The action plan contains goals, objectives, and activities that are tailored specifically to residents of Marathon County, while remaining aligned with the Wisconsin State health improvement plan.
The Marathon County Board of Health and Healthy Marathon County Board of Directors served as the catalyst for establishing the 2017-2020 Marathon County community health priorities.
Marathon County Health Department staff served as the planning and facilitation team for the community health improvement planning process.
Identification of Priorities
In May 2016, the Board of Health and Healthy Marathon County representatives adopted six community health priorities. The six health priorities were determined using a tiered-approached with priorities ranked by importance from highest to lowest. This tiered-approach demonstrates a need to focus on the top three priorities of Alcohol & Other Drug Misuse and Abuse, Behavioral Health, and Adverse Childhood Experiences, which are not only causing the greatest burden on our community, but also have most community resources with potential for solutions.
An important aspect of this tiered-approach is the recognition that social & economic factors influence the entire spectrum of the community health priorities. Social and economic factors are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.” This includes the broader forces that shape the health of our communities including “economics, social policies, and politics” and factors such as employment, community safety, income, educational attainment, family and social support, as well as racism and other forms of discrimination. Also included is the concept of “health equity”, defined as “fairness in the distribution of power and resources and the freedom to achieve healthy outcomes between groups of differing levels of social disadvantage.”
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