Please join us for Advancing Health Equity 2020. This one-day conference will highlight how community-led partnerships are working to achieve health and health equity in Wisconsin.
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Health Dunn Right conference held on campus draws 150 people
During the conference, one of the keynote speakers was Lauri Badura of Oconomowoc (pictured above), who talked about drug addiction and its relationship with mental health and her grassroots organization, Saving Others for Archie. She started SOFA in memory of her first son, Archie, 19, who died from a heroin overdose in 2014.
KT Gallagher, Director of Public Health revealed the results of the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). According to the CHNA, the top 5 health needs in Dunn County are:
1. Mental Health
3. Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse
4. Chronic Disease
5. Safe & Affordable Housing
Scroll down for some photos of the conference and read the full article about the conference and the results of the CHNA at UW-Stout’s website: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/news-center/mental-health-concerns-top-dunn-county-community-health-needs-survey
Save the date for our next Coalition meeting: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019. 11am – 2pm (lunch provided). Register by clicking here.
Below is a visual image of how the Health Dunn Right Coalition structure functions. The leaves represent one “working group”. These groups communicate and collaborate with each other in order to move the work of the coalition forward. A representative of each of these groups will communicate with the Steering Committee and the Steering Committee will communicate with the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council makes decisions based on the recommendations of the Steering Committee and what the community needs are.
Goal: To achieve this goal, we agree on a set of shared assumptions on how to work together!
- Value diversity in all its forms.
- Operate with the assumption of goodwill. Agree to assume neutral intent.
- Operate with the understanding that we have common goals.
- Trust the process, question the path.
- Share the workload. (As equitably as possible).
- Volunteer joyfully for tasks that align with your skill set and interest.
- Share your professional “triggers” so that others can respond in ways that are helpful.
- Be timely in responses. Prioritize your teammates. Respond directly, (as appropriate) with acknowledgment and feedback as needed.
- Let others know if you need help.
- Speak your own truth.
- Share your thoughts. If your gut tells you to speak up, speak up! None of us are mind readers.
- It’s okay to change your mind after reflection.
- Be transparent.
- Be aware that silence might mean something. Help your teammates find their voice. Push past your own fears and speak up.
- Let everyone’s voice be heard. Set the table for everyone.
- Share your biases with your teammates.
- Be aware that pride and ego are professional hazards that can trip us up if we are not careful.
- Be aware of “power balancing” and how it can impact our work.
- Respect the time and space needed for thoughtful reflection of ideas.
- Lean into the process. Trust your teammates.
Its purpose is to identify the most serious/important health issues and risky behaviors in Dunn County. Local organizations will use this data to help affect change in areas that really matter to the health of the community.
Individuals and organizations interested in advancing health in Dunn County are invited to attend a Health Coalition Design Day Conference. The goal of the day is to create a community coalition of government and nonprofit agencies, parents, teachers, law enforcement, businesses, religious leaders, legislators, schools, health providers and other community activists who are mobilizing at the local level to make our community safer, healthier and more vigorous.
The development of a health coalition has been called for by health providers and nonprofits in Dunn County after the results of two county wide needs assessments (links provided below). Trending health topics that need our urgent attention are: nutrition, physical activity and obesity; mental health; alcohol and other drug use; and chronic disease prevention and management.
- Dunn County Community Health Assessment 2011-2015
- Mayo Health Clinic Red Cedar Community Health Needs Assessment 2016
In addition, County Health Rankings for every community in the USA helped crystallize some of the urgent health concerns our neighbors face. New online resources such as What Works for Health are helping communities understand evidence-based strategies for improving health.
We recommend this excellent article on the Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity available from the Kaiser Family Foundation to help you prepare for the day: