Retirement and Departure Intention survey to healthcare employees from participating institutions.

December 2008

• The Regional Simulation Initiative workgroup adopted a formal workplan for coordinating the use of simulation equipment among Consortium partners.

• Based on research gathered by the Nursing Clinical Placement Committee on nursing student exam performance, the Wisconsin Hospital Association invited the Consortium to sponsor a webinar for nursing officers in area hospitals about trends in the NCLEX exam, which is required for all registered nurses to practice.

September 2008

• The Nursing Clinical Placements Committee began piloting their online clinical placement website using spring 2009 requests from academic institutions for clinical sites. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org-a.googlepages.com/onlineclinicalplacement2

June 2008

• A compilation of healthcare academic programs available in the 7 Rivers Region was added to the Consortium website to assist local academic institutions and employers in keeping abreast of the variety of programs offered. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org-a.googlepages.com/healthcarecareerladder

• The Cultural Competency Committee developed a list of online, book, and periodical resources for those interested in improving their cultural competencies or in learning more about various cultures. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org-a.googlepages.com/culturalcompetencyresources

• The Nursing Clinical Placement Committee conducted a regional needs assessment among healthcare organizations to determine their interest in taking a regional approach to providing simulation resources for academia and healthcare organizations.

May 2008

• The Healthcare Workforce Shortages Committee administered a Healthcare Staff Assessment survey to participating healthcare human resources departments in the region to determine their perceived future staffing needs.

• The Nursing Clinical Placements Committee created a Simulation Steering Committee to develop a vision and workplan for coordinating simulation regionally.

February 2008

• The Consortium hosted a Regional Simulation Summit for regional healthcare and academic institutions to determine their interest in cooperating within the 7 Rivers Region to offer simulation options.

December 2007

• The Health Scorecard was updated to provide a scoring component that compares county and state data to state and national benchmarks, such as Healthy People 2010. http://www.communityscorecard.org

August 2007

• Together with the Health Education Industry Partnership the Consortium was awarded a grant from the Center for Innovative Health Science Education and Practice (CIHSEP) for a joint pilot project to create an online clinical nursing placement tool.

June 2007

• The Cultural Competency Committee conducted a needs assessment survey among the region’s counties to identify their cultural competency needs.

April 2007

• The Consortium presented its proposed online clinical nursing site software options at the Wisconsin Governor’s Nursing Summit.

• The Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program awarded a Development Grant of $50,000 to a partnership of the Consortium and MCW's Injury Research Center to develop a strategic plan for reducing and preventing injuries related to alcohol use and abuse among 12-24 year-olds in La Crosse County. Visit the project site to read about the goals of this project: http://home.lmhsconsortium.org/changingthecultureofriskydrinkingbehavio

March 2007

• The Health Scorecard was launched online: www.communityscorecard.com

February 2007

• The Consortium hosted a “Celebrating Collaboration” event at the Health Science Center to acknowledge the project committee work that has taken place to date.

• Twenty-two nurses completed the “Online Nursing Preceptor Training,” funded by the Consortium’s Telehealth grant.

January 2007

• The Consortium presented the Healthcare Workforce Shortages committee’s goals to members of the Western Wisconsin Hospital Association (CEOs of regional hospitals).

• A LEAP (Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing) grant was awarded to UW-Madison, which established a regional learning collaborative in Western Wisconsin. http://www.son.wisc.edu/LEAP/

• The Consortium’s Telehealth grant funded “Nurse Educators for Tomorrow,” a pilot program to encourage RNs to further their education to become nurse educators. Four students began the MSN program, and three students began the BSN program.

December 2006

• The Consortium’s Telehealth grant made preceptor training information available for 55 agencies in an effort to provide free training to 60 nurses that were interested in increasing their preceptor skills.

• The Nursing Clinical Placement Committee was invited to present its committee goals to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

September 2006

• The Consortium administered a survey among regional healthcare organizations to determine their interest in becoming clinical placement site for nursing students, or in increasing the number of students accepted.

• The Nursing Clinical Placements Committee began to pilot a process using StudentMax software to begin entering nursing clinical sites electronically. http://home.lmhsconsortium.org-a.googlepages.com/onlineclinicalplacement2

December 2005/January 2006

 

  • The Consortium launched eight Project Committees, each tasked with developing collaborative projects in a specific subject area, involving Consortium partners and the communities they served. Over time, this list has merged into four active committees:
    • Population Health
    • Healthcare Workforce Shortages
    • Nursing Education Clinical Coordination
    • Cultural Competency

 

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