Oral Health in Wisconsin

The Oral Health Program at the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) describes its mission as promoting and improving oral health for the benefit of all Wisconsin citizens. The program website lists various ways the program accomplishes their mission including policy development, technical assistance, needs assessment, training, education, and through the planning, implementation, and evaluation of preventive oral health programs.

The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to the reports and surveys published by the Oral Health Program. Here are just a sample of what you’ll find:

Click here to see all state documents about oral health available through the Wisconsin Digital Archives. For additional information, visit the DHS website.

Blog post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Resources to Help People with Dementia, Their Families, and Their Communities

According to the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS), Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are already straining Wisconsin’s long-term care system, and the number of people affected is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boom generation ages. DHS estimates that in 2015 there were 115,000 Wisconsin residents with dementia. By 2040, the percentage of individuals with dementia in Wisconsin is expected to increase to 242,000.

In 2014, DHS created the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign Plan. The plan made improving care for people with dementia and their families one of DHS’ top priorities. The Wisconsin Digital Archives provides access to the redesign plan and other documents and resources to support the implementation of the plan.

In 2018, DHS and partner organizations will be working on a new state plan to help people with dementia, their families, and their communities. Stay on top of the development of the new plan by visiting the DHS website. As new documents are published they will also be made available through the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

Post written by: Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin, 2013

The website of WISC-tv Madison (www.channel3000.com) reported that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has released a new report that shows Wisconsin residents obtained fewer abortions in 2013 than in 2012, continuing a five-year decline from 2009. The full report can be found on the DHS webpage, http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/P4/p45360-13.pdf.

Docs in the News

I have noticed a pattern with documents in the news. It seems that frequently, a story on an internet news site will mention a new report published by a government agency, but there is no link in the story to the report, and no other information about how to get it.

I’d like to start adding links to those reports on this blog, using the tag “Docs in the News” and adding a tag for the agency the report comes from. Even though these documents are usually fairly easy to find using Google, I think it might be helpful to have the links available in one spot. It might also be interesting to track how often government information is mentioned in the news.

The news story that spurred this blog post was from NBC15 Madison, about the Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin. The report, The Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin, 2007-2011, Released 2014, was published by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is available from their website. It was produced in cooperation with the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Mental Health America of Wisconsin. The department also has a press release announcing the publication, with links at the bottom for more suicide prevention materials.