Statewide and local activities to address the priorities have been developed and will be implemented over the next five years. Effective health promotion and disease prevention require:
Coordinated efforts among medical and non-medical professionals and agencies, including public health, social services, mental health, educational services, parents, caregivers and many other members of the broader community. (systems approach)
An acknowledgement that individual health outcomes are impacted by influences much broader than health care alone, including the social and environmental context. (socio-ecological model)
Awareness that there are periods of heightened vulnerability during which negative exposures can be especially damaging resulting in optimal times for intervention or more pointedly - missed opportunities when these interventions do not occur during these important early developmental periods. (life course theory)
The impact expected from systems that better coordinate and integrate services across programs and providers while investing in community-based prevention, health promotion, developmental support services and the delivery of consistent information to families will be better health outcomes for all of Wisconsin mothers, children and families.